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The Superfood Chain
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What effect does the superfood industry have on farmers and fishermen around the world?

This gorgeous 4K documentary follows filmmaker Ann Shin as she meets farming families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Haida Gwaii affected by the superfood industry.
Explore the World of Superfoods
Quinoa: a closer look What's next for this superfood?
Cycle of the Salmon A deeper dive into the migration and return that feeds Haida Gwaii
The Coconut Controversy Does fair trade mean fair prices?
Sustainable Seafood How can you make a difference? Salmon In the pink Coconuts From smoothies to skin care Quinoa The gold of the Incas Teff The marathon grain Açai The surfer's super fruit Edamame Nature's snack food Shiitake Mushrooms The meaty mushroom Chia Seeds The warrior seed Goji Berries Go easy on goji Avocado The hipster's conundrum Turmeric The golden spice Almonds From Silk Road delicacy to North American staple Raw Cacao God's gift to chocolate lovers Hemp Vegans 💗 hemp Sustainable Farming Protecting the future today The Fairness of Fair Trade Who really pays for your food? Garlic Vampires and the common cold beware! Walnuts Brain food Kale The mother of all superfoods Flaxseed From furniture polish to health food
Coconuts From smoothies to skin care

Coconuts are all the rage, from celebrity endorsed coconut water to skin care products to virgin coconut oil as a healthier alternative to other cooking oils. There is no real evidence that coconut water is better than H2O for athletic hydration, and coconuts are high in saturated fats—though there is some evidence they help raise "good" cholesterol. They are vitamin-rich and taste delicious, but are they a superfood? It's open for debate.


  • high in ascorbic acid, B vitamins, and proteins
  • fresh coconut juice is full of electrolytes, which many athletes swear by as an aid to post-workout recovery
  • coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which has been used in antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal medications


When a food's popularity soars, profits don't necessarily trickle down. Coconut farmers are among the poorest of the poor in the Philippines, their crops are susceptible to hurricanes and blight and they receive only a small portion of revenues. Some Fair Trade initiatives are trying to ensure that farmers receive a fair wage, and a 2017 pilot project, Farmer Link, used mobile phones and field workers to help farmers increase productivity and resilience to natural disasters and pests.

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