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Fast Food World: Perils and Promises of the Global Food Chain

Introduction: Alice Waters. Moderator: Orville Schell. Panel: Wendell Berry, Carlo Petrini, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Vandana Shiva. A panel discussion examining the economic, social and health aspects of worldwide food production and the role of food industries in promoting human welfare. Looks at such issues as agribusiness, global food production and marketing, world hunger and the equitable distribution of food. 11/24/03 / a Berkeley Webcast event 124 min.


Despite appeals of the multi-billion dollar diet and exercise industries, the United States is getting fatter. The media bombards us with images of thin models exuding the message that to be thin is to be beautiful. But for many, being thin is a difficult, if not impossible, achievement. This documentary examines how the diet industry is contributing to our frustration over unwanted pounds and asks if it is possible for one to be healthy, fit, beautiful - and fat. Originally presented as a segment on the television program Frontline in 1998. 54 min.

Fat Chance

"Rick Zakowich is fat. Many would call him obese. Now at 40 he feels he's come to that stage in his life where it's do or die. Nothing has ever worked before; and after 30 years of trying and failing, he wants to give it one more chance. He feels confident; he's got the support of his family and friends, but more importantly he believes in himself. This is the story of Rick's journey toward a new sense of self.

Fed Up!: Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture, and Sustainable Alternatives

Using archival footage interspersed with interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, this video presents an overview of the American food production system and explores the unintentional effects of pesticides, the resistance of biotechnology companies to food labeling and the links between government officials and major biotechnology and chemical companies. It addresses many questions regarding genetic engineering, the Green Revolution, genetic pollution and modern pesticides. 2002. 58 min.

Field of Genes

There are many genetically altered foods on the market now, including soybean, canola, and corn. This program investigates the biotechnology industry's claims that the creation of genetically altered foods will be beneficial to the world's food suppy and considers the potential dangers and ethics of "improving on nature" with seed crops and livestock. 1997. 45 min. ;
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Food (Taboo series)

Take a spin around the globe in search of food taboos, some hilarious, others deadly serious. In Borneo, meet the durian, the world's only taboo fruit. In Los Angeles, an entrepreneur serves up bugs. In Thailand, deadly cobra is on the menu. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min.

Food and Magic

A sideshow barker uses magic and visual aids to alert the public that proper food management is both a resource and a weapon that could be to America's advantage if conserved properly in winning the then current World War. Directed by Jean Negulesco. 1943. Included on

Food Beware: the French Organic Revolution (French title: Nos Enfants nous accuseront)

In the mountains of France, the mayor of a small town has changed the school's lunch menu to locally grown organic foods in order to bring safe food products and healthy diet to the children. We learn about the abuses of the food industry, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Features interviews with children, parents, teachers, scientists, and more. Directed by Jean-Paul Jaud. 2008. 112 min.

Food Design

This film takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design, and are created by it. A film by Martin Hablesreiter and Sonja Stummerer. 2008. 52 min.
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Food Fight

Childhood obesity is a national health crisis and one shared increasingly by other nations. Take Britain for example. Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef and best-selling cookbook author known as "The Naked Chef," is also a young father. Last year, he grew fed up with the junk food being served to British school children and embraced the issue as a personal mission bringing it to the attention of the British public. Next, Oliver turned his attention to American schools. He came to the U.S. to stir up the same attention to nutritionally-challenged school lunch programs here.