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How the Food Industry Influences Diet and Health

Professor Marion Nestle Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University. Tuesday, April 1, 2003. 54 min. View it with RealPlayer

How to Create a Junk Food

Julia Child introduces NOVA's behind-the-scenes exploration of two new snacks in the making. Originally broadcast on the television program Nova, 1988. 58 min. [preservation copy]

How to Get Fat Without Really Trying

In this ABC News special, Peter Jennings reveals how government policies and food industry practices are helping to make Americans fat. Mr. Jennings' report begins in the farmlands of America and includes government agencies and representatives from the food industry. He examines how the type of government subsidies provided to farmers influences which foods are marketed or emphasized as part of healthy eating standards. Originally broadcast as an ABC News special, December 8, 2003. Dist.: Films Media Group. 43 min.

Hunger in America

A researched study of hunger and malnutrition in the United States, showing views of Black sharecroppers in Alabama, Navajo Indians in Arizona, tenant farmers near Washington, D.C. and impoverished Mexican-Americans in San Antonio. Includes a discussion of surplus foods, food-stamps, and the farm subsidy program. Videocassette release of an episode of the television program CBS reports, originally broadcast in 1968. Reporters: Charles Kuralt, David Culhane. 51 min. [preservation copy]

Hungry for Profit

This documentary, filmed in 8 countries, shows how agribusiness has created large, mechanized plantations out of small, peasant farms which grow profitable export crops despite local food needs. Tells how this situation actually increases the amount of hunger for some residents of Third World countries. 1984. 87 min.

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In Our Children's Food.

A Frontline special that traces the 30-year history of the U.S. pesticide use, regulation, and scientific study and explores the risks of agricultural chemicals in our food. Examines how the government has failed to certify the safety of pesticides and why the only source of data on pesticide safety is the industry that profits from them. 56 min.
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Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root

This documentary unearths the roots of the local food movement and digs into the stories of the chefs, farmers and activists transforming our broken food system. This upbeat presentation introduces verdant farms and pioneering restaurants where good food is produced and served. From innovative farm-to-table programs in Harlem to picturesque sheep farms in Oregon's Willamette Valley, it reveals the heart of an alternative food system - healthy, sustainable and tasty. Bonus features: A conversation with Alice Waters; Slow food vs. fast food; Four seasonal stories.

Isle of Flowers (Ilha das Flores)

A humerous but ultimately bitter film from Brazil about values, the food chain, and the poverty that requires people to search for food in garbage. Director, Jorge Furtado. 1989. 13 min. [preservation copy]

Junk Food Wars

With vending machines, convenience stores and fast food restaurants nearly ubiquitous, nutritious foods are disappearing from the diets of many young people. This high energy video shows how to defend against the dangers of junk food. Straightforward discussions and dramatizations arm students with a wealth of information on the updated 2005 food pyramid, how to read ingredient labels, and more. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 30 min.

Killer at Large

Uncover the causes of obesity and the unprecedented rates in which it is spreading in the United States, and learn ways that might reverse the trend that is projected to affect 75% of Americans within the next ten years. Directed by Steven Greenstreet. c2009. 102 min.