2017, Health  -   11 Comments
Ratings: 7.00/10 from 59 users.

The vegan movement is becoming more mainstream by the day. Whether consumers switch to a plant-based diet due to health concerns or out of protest against animal cruelty, vegans are challenging the status quo in the food industry. Corporations and certain political powers are on the ropes, and they're working to shift the tide back in their favor with uninformed and deceptive public relations campaigns. The two-part documentary Vegan outlines the battle between the demands of activist consumers and the will of corporate interests.

The first segment of the documentary (2017) works to dispel many of the most common misconceptions about going vegan. Do you receive enough protein from a vegetarian diet? Is it considerably more expensive than an animal-based eating regimen? Is dairy really the ideal solution for calcium consumption?

Food scientists and nutritionists are in overwhelming agreement over the benefits of plant-based eating, and its role in improving susceptibility to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. But some in the industry have been swayed by the well-funded persuasions of corporate pressures and lobbyists.

In one particularly nefarious tactic outlined in the film, lawmakers make efforts to pass the Dairy Pride Act, an attempt to discard soy and almond milk as viable substitutes for traditional dairy products. Additional laws have been proposed and enacted with the sole purpose of protecting organizations that indulge in animal exploitation and the production of unhealthy processed meats.

After establishing the debate, and the power struggles that continue to define it, part two of the documentary (2018) looks at where we are now. With the number of vegans growing by 500% over the past four years, the meat production landscape is at a tipping point. "The future is definitely plant-based," says one commentator featured in the film. In a matter of years, this one-time fringe movement will represent a majority. Attempts to stifle their side of the debate seem increasingly desperate and futile.

The film contains a wealth of media clips featuring vegan advocates and members of their opposition, and original interviews with medical professionals also chime in with sound scientific evidence in support of a vegan lifestyle.

Vegan elegantly summarizes the moral, economic, environmental and health-related aspects of the vegan debate.

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  1. Arturs

    There is no silver bullet for stopping climate change! Only multitude of solutions at a global scale can make a difference big enough. Besides that, we may need to make changes quickly!
    Milk made in a farm with Biogas generator nearby could use less energy than SoyMilk harvested on another side of the planet! So both end up being bad for the environment to some extent. Milk is half the price of soymilk so that alone tells me that there is more fuel used to get soymilk here.

    1. flo

      yes, and your cheap milk comes from cows that are fed with soybeans..... the largest percentage of soybeans goes to livestock, not to human consumption.

    2. Ant

      Soy milk would actually be cheaper if cow milk wasn't heavily subsidised and considered a tax-free good by governments globally.

  2. Kestrel

    This was really poorly done - nothing but sound bites from the same old crowd. Watch EATING ANIMALS instead, that will show you the joys/benefits/reasons to be being vegan WAY better than this.

  3. Angela

    There is so much misinformation in this film I don't know where to start. Poorly done studies, emotional manipulation and finger pointing. Equating eating meat with the junk food industry is just wrong. Many people have regained their health eating a meat heavy, low carbohydrate diet. The reason some people feel better switch from the S.A.D to vegan is because of all the junk they are no longer eating, NOT removing the meat. But often the honeymoon does not last. Most leave veganism due to the digestive distress, joint and skin problems, mental health issues and other signals from their body that this is just not working for them. And are then shamed and vilified that they did not 'do it right'.
    Stop blaming the meat for what the sugar, refined carbs and processed seed oils did.

    1. tamsin stead

      Absolute rubbish! I had been vegetarian for 30 years and upon visiting a doctor after a fall, was told to eat a meat/dairy diet to increase my calcium intake. I flatly refused and started to research alternate sources of protein and calcium. I am now vegan. My health has never been better AND weight is evenly distributed throughout my body, no more cheese belly. Look at your teeth! You are ruminant NOT carnivore!

    2. Kirill

      Vegan for 7 years. Being in competitive sports my performance has only been improved. Blood tests are perfect, testosterone is above average. Even many professional athletes are nowadays turning vegan, athletes with million dollar deals who must be in worlds best physical and mental state. From what I’ve seen happening over the years, and how right now big investor money gets transferred from meat industry to plant based alternatives, I wouldn’t be surprised if most the population has ditched meat and dairy in less than a decades time.

    3. flo

      Many people have underlying gut issues before they go on a vegan diet. they do not know this, and along the way they notice digestive issues and inability to digest foods. this is not because they eat plant-based, but because of an unhealed digestive system. Going back to meat gives a good feeling because it doesn't contain f.e. oxalates that cause indigestion for weak digestive systems, but in the long run, meat-heavy diets will only cause inflammation and disease.

    4. peaceful protester

      sorry to have to say this but your ignorant just like the majority of people out there that think consuming meat is not only good for you but environmentally safe, i hope your mind and your heart will eventually change, there is so much evidence out there its deeply saddening to ignore it, that is the main problem in the world, the truth hurts too much it's too confronting, but everyone has to take an individual responsibility, i hope for your health and well being you reconsider.

  4. bellose

    Human contribution to c02 emissions: 6GT.
    Ocean Contribution to c02 emissions: 38,000GT
    Solution: "People need to change their diets! It's causing global warming!" haha... wut?

    1. Paul

      I'd rather watch Sacred cow (tbc next year)... looks like a far better take on the subject.