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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
Açai The surfer's super fruit

This nutritional powerhouse from the Amazon punches well above its weight, with nearly twice as many antioxidants as blueberries, ten times more than grapes. Why is this significant? Antioxidants protect our cells from the free radicals associated with cancer and other diseases. The danger lies in seeing any food as a magic bullet.


  • high in fibre, rich in calcium and Vitamin A
  • contains phytosterols ("heart-healthy" fats) that help regulate cholesterol and boost immune function


From Brazil to California, surfing culture has helped make açai a global sensation, but its health benefits have long been recognized in the Amazon, where it's an essential indigenous food. Growers face a challenge in meeting demand while sustaining diversity in the rain forest, and local co-ops are working to promote both sustainability and fair-trade. With this in mind, when buying açai, look for certified organic and fair trade labels.

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