You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

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

Quick Facts

of water is used for agricultural production
It takes 850 gallons of direct and indirect water to produce 8oz of beef
of food is lost to waste. Unconsumed food is the largest component of solid waste in landfills

Ready to Start?

Ideas and 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

You Are What You Eat Films, 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)

by Erick Fragoso, Environmental Charter High School

You Are What You Eat Films, 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