I want to take a break from this blog’s current poetry campaign to share a compelling and resounding note that has randomly repeated itself several times over the past few years and did so twice over this past weekend: the debate about how our individual bodies and the body of this planet need us to adopt a more plant-based diet.
This note has reoccurred in documentary films that I or my partner have randomly picked to pass an evening. It has been suggested from various different angles: one documentary followed one man’s journey to be healthier and thinner, another documentary followed various modern day farmers and their daily struggles, to another man’s journey to live up to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth.
In terms of poetry, it does seem awfully poetic that the planet’s environmental and ecological problems can be paralleled to the health and fitness of one average human diet.
Of course there are other sides to the arguments and these documentaries tend to present heavily on the side of the more plant-based diet and food industry. I have provided Wikipedia web-links that summarize these documentaries as well as provide counter-argument links.
However, after watching Forks over Knives last Sunday, and having watched Cowspiracy the night before that, I am convinced enough to try the more plant-based diet.
I can’t just give up all meat and junk completely! I love food. I love dessert! Food is something I experience with all of my senses and therefore I compare it to a passion for life. It is considerable for me to venture towards a life with less butter and fewer warm, comforting stews — even letting go of my childhood affection for Chef Boyardee is a loss to me. However, with my own body and energy levels lagging so much in the past few years, I don’t want my passion for food to affect my ability to enjoy my other passions for life – or anybody else’s — or that of any future generation. If the food that is my passion is no longer being produced sustainably and is damaging to my body and planet than it sounds more
like a vice. I cannot see myself becoming completely vegetarian or anti-junk food — yet. I will never stop hoping that chocolate cake and chips become healthy and nutritious one day but, until then, I think beautifully grown fruits and vegetables can be sexy too.
Please consider watching / listening to one or two of these films, that are cited below, and being part of this conversation.
All of these films are now currently available on Netflix.
Here is the growing list.
1. Hungry for Change – Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industry don’t want you to know about: deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. [ http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Hungry_for_Change ]
2. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ is the easiest of this list of films to get into because it’s personal and funny though there are some strong and good arguments against exclusive juice dieting or long-term ‘cleansing’.
“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman.”[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat,_Sick_and_Nearly_Dead]
3. Farmland – though this film seems to have been done to support animal farming traditions and modernized efforts, I finished the film with a stronger preference towards the two organic vegetable farmers featured in this film. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farmland_(film)]
4. Cowspiracy – The film explores the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. Environmental organizations investigated in the film include Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, and many more. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowspiracy]
5. Forks Over Knives (2011) is an American advocacy film that advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forks_Over_Knives]
6. The film ‘Vanishing of the Bees‘ indirectly advocates this message. The story is centered on the sudden disappearance of honey bees from beehives around the world. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_of_the_Bees]
written by lyw
Hungry for Change http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Hungry_for_Change
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