Vegan Documentaries

Twitter told me it was #WorldVeganDay, so happy World Vegan Day!

I don’t know how the weather has been in the rest of the country, but Colorado got hit with a ton of snow (we generally get an early October snow, but not as much as we did and it usually doesn’t stick around).  Because of this, I have been really leaning into getting hygge (I even read “The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living” last week).

If you’re feeling in the mood to be cozy in your home and watch a movie, here are some great documentaries about plant-based eating, environmentalism, and conservation. 

Dominion

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I’m going to start out by suggesting this whammy of a film.  It’s distressing, but so is animal agriculture.  If you can’t stomach the scenes, you should think twice about paying someone to commit the acts in real life.  Focusing on the legal, industry-standard practices that occur all over the world, the film questions the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom, advocating not for minor improvements to their welfare but for a deeper conversation about our right to exploit those we deem inferior to ourselves.  You will cry, you will hug the nearest animal and say “sorry”, and it will change how you view what’s on your plate.

Earthlings

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I actually couldn’t finish this documentary because it was so heartbreaking.  There’s a good reason why this movie is nicknamed with “The Vegan Maker.”  If you are going to continue to eat or use animal products, you should at least be armed with the information of how it got to your shopping cart.  Also, Joaquin Phoenix is hot, fight me.

Game Changers

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Ty and I saw this one in theaters but it is now on Netflix!

This film challenges the concept that plant-based foods are low in protein and calcium, thanks to years of lobbying ($$$) and marketing. This has caused animals to become the center of most meals while beans, grains, veggies, fruits, and nuts have become the side dishes and millions of people to die of cancer and heart disease from animal protein.  This movie follows plant-based athletes who have risen to the top of their sports while eating only plants.  There is also a scene that will put Viagra out of business, I’m just saying… you’ll have to watch to see what I mean.

Food Exposed

New Eight-Part Docuseries Will Make You Rethink Your Food Choices

This documentary series highlights corruption within the food industry.  It gives a behind-the-scenes view into several food industries – including fish, dairy, GMOs, palm oil, pork, and superfoods.  This is not just a vegan film but dives into several different industries.  It helped me consider how my consumption habits impacted the globe.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

The one really convinced me of the environmental harms of the animal agriculture industry.  It delves into how factory farming is depleting the Earth’s natural resources and calls out environmentalist organizations for ignoring the harmful environmental impact of the animal agriculture industry.  It is so good and doesn’t have animal torture scenes.

Meat The Truth

Meat the Truth enlightens viewers on the truth behind their food choices, discussing how farming livestock negatively impacts the planet. Farmed animals are responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions (the entire transport sector is 5%).  Through looking at meat’s environmental impact, this documentary encourages viewers to consider a more sustainable diet and reduce the meat they eat.

Before the Flood

This documentary stars environmentalist and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. he film takes viewers on an expedition across the globe to illustrate the true impact of climate change. The story urges people to take action by asking lawmakers to reconsider current policies, as well as showing individuals that everyone has the power to incite positive change. According to the film, individual actions such as eating little to no meat, using solar power, boycotting companies that use palm oil, and recycling can make a difference.

H.O.P.E What You Eat Matters

H.O.P.E. stands for “Healing of Planet Earth.”  This film shows how we can improve our health, the health of the planet, and reduce industrialized cruelty to animals by embracing a vegan diet.  Renowned primatologist and vegetarian, Dr. Jane Goodall, is featured in the film.  Goodall states: “I think the most important message that I have, is to remember, that you as an individual make a difference.”  

Racing Extinction

This documentary shows viewers the how and the why regarding species extinction and biodiversity loss.  “Extinction is an enormous problem, but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss.  We can’t do everything at once but each action you take matters,” Racing Extinction states on its website.  This film encourages people to stay away from meat, for just a day, as this is “actually the fastest way we can curb carbon emissions.” 

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