Saffron, Iran and Ronald Reagan

Zero Point Zero Web series turns its attention to the world's most valuable spice.

The second episode of Food Crimes is now available for viewing. Emmy Award-winning New York production house Zero Point Zero is delivering this ongoing monthly Web series via Food Republic, a website they acquired in 2013.

Zero Point Zero senior investigations editor and series co-producer Christine Haughney is a former New York Times media reporter. The best compliment we can pay her is that this 17-minute installment, narrated by line producer Lizzie Narey, could sit comfortably on both the website of her former home and that of Vice. As it so happens, one of Haughney’s colleagues at ZPZ, senior vp digital films and development Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, was previously editorial director of Vice Media.

Food Crimes kicked off earlier this summer with a look the illegal seafood trade. A rep tells FishbowlNY that future episodes will touch on wine fraud and contaminated agricultural products. Zero Point Zero’s other productions include Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and The Mind of a Chef.