Foodie, a term once relegated to food writers and gourmet appreciators, now encompasses a broader group. Many of these new foodies like to keep an online record of their eating habits: posting photos on Instagram or reviews on Yelp. What many consider to be a hobby, however, can also be an indictment of lurking Western […]
Soy has become quite fashionable as a “wonder food”. Praised for its nutritional values, soy has the highest protein content of any bean making it a favorite among vegans, animal defenders and even young hipsters who swear by their morning soy latte. For many, however, soy is an ethical and political choice. By switching to […]
The Mother Grain is a documentary project about the rapid rise in popularity of quinoa and its impact on the local Aymara and Quechua farmers in Bolivia. The ancestors of the Aymara and Quechua used quinoa extensively in traditional ceremonial practices which led the Spanish Conquistadors to suppress growth of the sacred grain. However, the […]
A new report, published by a coalition of NGOs and scientific institutions (1), shows that the current hype around Stevia results in the violation of the rights of indigenous peoples, misleading marketing, and controversial synthetic biology. The basis for all the current commercialization of Stevia-derived sweeteners comes from the traditional knowledge of the impoverished Guaraní […]
Quinoa Soup, an exploratory documentary, seeks to provide an American audience with stories from the field, providing a rare look into the daily lives of Cecilia and Leocadio, a quinoa-farming couple of the Quechua and Aymara nations. On February 20th, 2013 the United Nations launched the International Year of Quinoa. A highly nutritious pseudocereal grown […]
This ground breaking short film investigates the impacts of growing soy in South America to feed factory farms in Europe. Few people realize that a hidden chain of destruction stretches from factory farms in Europe to the forests of South America – where huge soy plantations are wiping out wildlife and making climate change worse. […]
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