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Get your popcorn.* The O’Neill Institute goes to the movies [Part I]

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*you may want to wait until after you see these films to decide whether your popcorn of choice is safe to eat.
Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health.tumblr_me4acpbrBb1qav5oho1_500
In Part I of this season’s film series, we will focus on the role of the food industry in shaping American eating habits. Big Food, Sugar, Human Rights are among the common themes explored in the documentaries described below. If you are a person living in the US who eats every day, then each of these documentaries is a must see. Don’t have time to watch the whole film? Get a taste of many crucial issues impacting America’s food supply by following the link to each film’s two minute trailer.
Food, Inc.
This film tells the story of the rise of the processed food industry and its tremendous influence on consumer preferences, health and well-being.
Fed Up
This documentary exposes the role of sugar and Big Food in creating the obesity epidemic now plaguing America.

Food Chains
This exposé chronicles a modern slavery network providing agricultural products for America’s supermarket industry. The narrative of the film follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers – a group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – who were once among the most exploited and abused laborers in modern American history. The film chronicles their story and triumph over a corrupt industry.

Caution: Each of these films may cause major behavioral changes in your general food consumption habits.
Stay tuned for Part II.

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