Netflix Tackles Food Industry Corruption in 'Rotten' Docuseries

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Netflix is kicking off 2018 with a deep dive into our food system. And it’s not pretty. In fact, most of it is downright “Rotten,” according to the title of a new six-part docu-series being released on the streaming network next month.

Launching on January 5, “Rotten” gives our food system “the true crime treatment, diving deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits,” the film summary notes.

“In a world where huge global supply-chains are increasingly intertwined and consolidated, this series starts on your dinner plate… and follows the money to the shocking consequences—intended or not—of regulation, innovation and greed.”

“Rotten” comes to Netflix from Zero Point Zero, the New York City production company best known for Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown" series.

But "Rotten" is less Bourdain-style wanderlust and more brutal investigative facts, lifting the veil of mystery off of our food supply and revealing truths the industry wants to keep hidden, but conscientious consumers like millennials and Gen Z are demanding be addressed.

“The food industry is under full-scale assault,” a voice says in the series trailer. "The crisis is global. More of us are wanting to know the source of the food we buy." The six-part series will take a look at food fraud and corruption as well as eye-opening standard practices and issues facing the global food supply. The episodes will all be available on January 5th: “Lawyers, Guns and Honey,” “The Peanut Problem,” “Garlic Breath,” “Big Bird,” “Milk Money,” and “Cod Is Dead.”

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