5 Plant-Inspired Documentaries to watch in 2021

I've always enjoyed documentaries as a format to challenge our ways of thinking, and two areas that I believe are in need of challenge today are food and the environment and our relationship with them. Here are 5 thought-provoking documentaries that have shocked, inspired and educated in equal measure and if you have an evening going spare then they are well worth a watch.

1. My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual relationship with an octopus living in South Africa and learns that there are lessons we can all learn from her.

2. I am Greta

The story of a remarkable teenager who has become the voice of a generation who believe we must act now to save our planet.

3. Rotten

Rotten is a docuseries which looks at the problems that arise when we start to prioritise profit over all else in our global food industry. "If you eat food, this is an issue you need to worry about."

4. Extinction: The Facts

David Attenburgh looks at our current crisis of biodiversity, extinction and how it may be putting us at risk of pandemic diseases. 

5. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto 

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Michael Pollan shows us how simplicity may be the key to helping us rediscover the pleasures of eating and following a healthy diet.  

6. Seaspiracy

It was simply to hard to choose 5! I also had a tip-off from a friend that this is perhaps the most important documentary to watch right now and is now top of the to-watch list. It looks at the devasting impact humans have on marine species at a global scale.