Food Choices (2016)
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Pay close attention to the credentials of the speakers as they are presented on screen and Google them. Note the total absence of professional scientific researchers and the abundance of "nutrition experts", "wellness advocates" and "alternative" therapy practitioners. You will find the speakers are a whose-who of self-serving peddlers of anti-science nonsense who promote their harmful ideas in faddy diet books.
Using techniques that are intellectually indistinguishable from those of climate change deniers and 9/11 truthers, the filmmakers present a counter- narrative to conventional wisdom on diet and seamlessly weave together unsubstantiated theory with real but cherry picked scientific research. The effect is compelling, especially if the pre-determined conclusion of the study is already appealing to the viewer.
Veganism may indeed be a perfectly valid and healthy lifestyle choice and some of the information presented in this film may well be true - I don't know and I don't believe there is anywhere near the level of scientific consensus on the matter as there is on climate change for example. My point is not that the conclusions of the filmmakers are necessarily wrong, it is that they weren't seeking to discover the truth in the first place but rather to provide a rationalisation for a pre-established point of view. This is documentary filmmaking at it's worst.
My own believes are these: Moderation is key.
The documentary is convincing because it uses intellectuals excessively. The scientific approach however is always up for debate. We know Einstein was proved wrong, so will these scientists be. But what about plain logic? Never mind the scientists and the individuals.
It makes a lot of sense to me that fish shouldn't be a replacement for red meat, the document argues this reasonably. It makes a lot of sense to me that milk is not what scientists make it out to be, no adult animal drinks milk, only humans. The documentary argues this reasonably. It makes a lot of sense to me that humans should reduce their intake of meat and therewith end the horrific conditions in which animals are mass produced. This should be our main reason to turn our backs on McDonald and Burger King. The ethical stance trumps the scientific, surely.
It makes a lot of sense to me that plant based food are healthier than meat. God didn't make Omega-Pills, God did not intend for humans to swallow pills, supplements and certainly God did not design obese humans. From Atheist perspective, mother nature did not intend us to be fat. Animals eat instinctively. Ever seen a fat Lion? Ever seen a fat cougar? A fat bird or fat horse? I didn't. At least none that were relying on nature. Nature did not intend to spray pesticides over tomatoes, nature did not intend to feed our stock anything else than what nature provides. Eggs with growth hormones, disgusting. Cows, Pigs, chickens that are being restricted in movement, fed horrible products with growth hormones. God, Buddha, Jehova, Allah, the great spaghetti monster and Nature did not intend for any of this. And this is the only message I understood.
Reviewers here trash this documentary because of these intellectuals but I think that they have an IQ similar to the rating they gave as what this documentary sells is truly basic logic and ethics.
It even concludes, don't go plant-based radically. Try moderately. It advises moderation. This documentary tries to combine science with real life experience, it doesn't really point a finger at anybody or anything. And, of course, food will always be up for debate. Nobody will ever have a perfect answer.
To me, a true eye-opener. Not so much the science, but the logic.
I will never go vegan, nor will my diet ever be plant-based. But what this documentary did do was make me think. A good documentary does that.
The biggest problem with the film is the complete lack of holistic research performed: much like Cowspiracy and other pro-vegan propaganda produced in recent years, it is based in large part on a report produced by the UNFAO attributing the meat industry of producing global greenhouse gases in excess of 18%. That report was found to be heavily biased, completely false, and was eventually retracted from the scientific world.
This movie took three years to make, and the producer was ignorant that the data he was using was false? Or, he wasn't on an actual 'personal journey' and instead had a very clear goal.
Another note (for a longer discussion) is that meat is just one of about 115 different products that come out of a single beef cow - the amount of water, energy, and time that goes into producing a burger also produced medicine, tools, clothing, and a plethora of other valuable resources for the growing world.
This movie was also heavily Eurocentric and chauvinist: a whole five minutes spent on discussing erectile dysfunction? Using data that correlates the high rates of cancer and other illnesses to countries that have a propensity for 'meat heavy diets?' Only the two at the 'top' of the chart (that is, with low rates of cancer) are lesser-developed countries, and both are in SE Asia which have a high rate of indigenous vegetarian diets. Nothing about any country in Africa or South America, both of which have high rates of indigenous omnivorous diets.
