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In Defense of Food - An Eater's Manifesto
PBS
"Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants." With those seven words, journalist Michael Pollan distills a career's worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people's health by today's industrially-driven Western diet. Pollan offers a…
Food Choices - How Our Diet Affects the Environment
This is a different kind of movie about food. Unlike several other documentaries of the genre that often focus on singular aspects and issues related to food, this feature length film takes a broader look and explores the impact that…
Feeding Frenzy - The Food Industry, Obesity and the Creation of a Health Crisis
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
Over the past three decades, obesity rates in the U.S. have more than doubled for children and tripled for adolescents -- and a startling 70% of adults are now obese or overweight. The result has been a widening epidemic of…
A Year In Burgundy - A Year in the Life of 7 Wine-Making Families
Awarded "5 Stars!" by the Financial Times , this film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well…
Sugar Coated - Investigating PR Tactics Implemented by the Food Industry
Sugar Coated examines the various public relations tactics that the food industry has employed over the years to beat back accelerating concerns about the toxicity of sugar. Its starting point is a secret PR campaign the industry devised in the…
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Soul Food Junkies - A Film About Family, Food & Tradition
Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. Inspired by his father's lifelong love affair with soul…
The Birth of Saké - Passionate Sake-Makers Keep Tradition Alive
In a world where most mass-produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year- old tradition that we have come to know as sake. THE BIRTH OF SAKE is…
Super Size Me - The Fast-Food Industry in America
Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock's social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald's menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts…
Fresh - Sustainable Food Production in America
Our current industrial method of food production is increasingly viewed as an unsustainable system, destructive to the environment and public health. But what is the alternative? Fresh profiles the farmers, thinkers, and business people across the nation who are at…
Fed Up! - Food Production and GMOs
About 70% of the food we eat contains genetically engineered ingredients and the biotech industry is spending $50 million a year to convince us that this technology is our only hope. Using hilarious and disturbing archival footage and featuring interviews…
Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution
For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. As the rate of cancer, infertility and other illnesses linked to environmental factors climbs ever upward each year, we must ask ourselves: why is this…
A Year in Champagne - The History of the Champagne Region in France
The exploding cork. Endless tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn't it? But it's not just bubbles in a glass that makes the…
What Early Agriculturalists Ate
Episode 2 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
The transition to agriculture was perhaps humanity's single greatest social revolution, with mixed results. Explore the factors surrounding the rise of agriculture, how plants and animals were domesticated, and why agriculture directly led to civilization as we know it. Learn…
1492—Globalization and Fusion Cuisines
Episode 17 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Humanity's desire for spices and other luxury items eventually connected the entire globe. Track the powerful trading empires of the Venetians and Portuguese, the Spanish conquest of the New World, and the "Columbian exchange"--where plants and animals from five continents…
Barista - The Battle for the Perfect Cup is On
Every year thousands of baristas compete to see who can make the world's best coffee. They have 15 minutes to make 12 drinks -- to make an impact. It's like the Olympics of the coffee world. BARISTA follows these young,…
Nutrition Basics: Why Food Matters
Each of us eats about fifty tons of food in a lifetime. From this mountain of edibles we obtain four basics of life - water, energy, protein, and a handful of vitamins and minerals. Nutrition Basics is about why we…
Cooking-Ingredients, Technique, and Flavor
Episode 1 of The Everyday Gourmet Series
Begin the course with a fascinating look at the science of taste and how it acts as the gateway to better understanding--and enjoying--the food you eat. Through engaging taste experiments involving melon, radicchio, and a few simple seasonings such as…
In Organic We Trust - Understanding Organic Food
"Most Americans now purchase organic food in some form, but don't know what "organic" really means. In Organic We Trust follows filmmaker Kip Pastor on a journey to answer the essential questions about organic: What exactly is certified organic? Is…
Sauté-Dry-Heat Cooking with Fat
Episode 4 of The Everyday Gourmet Series
Begin strengthening your cooking techniques with a close look at using the right pan, the right amount of fat, and the right temperature to make crispy and delicious sauteed foods. As you explore the ins and outs of sauteing, you…
Hunting, Gathering, and Stone Age Cooking
Episode 1 of Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series
Consider food as a major catalyst in human history, and what food choices reveal about our values and ambitions. Then study food culture in prehistoric times--our ancestors' wide-ranging diet of everything from mammoths and seafood to acorns, insects, seeds, and…