Sustainable (2016)

Sustainable (2016)
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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release year: 2016 ()
  • Running time: 92 min
  • Original Title: Sustainable
  • Voted: 527

America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have emerged who provide hope that the health of our nation might still remain within our grasp. Sustainable weaves together expert analysis of America's food and farming system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. Amidst the cornfields of Illinois lives the hero of the film - Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. The film unearths the future of agriculture - a marriage of age-old tradition and groundbreaking science. Industry pioneers from around the nation reveal the secrets behind human ...

  • Uplifting & Important Documentary by 7

    This uplifting and important documentary focuses mostly on the 160 acre Illinois farm of Marty Travis, which has been family owned and operated since 1830. Travis, along with his wife Kris and son Will, is determined to organically grow quality yields that will shun the large commercial farm methods using herbicides and GMO's.

    He has built up a network of chefs and restaurants in the Chicago area that want his product, and has also successfully joined in a collaborative effort with neighboring farms to schedule crop growth on an alternating yearly track that will not only satisfy customer needs but also keep the land they own sustainable for the future.

    Travis, aside from the most important tenet of quality above quantity, really wants to help people achieve their best health and applauds others around the globe who work towards stopping environmental destruction. Later in the movie, we will meet other farmers and ranchers who share this goal and in their own unique ways have taken action to achieve it.

    I obtained this doc, a film by Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher, from my local library. It has on the DVD a 92 min. and a 52 min. version, and I watched the 92 min. one. Unfortunately, the DVD has no subtitles.

  • Helpful but not quite .. by 6

    The quality of the documentary is ok, I mean the filming production. But if you look at statistics and trusted information you will find that it is not sustainable to raise lifestock or other animal products.

  • Strong start but a flawed ending by 3

    I liked the first part of the movie, when they talked about growing organic grains and vegetables, but then the story tried to explain how to correctly raise livestock.Scientifically, we are at a point that raising animals for food has issues regarding the environment, animal rights, and our health. So, I didn't find the later part of the documentary in line with the concerns of United Nations and other major environmental institutions.If we look at the issue of world hunger today, with all the industrialized animal farming methods, we realize that still we cannot feed everyone on the planet, let alone we raise animals in a slower pace methods. Of course it is not going to be sustainable in terms of being able to feed people.

  • An interesting and comprehensive story told through unique voices by 7

    What do you know about where your food comes from? What does it really mean to be sustainable in the agricultural industry? How can we feed the world? The 2016 documentary, Sustainable, answers all these questions and more from the perspective of small scale farmers. Told primarily through the voices of a seventh generation farmer in Illinois, Sustainable tells the story of how the people who call what is often termed 'flyover country' home are working tirelessly to change the food systems in America. Blending agriculture, environmental science, economics, marketing, and culture the film examines the movement from all sides while avoiding the fear mongering often present in exposes on the food industry and health crisis in the United States.

    I appreciated the synergy between the academic research presented and the positive results that the independent farmers found in their crops. Furthermore, I believe that the film convincingly made an argument for how food grown in a sustainable fashion is capable of feeding the world, responding directly to the most common criticisms of price and output. By combining this with the more commonly known positive environmental effects, the documentary is able to bring the goals of both sides together. The documentarians have deployed humor as a weapon against the marketing of food trends to consumers with great impact, and a rather damning conclusion.

    In my opinion, the one negative about the film is that I found it mildly disjointed, and I had some difficulty holding all of the different threads to the story. By trying to come at the issue with a holistic perspective and include as many examples as possible, the product has a cohesive message, but maybe not a cohesive narrative. Even with this downfall, overall I found the documentary to not only be a fascinating look at a grassroots food movement, but also a compelling argument for a larger cultural shift.

1Matt Wechslerdirector
2Annie Speicherproducer
3Marty Travisself
4Dan Barberself
5Rick Baylessself
6Mark Bittmanself