No one can live forever, and eating a 'plant-based diet' won't save you from your own mortality - not eating meat might decrease one type of cancer, but for every 'solution' we make for ourselves, Nature devises another way to kill us. Thinking that just eating fruits and vegetables will grant you immortality is naive, and pretending that your elongated life span is better for the world than eating local is ignorant of the huge negative impacts of overpopulation and the rising costs of geriatric healthcare.
If you want to better understand your diet, talk to a nutritionist. Meet your local farmers. Grow your own food. Sustainability is holistic: ecological, economic, and social.
i am shocked however that everyone says fruit and vegetables are so good for you. some are so fast produced that they don't even have the vitamins in them at all. i live in Sweden and our data comes from 1970 when fruit and vegetables had its course and was healthy and filled with vitamins.
another matter is the pesticides used in and around fruit and vegetables. a friend of mine threw away a green apple in the compost. after 6 months it hadn't changed appearance.
the government in Sweden is still using the same data sheet from 1970 even though todays produce is nowhere near the same.
This movie won't inform or convince anyone that isn't already vegan or close to it, it is a good movie for a vegans wanting to feel better about themselves.
The movie is also not compelling, it doesn't tell a story or provokes any emotion, it just feels like a conversion movie, not a documentary.
This documentary will make you rethink and make wise choices in the food that you eat.The statistics have proved that a plant based diet with some meat included will ensure longevity in your health. This documentary actually gets to the point and does not beat around the bush.
So do not believe those bad reviews! This movie will save your life.
I was so happy about all the experts mentioning many of the facts we know from different countries and different sources today. When all comes together and is aligned, things are getting trustworthy and credible.
In this movie the credibility stops for me, when Dr. Michael Greger was talking about computer- model's showing, it is not necessary with organic food. You can wash all away - but it was not possible with meat... OK?!? This was the most dumb and ignorant sentence in the whole film. Afterwards the film was again about saving our planet and about, we do not - as the only species - live in harmony with the nature. Does conventional gardening and farming live in harmony with the nature today?
So how can it be, this documentary shows us all the horrible things about conventional farming and how the planet is suffering - and at the same time tells us, organic is not important???
It is exactly the whole idea of growing organic - to save our planet, by preventing all the chemicals and artificial fertilizers are poisoning our soil, our water and our air... for generations ahead.
But most important in the whole organic discussion, at least in Europe - perhaps not yet in the US - is the fact, that vegetables who are coming from organic farms, have a chance to contain most of the over 80 minerals we need to build all our different cells and nervous systems. It all depends on the Farmer and which knowledge he or she has about minerals. Conventional vegetables bred with artificial fertilizer, only get 4 minerals in their lifetime. And when you ever have seen the extreme huge glass-towns in Spain and the Netherlands, where tomatoes and cucumbers and fruit is controlled by robots, applying pesticides from the beginning to the harvest, without any soil, but growing on Rockwool, the you'll know the different.
And the documentary is also ignoring the fact, that our alkaline - acid balance is most essential in all of this. This balance is threatened by meat and also Coke and white sugar and white flower and coffee and some fruits and fast food. What is alkalic AFTER digestion, is important to know, not measuring it before! Too much acid in our blood gives us perforated veins - and this again provoke cholesterol to patch the holes and preventing internal bleeding. So too much acid from meat is the real problem and too much animal protein is stopping the blood vessels and prevents nutrition coming out to the cells and organs, and prevents at the same time all the waste back to our arteries. When we know all facts, we can find much better ways to maintain or restore our health.
Minerals helps us to keep this delicate balance together with Vitamins. And this Minerals are not death minerals from mineral-water or mineral-salt or mineral-pills - they have to be living minerals and vitamins, transformed by chlorophyll in our plants, ad then used by our organism to build new cells.
Actually it is important to know, that our taste buds are our personal radar, our sensors to find the correct combination of minerals, in all the fruit and vegetables we eat. One combination gives us the taste of celery, another combination gives us the taste of peaches or leeks. The taste is not important - it is the combination of minerals our body needs and prefers.
All of this is part of the knowledge of good organic farmers. They use e.g. stone dust in the garden. So why should it not be important with organic fruit and vegetables? A serious glitch in this most of the time excellent movie.