Movie Review: In Defense of Food is Definitely Worth Seeing, Here’s Why

Just the other day, Michael Pollan, arguably the most well-known food writer in the country, debuted his new film In Defense of Food.

And when I asked a handful of other people if they had seen it, the immediate response I got was “I’ve read the book”, implying that there was no need to watch this movie.

While it is true that many, many of us have read the book, this film is definitely worth seeing. Here is why. Read more »


Runoff is This Year’s Most Powerful and Important Food Movie

(SEE BELOW FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH THE FILMMAKERS.)

With the DARK Act heating up and the disastrous TPP close to approval, we are not far from the point where the government will allow uncontrolled contamination of organic farms from GMOs and mass exposure to super-toxic pesticides, not to mention GMO-labeling being declared illegal.

This means that our only remaining option to fight back and protect ourselves is for individual citizens to come together en masse to reject the propaganda of Monsanto, Dow, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and embrace organic.

But how do we accomplish this? Read more »


MUST-WATCH: The Documentary BITTER SEEDS Tells the Shocking Story of Why 250,000 Farmers in India Have Committed Suicide

Recently, I was sent a screener of the documentary BITTER SEEDS, winner of the Green Screen Award at IDFA Amsterdam, winner of the Global Justice Award at OXFAM Novib, and official selection at the Telluride Film Festival.

Despite all of its acclaim, I put off watching the movie because I knew the horror that would be awaiting me. And my fears were completely justified.

Never before have I watched a film where I have had a tear in my eye from beginning to end. Never.

India is suffering a major crisis right now – 250,000 farmers have committed suicide over the past 16 years. But why are they doing this? Read more »


New Movie: LAST CALL AT THE OASIS Opens Today

I just found out about a new documentary about water that opens today and wanted to let you know about it as soon as I could.

The movie is called LAST CALL AT THE OASIS and has been developed, financed and executive produced by the same people who brought us FOOD, INC.

As you may very well know, I write a good amount about water on livingmaxwell because it is an extremely serious issue that does not get nearly enough attention as it should, and another documentary on this subject is always very welcome. Read more »


Farmageddon, a Must-Watch Movie, is Now Available on DVD

If you’re a new reader to my blog, you may not be aware of a very important documentary called Farrmageddon.

Last year, I wrote several posts about this movie and also screened it for a fundraiser that I held to raise money for The Center for Food Safety.

Farmageddon exposes the USDA’s brutal crackdown on farmers selling raw milk and how the agency’s heavy-handed, corrupt and politically-motivated ways have destroyed the lives of small, organic farmers trying to do the right thing. Read more »


MAY I BE FRANK is a Beautiful, Beautiful Movie

Frank Ferrante walks into Cafe Gratitude, one of my absolute favorite organic restaurants in the country, and is asked by the server, Ryland, “What is one thing that you want to do before you die?”

He responds “I want to fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do.”

Ryland, his brother Cary, and his best friend Conor, feel inspired to help Frank change his situation and decide to take him on a 42-day journey of raw food, a practice of gratitude, weekly colonics, and visits to holistic doctors. Read more »


How Did I Celebrate Food Day? I Watched the Fantastic “What’s on Your Plate?” Documentary in NYC

For those who don’t know, yesterday was Food Day.

Yes, Earth Day but for food — Food Day.

As I wrote about the other day, Food Day hasn’t been around for three decades but this year made a huge comeback. Given the renewed interest in the importance of our food supply, my guess is that Food Day will become an annual event and is here to stay.

Food Day had over 1,800 events scheduled around the country, and last night I went to go see a screening of the documentary What’s on Your Plate? in Manhattan’s East Village. Read more »