8 Delicious TV Shows And Movies About The Future Of Food And Our Planet | – TED ideas | Episode Movies

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This year, the world population is expected to reach 8 billion people, roughly double the 1974 population. This means that feeding the planet will require the earth’s natural resources on an unprecedented scale.

Global Food Production is responsible for about a quarter of the carbon pollution that is warming the planet, and our agricultural systems are exceptionally land- and water-intensive. Additionally, extreme weather events associated with climate change — from droughts to floods — are threatening vulnerable food ecosystems. In 2020 alone, for example 98 million more People faced food insecurity due to heat waves compared to the 1981-2010 average.

Food is also so much more than food – it brings people together and represents history, geography and culture. A warming world means some of these most beloved gastronomic traditions are on the line.

So how can we feed a growing population, reduce carbon emissions and protect the most vulnerable? From tackling systemic issues like food waste to learning how to prepare delicious plant-based recipes at home, here are eight shows and films about the power of our plates.

1: waffles + mochi

This family-friendly cooking series follows aspiring chefs Waffles and Mochi as they travel the world to learn about different foods and cultures while preparing delicious dishes along the way. Each episode revolves around a fresh ingredient – many of them plant-based! Waffles + Mochi is also part of the Netflix special sustainability stories Collection.

2: The game changers

This documentary follows James Wilks, former winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as he journeys around the world to investigate optimal nutrition for human performance. Wilks speaks to scientists, soldiers, and elite athletes about the benefits of plant-based eating and revisits everything he thought he knew about the relationship between meat, health, and strength.

3: Wasted! The history of food waste

Around a third of the food Food produced for human consumption is thrown away every year – that’s around 1.3 billion tons! Narrated by the late chef Anthony Bourdain, this documentary takes viewers around the world to show the devastating effects of food waste and the visionaries fighting to prevent it. Famous chefs explain how to turn unwanted ‘waste’ into delicious dishes, ultimately creating a more sustainable and safer food system.

4: Down to Earth with Zac Efron Season 2

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In the second season of Down to Earth, actor Zac Efron and wellness expert Darin Olien embark on another global journey, witnessing firsthand the effects of climate change and exploring healthier lifestyles. From regenerative agriculture and plant-based nutrition to food waste, the show features the pioneering solution seekers who combine new technologies with traditional knowledge to protect nature and people.

5: honey country

Bees are vital to our health and survival – as pollinators, they are responsible for about a third of our food. But bee populations are threatened worldwide by climate change. honey country follows Hatidze, a beekeeper living in the mountains of Macedonia and growing honey according to ancient traditions. The film shows how ancient techniques can help protect bee populations and thus global food security.

6: Chef’s Table France

Chef’s Table brings all the sweet, savory and salty flavors of France right into your kitchen. In the first episode, join legendary chef Alain Passard as he shook the culinary world when he relaunched his three-Michelin-star restaurant to focus on an all-vegetarian menu.

7: Selena + Cook

Singer, actress and producer Selena Gomez invites audiences into her home kitchen in this light-hearted, unscripted cooking series. Each episode features a new guest chef, and while you can try your hand at different plant-based recipes throughout the four seasons, don’t miss Episode 8 of Season 3 with Chef and wellness expert Sophia Roe. Together they whip up a flavorful, plant-based picnic of tofu salad wraps, mushroom meatballs, and sweet potato salad. The icing on the cake: The show donates $10,000 to a charity of the chef’s choice after each episode.

8: The future of

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From fashion and space to sports and dating, this docuseries imagines what the future of our world will hold – and the futuristic solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. With that in mind, Episode 2 of Season 1 follows food tech startups as they seek to address the ethical and environmental concerns surrounding meat production and reinvent a classic – the cheeseburger.


Many people around the world do not have access to healthy food. Social entrepreneur Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli sets out what it would take to build a more equitable, sustainable food system:

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