If you want to change the world, look no further than your dinner plate. According to the stirring feature-length documentary "H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters", that's where the potential for meaningful transformation lies within reach for all of us. The film tackles subjects like obesity, food insecurity, and our planet where resources are being stretched to the breaking point.
Obesity has become an epidemic, particularly in the West where it has resulted in increased incidents of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. According to the medical and nutritional experts profiled in the film, much of this plague can be traced to our dependence on animal products.
The solution can be found in a plant-based nutrition. The film features a series of patient testimonials that work to confirm this assertion. In each instance, these patients reversed their health woes and thwarted potentially lethal bouts of disease by changing their diet.
This miracle cure faces fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Hungry for profit, they see little financial incentive to change their business models. They thrive on their ability to serve a public's growing desire for animal-based meats.
But the system they employ to meet those needs is quickly tapping the Earth of its resources, expanding incidents of chronic illness, and contributing to the starvation of nearly 2 billion people across the globe. In theory, there is more than enough food available to feed every citizen of the world. However, the vast majority of grains and soybeans are not being fed to the people; instead, they're being grown for animal consumption. With a global population that continues to swell with each passing year, this crisis will only escalate unless consumers demand change.
The film isn't timid in showcasing the most unappealing practices of the food industry, including the grisly goings on at slaughterhouses and food factories. By abandoning our reliance on these animals for our sustenance, we can effectively end the scourge of corporate-sanctioned animal cruelty as well.
"H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters" presents a persuasive, multi-faceted defense of a diet rich in plant-based foods.
Directed by: Nina Messinger