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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.
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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
Edamame Nature's snack food

Anyone who's munched through a bowl of edamame at their favourite Japanese restaurant knows how addictive these young green soybeans are. But are they good for you? There is ongoing debate about the benefits of soy, which can mimic estrogen to both positive and negative effect. High in protein and fibre and low in fat, edamame have definite nutritional value (more than other soy products), but should be eaten in moderation.


  • the only vegetable that contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source, similar to meat or eggs
  • edamame are an excellent source of B-complex vitamins, which help metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
  • an ideal source of necessary minerals, including calcium and iron


The largest soybean producer by far is the U.S., followed by Brazil. Until very recently, almost all edamame was imported, but in the last few years, some U.S. farmers have started to produce edamame on a larger scale. As consumers continue to want non-meat protein sources, domestic production in North America is likely to increase.

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