Monday, 27 January 2014

Everyone needs a good Vegucation!

Albert Einstein  - "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."



I have just watched the award winning Vegucated and it was a well thought out, humourous and entertaining film. Being only an hour long it keeps your attention and highlights all the important issues around veganism without preaching to you.


Short Synopsis

"Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated is an award-winning, guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before, but can their convictions carry them through when times get tough?"





For me this film touched on exactly why I am vegan and will always chose to be. It is simple really, we have a choice to eat a diet that not only makes and keeps us healthy, but also doesn't support the suffering and killing of millions of animals every year. More and more evidence is coming out showing how meat and dairy is not only bad for us but single handily the reason behind so much that is wrong in this world.

Don't just take my word for it though, look into it and you will see how reducing our meat and dairy not only does you good, but also the planet.

Environmental Impact:


In 2009 Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said"'Give up meat for one day [a week] initially, and decrease it from there." This is because it is so much more environmentally damaging to eat meat and dairy. You have to first grow all the plant food and then instead of eating it, ship it to the livestock around the world and feed it to them. Research has shown it takes roughly 10 grams of plant protein to create 1 gram of animal protein. Mainly due to the fact you lose roughly 90% of the energy on every step of the food chain, so feeding it to animals is pretty wasteful. Especially as the population reference bureau states we currently grow enough food in the world to feed 10 billion. While almost a billion people, including 200 million children go hungry everyday.

Health:


The American Diabetes Association says that a vegan diet can help prevent and manage diabetes and the China Study shows how when animal foods are introduced into a diet, cancer and heart diseases increase. A study published in the Journal of Urology showed that men with an early stage of prostate cancer can stop or even reveres the effects with dramatic changes with their diet and lifestyle. This is only the tip of the iceberg.






Animal Cruelty:
This side of the vegan argument is the one that cannot be defended by people that eat meat and dairy. We now all know the way 99.9% of animals are farmed and killed means they endure endless suffering and are treated like a product and not a living creature You only have to watch undercover footage of any slaughter house to see the pain and brutality these animals go through. A great site to visit to understand the truth behind the animal industry is http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/fact-sheets



So please check out Vegucated and listen to the otherside of the story and realise what the truth really is.
Visit Vegucated website - http://www.getvegucated.com/
Watch Vegucated:




References:

1. Article on vegan diet reversing diabetes symptoms
2. The China Study
3. Research on health effects of a vegan diet
4. Research on environmental impact of different diets.
5. Facts from the Population Reference Bureau
6. Research on prostate cancer
7. Dr Rajendra Pachauri of United Nations statement on reducing meat