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Fresh (2009)

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Fresh outlines the vicious cycle of our current food production methods, while also celebrating the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system, from a basketball player and former-executive-turned-urban-farmer to a poetic prophet of the fields who tells us: "We can raise everything we need without any of the industrial food system."

Director Ana Joanes takes her camera coast to coast and explores the lives of amazing Americans who are redefining the way we eat and how we live. Fresh features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's 2008 Genius Award, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and supermarket owner, David Ball, who continues to challenge our discount superstore-dominated economy. Both an enlightening documentary and a stirring call to action, Fresh transforms the way we look at food.

Will Allen, Joel Salatin
Ana Sofia Joanes

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kimca_2, posted on May 3, 2016

I really enjoyed watching this film. It is very informative and inspiring.

SHEILAM5, posted on January 6, 2015

I really felt the heart of the filmmakers and those interviewed coming through! Nicely done, loving perspective (I cried sad tears watching the chicks being tossed but also cried happy tears for the piglets getting to nurse normally, while getting to keep their curly tails! I shared this publicly on Facebook in honor of both sets of my grandparents whom were farmers. This film could inspire me to leave my corporate job and farm! I know it could inspire others. I eat mostly plant based organic food. No dairy. No grains. No pork. No fast food. No soda. No processed foods. We buy Alaskan salmon and scallops from a fisherman at our local farmer's market and I blog about that (and many other natural and holistic topics on Examiner (dot) com. I buy Beyond Organic and other grass fed beef or buffalo on occasion and enjoy it when we do. I believe it is healthier for us and the planet to eat less meat. It also saves us money. I hardly ever even get a sniffle and do not need health care. My desire is to help educate others on sustainable and healthy living alternatives.

terry1, posted on January 5, 2015

BRAVO! Thank You for educating all of us on the real possiblities of our way of life!

Maidenhair, posted on January 4, 2015

Excellent and in tears to know how ones as the local farmers are putting first their intuitive love for Healthy Life
As of 2015 today we can all do it starting to believe in raising our Farm animals as in raising our Gardens it's happening more and more over the entire Planet
Way to Go! FRESH!

lila222, posted on January 4, 2015

Thank you for making this available. Always fascinated. The more I know the more changes keep coming for the better. Mind, body, spirit. Thanks again!

Ruth8, posted on September 14, 2014

I read the omnivores dilemma and I must say my husband and I enjoyed this film. It is interesting what a difference a few people are making. We have been buying from local farmers. They still have a ways to go and I hear their struggles. It was well done.

pinksparkle1965, posted on September 14, 2014

Thanks for great information

GAELLAE, posted on September 1, 2014

Interesting to note where we've come in the 5 years since this film was made (2009). We've still got a long way to go to stop subsidizing corporate industrialization of our food supply that is killing us and make the shift to locally ecologically sound natural healthy foods. I quite liked the inclusion of family farmers who are caught in a bind of "seed to plate" industrialization of their farms and what they need to do to survive given the current situation. Diversity, integrated farms and livestock, the herding methods really smart. I still cannot eat meat, have no desire to eat it, but appreciate more humane raising of the animals and when the slaughter houses become more humane with appreciation for the life given that we may live, well, that would make a huge difference. So much not only what we do, but the spirit in which we do it. Good film, well done, nice perspective filled with people finding their way through to the ground of life.

summersol, posted on March 13, 2014

This type of food not only has much better flavor but it also satisfies the hunger in a way that the sterile GMO crops and meats don't satisfy. Our family only buys organic for home use. At those times we eat out we order much less than we would if better choices were available. I'd like to see Gaiam take the next step and add a bit more information to the bio under each film (links, contact names, etc.).

irie, posted on March 3, 2014

I would recommend to read Micheal Poland's book The omnivore's diet. Industry will only change if people demand different. Eating less meat or look for grass fed, support local farmers using local non monoculture crops

TARAD, posted on January 10, 2014

It makes me angry that most farmers will never buy into this because they have drank the kool-aid that clouds their right thinking

dragonwchimes, posted on July 1, 2013

I wish this video was available for everyone to see!!! It has been proven that sustainable and organic farming actually have HIGHER yields of healthy food than GMO crop production!! If everyone thought this way and applied it, respect for animals who entered into a sacred contract with humans to give their lives to us, the world would be a better place..

allanbruun, posted on June 29, 2013

Very inspiring and good information

oct7becky, posted on June 28, 2013

Inspiring to see the positive transformation of aware, good willed people create positive healthy ways for the food we eat!!! :)

Karres, posted on May 16, 2013

Excellent movie with hope and real answers!

veelau, posted on March 17, 2013

Very well done and incredibly informative.

alicat, posted on January 30, 2013

This is an amazing movie, very inspiring, showing that the way we grow, consume, and support food and farm practices is a social justice movement, an environmental movement, is sustainable, possible, and happening in our own backyards throughout North America! I am very grateful to have watched this movie, it lifted my spirits and reaffirmed the way my husband and I try to live - buying what we believe in, and supporting local and organically grown food and other products wherever we can. THANK YOU :)

alubaszka, posted on November 10, 2012

Excellent documentary that everyone should see in order to learn where your food comes from and how it is manufactured and how it can be improved and sustained.

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