I know a few friends who after watching the controversial What The Health documentary completely changed their entire diet and lifestyle as the film really hit home for them – the documentary critiqued the impact of meat an dairy products and caused quite the stir with viewers.

A new docu-series from Netflix is set to shine a similar spotlight on the food industry and is sure to raise several eyebrows.

Rotten, brought to us by the team behind Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will, according to the release, “give treatment, diving deep into the food production underworld to expose the corruption, waste and real dangers behind your everyday eating habits. 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.”


The Netflix release also gave a brief breakdown of some of the episodes (and their titles) below:

LAWYERS, GUNS and HONEY – Explores the new global honey business, and largest food fraud investigation and prosecution in history—a scam known as “Honeygate.”

THE PEANUT PROBLEM – In the last twenty years, there’s been a surge of people suffering from severe food allergies. A look at the swelling body of science around this change, and the accountability of restaurateurs in caring for their most vulnerable customers.

GARLIC BREATH – A lucrative and controversial commerce relationship between the U.S. and China forms the backdrop for a David-and-Goliath tale of loyalty, betrayal and revenge on the American garlic scene.

BIG BIRD – From the lowliest hen to the richest magnate, the size and scale of chicken-growing has determined the fate of every player in this expansive food chain.

MILK MONEY – To boost profits, some dairy farmers are switching to produce upscale organic milk, or even “raw” unpasteurized milk, but it comes with the risk of pathogens which can sicken and even kill consumers.

COD IS DEAD – In the wake of overfishing in New England, the US government stepped in to regulate and save the fisheries. The unintended result was a wave of consolidation that set the stage for massive criminal exploitation.


Rotten will hit Netflix January 5th. Check out the trailer above!

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