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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
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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
Shiitake Mushrooms The meaty mushroom

These delicious fungi have been used for more than 6,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine, in which they're believed to enhance longevity. They can be eaten fresh but when dried, their flavour and nutritional profile intensify. They contain high amounts of essential minerals and vitamins, and may protect against inflammation associated with cancer, although studies are incomplete. Many dried supplements have not been tested for effectiveness.


  • shiitake have been shown to have positive effects on reducing LDL cholesterol via the amino acid constituent eritadenine
  • contain high amounts of essential minerals such as copper and selenium, as well as Vitamin B-5, which helps the body properly absorb carbohydrates and proteins
  • studies have shown that regular consumption may improve immune function
  • contain lentinan, which is believed to inhibit the growth of some cancers, although the evidence is inconclusive


Shiitake mushrooms lend themselves to small-scale farming, right down to the level of individual households. All that's needed is the mushroom culture and a natural or artificial log or sawdust box. The largest industrial growers are Japan and China, but some U.S. farmers have signed on. Shiitake are a highly sustainable food, and easy to add to your diet.

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