Posted on May 17, 2012


Disclaimer: No one is paying me to do this and I don’t have any stake in any of the film companies which produce the films.  No one has ever sent me a free copy of a documentary to view or review, and they probably never will.  The views and opinions I’m expressing here are entirely my own.  Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started:


The official website:

The filmmakers: Produced and Directed by: ana Sofia joanes; Edited by: Mona Davis; Director of Photography: Valery Lyman (See website for additional credits.)

The studio:Specialty Studios/Ripple Effect Inc.

Watch it: You can see the film on streaming Netflix, watch it instantly on Amazon, or buy it on the official website.  This is the trailer:

Original Release: 2009

Fresh deals with many of the same issues and concerns as Food Inc; especially the pollution, fertility, and food safety issues of factory farming.  You get a first hand look at people who have chosen to do things differently, farming in accordance with the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth, and allowing animals to move and live naturally in a clean environment.  The film also addresses the issues of sustainability and production which are often raised when comparing conventional and organic farming methods.  It touches on the topics of disease, GMOs, company contracts, economics, and quality.

One thing I think this documentary does very well is to document the journey and transition that brings people to more sustainable farming and living.  It shows people that not only “hippies” and “tree-huggers” are interested in this sort of thing.  Many of their interviewees have worked with conventional agricultural systems and then transitioned away from them over time.  They also spend some time on an urban farming initiative called Growing Power, showing that with proper organization and input, it is possible to grow clean healthy food almost anywhere.

Fresh may not cover a lot of new ground, but what it does do is manage a very good balance between realism and optimism while providing a thorough overview of our current food system, its issues, and alternatives.

The Verdict: If you’ve seen a slew of food related documentaries already, this one is a well-made example of the genre.  If you are a new-comer to the topic or want to provide a comprehensive overview for someone else, this film would be a good place to start.

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