You Are What You Eat

Submissions are due April 4, 2018 and are accepted in five thematic categories; Climate Heroes, No Justice, No Green, Watertopia, Wild CA and You Are What You Eat.

Elements of the food ecosystem like dining, agriculture, supply chain and culture

Questions to kick-start your thinking

Make a documentary

  • Why is some food more environmentally friendly than others?
  • What’s the relationship between price and nutritional value?

Or write your own story

  • What would a day in the life of a restaurant owner look like?
  • How does a person’s cultural background affect the food they choose to eat?

Food/environment facts and resources to get you started

  • Agriculture is the largest contributing sector to climate change.
  • Food is the largest single source of waste in California, comprising 15.5% of total waste.
  • Food systems comprise all aspects of food production and food distribution. 
  • Food systems are linked to obesity, climate change, unhealthy diets and other problems. 
  • A good food system contributes to a thriving economy in which all participants of the food supply chain receive fair compensation and fair treatment. 

Do your own research—a couple resources to get you started

Previous Submissions

Class of 2018

The Poison Within (first place)

by Natalia Pacheco, Khyrsten Marquez of LAUSD/USC Media Arts and Engineering Magnet

The Bad Side of Burgers (second place)

by Lenny De La Torre; Sophia Guerrero of Environmental Charter High School

You Are What You Eat (third place)

Previous Submissions

Class of 2017

Abundance (best film)

by Zachary Letson, Jessica Stossel & Garrett Kukier of Beckman High School.

Food From Sky (first runner up)

by Jaikrishana Ashar of Northwood High School.

A Water Bottle's Journey (second runner up)

by Hannah Thompson, Julia Gutierrez, Lindsey Lowe, Mario Carranza and Brian Gutierrez of Chatsworth High School


The remaining 4 categories

If the creative juices aren't flowing, you have other options.

Climate Heroes

Climate Heroes

People or communities making a positive climate impact.

No Justice, No Green

No Justice, No Green

Social justice issues, such as poverty, race and gender in relation to the environment.



Imaginative solutions for clean and sustainable water.

Wild CA

Wild CA

Animals, plants or natural systems found in neighborhoods or nearby parks.