Being green, eco-friendly and organic, we've watched a lot of films and documentaries over the years.
These films are very powerful, shocking and overwhelmingly education-packed with information that can help you make more informed decisions to help your dog live a healthier, happier life.
Here are our top 10 documentary films that may just affect the life of your green dog.
If you are unaware of what happens to your food before it appears on your plate or in your dog's bowl, this is the film to watch. Many dog food companies acquire their food from the corporate controlled food industry that also fuels the human food supply. This well rounded and broad documentary shares the shocking, unknown, destructive, inhumane and unhealthy evidence of just how dangerous factory farming is to animals and to people.
A brilliant and eye opening documentary by Josh Fox exposes the dangers of 'fracking,' the technology used in the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Fox undercovers the trail of secrets, lies and injustice that's leaving a wealth of water and environmental contamination in its wake.
If you've ever re-used a plastic bag to pick up and dispose of your dog's waste, this is the film for you. As Americans continue to use thousands of plastic bags every five minutes, 'Bag It' examines where all those bags go and and at what cost they are bringing to our environment, marine life and human health. 'Bag It' follows "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic filled world.
Super Size Me
Day after day, millions of dogs eat poor quality dog food, just like millions of Americans who eat poor quality human food from fast food restaurants and drive thrus. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you only ate food from fast food restaurants, three meals a day, seven days a week for a month? While taking a look at the influence of the fast food industry on the health of Americans, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences of his own health by consuming a diet of only McDonald's food for one month in 'Super Size Me.' It's sometimes sickening, however very enlightening, in providing you insight into the affects of an individual's (and perhaps a dog's) health on just one month of poor quality, fattening, overly processed, chemically and sugar laden foods.
If every week your dog barks at the trash man, this is one you'll want to see. Perhaps not as powerful as many of the documentaries on this list, 'Trashed' investigates and educates you about one of the fastest growing industries in America...the garbage business. Not only does it dive into what happens to what you throw out for the trash man, but dives into the consequences of nearly half a billion tons of trash that Americans produce annually, then showcases individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model of our trash laden society.
The World According to Monsanto
Chemicals are so prevalent in our society, and more and more are becoming aware of the dangers of those chemicals on our health, our dog's health and the environment. There is no company more dominant and responsible for some of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet than Monsanto. In 'The World According to Monsanto' French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin takes you on a journey discovering how Monsanto got started and how it has grown to strive to dominate the world's food supply.
An Inconvenient Truth
This documentary may be seven years old, but it's still the most thorough and educational documentary on our environment as a whole. Al Gore for many years has had a calling; to bring attention to the increasingly desperate crisis of global warming. 'An Inconvenient Truth' makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don’t act now.
Fresh, healthy, organic, local food...what we all want for us and for our dogs. 'Fresh,' a documentary by Ytit Chauhan, 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 for our health and for our environment.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Water, it's the basis of a dog's life and one of our most precious resources. Clean, fresh water may seem like a right, but to many it's a commodity and to others a privilege. 'Blue Gold' is the story of how corporations have been battling to privatize our water supply - and succeeding.
Pedigree Dogs Exposed
This list wouldn't be complete without a documentary about dogs. In 2008 the BBC aired a very controversial program entitled 'Pedigree Dogs Exposed.' The documentary showcased the level of inherited disease and other welfare concerns in man's best friend, and the surprising (to some) historical factors that have contributed to problems in some breeds, while exploring what might be done to tackle these serious and debilitating health issues. Individuals, companies and welfare organizations rallied to the point that the documentary eventually brought change in a positive direction as The Kennel Club (UK) consequently revised 78 of it's breed standards to help promote healthier dog breeds. This program will enlighten any dog lover to the affects of the long term consequences of irresponsible breeding of man's best friend.