by Jarrett Seto
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Beautifully shot, this cinematic odyssey follows mobile beekeepers as they haul their precious, albeit unusual, cargo from orchard to farm and onwards. The honeybees, whose numbers are in peril, are essential workers for helping to pollinate many of our staple crops. The Pollinators is surprisingly heartfelt and highlights issues with our current agricultural system with its reliance on chemicals and reduced crop diversity. By the end of its hour and thirty-two minute run time, you’ll have nothing but respect for the workers (both human and Apoidea). This is definitely a unique take on pollination and how some of our staple crops are grown and harvested.
Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution shows the often heated debate over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how it affects our food,or at least our perception of it. Science has been used and misused in the issues surrounding GMO foods for decades now. This documentary shows how scientific analysis and literature have been utilized to try and offset campaigns of misinformation on the alleged health risks for using GMO products. It displays both arguments, and science, with respect. But who is correct when people on both sides of the aisle are saying that the science is on their side? Watch and find out.
Fifteen years after the groundbreaking original, Martin Spurlock returns to the world of fast food. Be prepared to be enthralled and horrified at many aspects of the lack of control chicken farmers have over their employers. That’s one of many hidden ingredients to your McChicken meal. It should come as no surprise that many fast food products that are labeled as “healthy” are, in fact, not. With predatory industrial giants, fried chicken versus grilled chicken, and the guise of market research, sit down, relax and have a very healthy salad as you watch this.
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