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McLibel: Two Worlds Collide

A documentary of two individuals who took on the McDonald's Corporation. Using interviews with witnesses and reconstructions of key moments in court, the film examines the main issues in the libel trial-- nutrition, animals, advertising, employment, the environment--and the implications for freedom of speech. In the process of this longest trial in English history, the defendants faced infiltration by spies, secret meetings with corporate executives, 40,,000 pages of background reading and a visit from Ronald McDonald. 1997. 53 min.


A documentary concerning the routine activities at a large meat packing plant and slaughterhouse. Traces the process through which cattle and sheep become consumer products by depicting the processing and transportation of meat products by a highly automated packing plant, illustrating important points and problems in the area of production, transportation, logistics, equipment design, time-motion study, and labor management. A film by Frederick Wiseman. 1976. 113 min. ;

Meet Your Meat

Shows the lives and deaths of chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs raised in factory farms and processed in slaughterhouses. It presents a case for vegetarianism and the ethical treatment of animals. Norfolk, VA : People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 2003. 13 min.

Mystery of the Senses. Taste

Travel around the world to explore the variety of taste sensations that we humans have concocted to enhance our daily calorie count. View lobsters and oyster farms in France, a meal shared with deceased relatives on the Day of the Dead in Mexico, "junk food" in Manhattan, and chocolate in Belgium. 1995. 60 min.

No Accounting for Taste: Why We Eat What We Eat

This program investigates the factors that play significant roles in determining the foods we love and those we just can't stomach! With help from nutritionist Ros Ryan, and the experiences and opinions of everyday people from around the world, we reveal the physiological, psychological, social, and economic factors that affect our choice of foods.

Norman Borlaug: 60 Years of Fighting Hunger

A lecture by Norman Borlaug, who was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize for developing methods to help the world's poorest nations feed themselves. He is currently engaged as a senior consultant to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and as a professor of International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. Recorded on July 10, 2003 by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley. 89 min. Podcast of this lecture

Nourish: 54 Short Films

These short films bring to life a vision of a world where food is good for the people who eat it, good for the people who grow and pick it, and good for the planet. Features Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters, Bryant Terry, Anna Lappe, Dr. Nadine Burke, and other voices from the food movement.

Nutrition and the Amazon Food Pharmacy

A presentation from the workshop "Pharmacy from the Rain forest" held in Peru during October 1994. This program focuses on foods that are derived from tropical sources and the multiple health benefits they provide. Dr. James Duke traces the origins of introduced and native tropical "food farmaceuticals" that can be and have been utilized in preventitive pharmacy as well as an adjunct to therapeutic drug pharmacology. Sponsored by the American Botanical Council, Texas Pharmacy Foundation, and International Expeditions. c1995. 47 min.

Our Daily Bread

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming. Produced between October 2003 and October 2005 the film looks into the places where food is produced in European farms, greenhouses, processing plants and other places where crops and animals are cultivated and processed to become food for people. The images of food and animals treated as an industrial product are presented without comment. 2005. 92 min.

Our Daily Poison

According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of cancer has doubled over the last thirty years. Over this period, the increase in leukemia and brain tumours in children has been around 2% per year. The WHO has observed a similar trend for neurological diseases (Parkinson's and Alzheimer's) and autoimmune disorders. This documentary launches an in-depth investigation into everyday products and the systems charged with regulating them, examining the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) archives.