Grains are important sources of many nutrients and minerals and are grown worldwide.
Grain production therefore affects the economies of many developing countries and establishing a sustainable grain production process is a step towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals of achieving sustainable agriculture, working towards alleviating poverty and hunger as well as sustainable and responsible production and consumption.
Check out our list of movies that talk about this stable commodity in our kitchen: Grains.
Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. – Banksy
A Movie is a strong medium of spreading a message to millions of people around the world. Each movie presents a different message, equally important than the first. Here we have a list of movies that talks about a commodity that has been an important source of food for many generations, grains. Grains are important sources of many nutrients and minerals and are grown worldwide. Grain production therefore affects the economies of many developing countries and establishing a sustainable grain production process is a step towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals of achieving sustainable agriculture, working towards alleviating poverty and hunger as well as sustainable and responsible production and consumption.
1. The Great American Wheat Harvest
The Great American Wheat Harvest is a documentary about the families who work hard and spend each summer harvesting thousand acres of land travelling from Texas to the Canadian border. The film highlights the hard work and risks that the farmers have to go through to provide food on our tables. The farmers have to go through a series of unfortunate events like weather problems, high fuel prices and sometimes even a fire. Even though the men and women harvesting the wheat face many issues and hardships, there is a harmonious agreement that they would not want to do anything else. They understand that they are responsible for feeding the world.
2. The Grain Divide
The Grain Divide is a documentary about the pursuit of real answers to one of the most debated food questions of our time surrounding modern wheat and grains. Where on one side, there is a rise in theories suggesting the elimination of these food groups while also understanding that these have been what people have been consuming for generations. This documentary tries to look beyond the perceptions and dig deeper into not only dwelling on the major problems surrounding wheat and grains but also trying to seek real solutions.
3. The War on Wheat
The War on Wheat is a documentary that presents the theories by Dr. William Davis who strongly believes that genetically modified wheat is a health threat throughout the world. However, there is not much scientific evidence that can back his theory. His claims that consuming wheat is bad for everyone has affected many companies who have seen a fall in their sales once the masses have moved to a wheat-free diet. The film also presents that opposing views of many other experts who disagree with the claims made by Davis owing to the lack of scientific evidence to support it. The question remains though, why is the anti-wheat diet so popular. The film explores the impact that celebrity endorsement would have on the decisions that people make and how science has little to do with these decisions.
4. King Corn
This is a film that follows two college friends, Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move from Boston to Iowa to farm an acre of corn. Coincidentally, this decision takes them back to where both these friends and their family had their roots. The two friends identify the impact of government subsidies in encouraging the increased industrial production of corn, thereby moving towards the elimination of the family farms. This film highlights the influence that the government and the economies have on what is grown without understanding their true economic, environmental and social impacts. Throughout the movie, the two friends try to raise awareness about the increased production of corn and its by-products.
This is a movie that follows Daniel Greer, who returns home after the Boer War to discover that he has not taking to the fast and urban city life and instead decides to take up farming and move to the countryside and start his life as a wheat farmer. In the beginning, his farm is successful and prosperous but soon his farm falls victim to the nationwide drought. Daniel struggles to keep his farm afloat and dies before he could see the end of the drought. However, after his passing, his wife continues her husband’s work on the farm.