Whether the family herbivore has finally gotten to you or you've heard about some of the twisted practices of the mainstream food industry in passing, there are 5 food documentaries that will make you never want to eat again—for at least an hour after watching them. Any of these documentaries are likely to influence a change in your dietary lifestyle at some point.

"Supersize Me"

This film forced Mcdonald's to do away with the "Supersize" option on their menu and focus on making things like apple slices available to customers. Watching the transformation of an active, physically sound male devolve at the hands of the Golden Arches into a potbellied, channel-flicker will, at least, have you eying your plate more closely than you ever have.

"Food Inc."

An Emmy award-winner Robert Kenner's "Food Inc." presents the facts about food but strives for balance. You'll see gross abuses of animals, but you'll also witness the business-sense-gone-mad that fuels it. The infamous Monsanto is also highlighted (as they should be) for their questionable and wholly inhuman approach to agriculture. "Food Inc." is a call to conscience that is sobering but edited with style. The film is more ambitious than "King Corn," but it touches on some of the same issues. You'll probably have a membership to the local co-op within a week of watching it.


Behind-the-scenes footage of the "industry" you likely invest in daily is highlighted in this film and is accompanied by the sober narration of Joaquin Phoenix for a more completely soul-wrenching sob-session. This documentary will make a grown man cry or at least feel physically ill (we all process our reactions differently). It's been known to make an instant vegan of a previously happy carnivore, which is good for the four-leggers and the soul, but don't expect it to go down light.

"King Corn"

Take a journey with Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis beyond the East Coast to the Heartland. Watch them employ genetically modified seed and poison-chemical pesticides in pursuit of a crop of the most covertly ubiquitous food/food-additive in America: corn. You won't look at anything inorganic on your table the same way again.

"The Future of Food"

Deborah Koons Garcia and Catherine Butler investigate the corporate practice of driving farmers off their land (worldwide) while frankenfood is slipped into the food supply as covertly as possible. The film extends food for thought with a firm foundation in fact, pulling you in fairly immediately. It's available for full legal viewing online if you're currently on the budget-documentary plan.