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Hot Mess, PBS


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Health

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  • Videos, 12 minutes, 7 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States


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Our Food System Is Rigged

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  • This video is about the complexity of the global food system as it relates to the changing climate, focusing specifically on food misinformation and unequal access to healthy food.
Teaching Tips


  • It acknowledges the vast complexity of the topics being covered and their importance to health and the environment.
  • It does not burden the viewer with the "weight of the world" on their food choices but inspires collective improvements in our decision making and awareness.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The overarching concepts that connect the many aspects of this issue are identified as more people, limited resources, and a changing planet. Students should have a basic understanding of these connected issues.
  • The video description links to references and additional readings on the topics.
  • There are ads before the video.


Scientist Notes
The global food system is not only impacted by climate change but population growth and the increasing demand for food has created food inadequacy, uneven access, and malnutrition (especially in low-income households). Changing food choices to plant-based meals can work well if people have equal access to food and are informed properly on the benefits it has on health and the planet. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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