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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
Almonds From Silk Road delicacy to North American staple

Are you eating more almonds than ever before? You're not alone. In the U.S., the biggest consumer by far, demand has grown more than 220 per cent since 2005. Two major reasons for this appeal: heart-healthy fat and our quest for non-meat proteins. Almond milk is a popular alternative to dairy, and almond flour is often used in gluten free baking, but this versatile nut has environmental costs.


  • high in B vitamins, calcium and vitamin E
  • rich in fibre and monounsaturated fats
  • a substantial source of protein


Most of the world’s almonds come from California, where producers try to meet high demand while water levels decline. Almonds require a huge amount of water—over one gallon for just one nut, and California is a drought-plagued state. However, the industry is moving towards carbon neutral status, a point in its favour.

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