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Sustainable (2016) Online
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Movie / Documentary / History / News
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Directror :
Matt Wechsler
Cast :
Marty Travis,Dan Barber,Rick Bayless
Writer :
Matt Wechsler
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1h 32min
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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 ... See full summary

Sustainable (2016) Online

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 ...
Credited cast:
Marty Travis Marty Travis - Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Barber Dan Barber - Himself
Rick Bayless Rick Bayless - Himself
Mark Bittman Mark Bittman - Himself
Kelly Brownell Kelly Brownell - Himself
John Ikerd John Ikerd - Himself
Fred Kirschenmann Fred Kirschenmann - Himself
Matthew Liebman Matthew Liebman - Himself
Klaas Martens Klaas Martens - Himself
Marion Nestle Marion Nestle - Herself
Bill Niman Bill Niman - Himself
Nicolette Niman Nicolette Niman - Herself
Greg Wade Greg Wade - Himself

User reviews



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.


A previous reviewer stated the Amish farmer's interview ruined it for him. He quoted the man as saying "our SOULS are too degraded to support sustainable agriculture."

What the farmer actually said was " Our SOILS are too degraded to support sustainable agriculture, we need to be practicing regenerative agriculture."

Just like humans have to heal before they can have a healthy day to day life.

Absolutely great documentary.


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.


Really well done in so many areas. I thought they handled controversial topics quite well and I learned a lot. Unfortunately, the Amish farmer interview ruined it for me. His statement that our "souls have become too degraded" for sustainable farming made me stop watching immediately.