Movie: Cowspiracy The Sustainability Secret

The movie An Inconvenient Truth inspired many people to start taking personal action to help stop climate change. The movie that really motivated me to start taking personal action on climate change was Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret because this film really opened my eyes to not only how much animal agriculture was impacting climate change but how environmental groups were barely talking about animal Ag at all.

In fact, in An Inconvenient Truth the topic of animal agriculture’s impact on climate change is not even mentioned.

The movie Cowspiracy not only motivated me to start cutting down on my meat and dairy consumption, I’m 90% plant-based now, but the film galvanized me to become an activist to help educate more people about Animal Ag’s impact on climate change and help get them to take action not only economically by our food choices but also socially and politically to help influence our politicians to create better legislation and protections around food’s impact on climate change.

Here is the trailer for Cowspiracy:

 

You can watch Cowspiracy on Netflix, or purchase an online stream yours forever for $4.95 from the filmmakers themselves at Cowspiracy.com so they get all the profit.

TAKE ACTION:

The folks at Cowspiracy have their own 30-day Cowspiracy Vegan challenge. It’s a challenge one you can easily do also using resources from The Flexi 21 like our plant-based recipes and meal ideas along with product reviews of plant-based food products.

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Cowspiracy hosted their first conference called COW-CON in Berkeley, CA in 2016. It was a great event! I learned so much more.

One of the best speakers at COW-CON was former factory farm rancher now animal activist and vegan advocate Howard Lyman who was one of the best and funniest speakers at COW-CON.

Howard is featured in Cowspiracy as well as the film Meat The Truth that we’ve also recommended watching. Here’s Howard’s CowCon talk.

Movie: Meat The Truth

Filmed in 2008, but still very relevant today, Meat The Truth is presented in a long version like TED Talk by Dutch MP Marianne Thieme, the leader of the Party for the Animals which became the world’s first party to gain parliamentary seats with an agenda focused primarily on animal rights. The party hold seats in the Dutch parliamentary and the European Parliament.

Meat the Truth is a great introduction to animal agriculture’s impact on climate change and the environment particularly of livestock factory farming which creates more worldwide greenhouse gas emissions than that of all transportation combined – cars, trains, boats and planes combined.

 

Movie: Food Inc.

Food Inc came out in 2009 but still to this day is one of the best films about the business side of our food system. You will get an eye opening picture of how farms, Big Food, Big Ag, special interests groups, and our government actually work within our food system…and it is not in the best interest of the higher good of people, animal, or planet.

Food Inc. came out almost a decade ago and what is frightening is that not much in our food system has changed. In fact, some of the issues raised in Food Inc have gotten worse particularly the influence of special interest money on politics.

After watching Food Inc in 2010, I stopped eating chicken.

You can watch the movie on Netflix is you have an account, or you can watch for free at Documentary Movie.com. Also, you can watch Food Inc on PBS.org if you have Passport membership.

TAKE ACTION:

To learn more about the food industry facts revealed in the film, visit TakePart’s gallery 18 ‘Food, Inc.‘ Facts Everyone Should Know.

There is an official “Food Inc Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It,” available at Amazon* in paperback or Kindle which answers questions brought up in the film in more depth through essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world.

Here is the trailer:

 

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Movie: Forks Over Knives

After I saw Food Inc and learned more about the business side of our food system, I was motivated to change my eating habits so the next film I watched was Forks Over Knives.

If there ever was a movie that could get you to start changing your eating habits and eat more plant-based, Forks Over Knives is the film to do it. For me the most impactful part was seeing the stories of everyday people talk about their experience before and after going plant-based. It is pretty remarkable!

You can watch Forks Over Knives on Netflix, or on iTunes along with Forks Over Knives – The Extended Interviews , or on Amazon Video.

Here is a clip of Executive Producer Brian Wendel and Director Lee Fulkerson discussing Forks Over Knives:

 

Movie: Earthlings

Out of all the movies we have recommended to watch, Earthlings is the one to watch for last mainly because it is the hardest one of them all to watch. Joaquin Phoenix narrates the film and Moby provided all of the music.

Earthlings is the shocker film as in it will shock you into reality but it will help educate you more than any other film out there about the truths of industry standards for animals bred for pets, food, clothing and to be used for entertainment and research purposes.

This is the stuff we intellectually know and hear of but keep out of our consciousness because in all honesty if we acknowledge what is happening, we must also accept how we are contributing to this treatment of animals through our economic choices.

However, if you are ready to learn everything about our food system and how your meat was raised and produced, then Earthlings will help give you a fuller picture. I do recommend that you emotionally prepare yourself before seeing this film.

Many people cannot watch the film all the way through the first time. The first time I saw Earthlings, I had to stop it about 1/3 into it because I was crying, it was too much. I am very sensitive to seeing video of animals in factory farms mainly because the empath and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) in me starts feeling physical pain just from watching. Eventually, I was able to watch all the way through because I wanted to know.

Much of the video is undercover video. You are seeing the real thing not dramatizations. Appalling, is that there are actual laws in our country that consider this type of exposure eco-terrorism. Four states now have Ag Gag laws preventing this kind of footage from being taken and shown which is a testament to how powerful the meat special interests groups are.

Because Earthlings is too much truth for the mainstream, you will not find the film steaming on any of the main video sites like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, or Google. You can watch the full film online at the Earthlings website and all the proceeds go straight to the filmmakers. There are also translated versions of the film in French Canadian, German, and French.

BONUS CLIP:

Here is a stimulating 35 minute interview of Earthlings Director Shaun Monson where he talks more in depth about the making of Earthlings and the impact the film has made.

 

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