Marisa Miller Wolfson
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About the Movie
Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to 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 conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets? Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.
Poorly done; much more enjoyable and educational documentaries out there…waste of time and money.
Half educational, half misleading
While I thing there is validity in vegan for some people, the way this movie goes about promoting this lifestyle is misleading. It definitely goes for shock value and to "scare" people into veganism. Also, as an avid reader on this topic (I like to be healthy too), I found several items that are misleading or even false.
1) Humans evolved to eat meat and plants. Humans did not start eating meat just because they moved away from equatorial regions. Our teeth and physiology are evidence of this.
2) The slaughter practices in the move are indicative of the worst conditions, typically those that combine lowering consumer cost and increased industrial volume. Many farms, particularly small ones focusing on sustainability, reduce volume and charge a higher price. This reduction in "efficiency" also lead to better animal treatment
3) Our position in the food chain assures that we can eat as we please and that includes animal products. The movie's information fails to acknowledge the effects of highly processed foods, and even recommends them, in the human diet. There is greater evidence that modern food processing is more hazardous to a human's health than simple animal products. Context is important here.
Most people have no idea where thier meat comes from. Personally I found this movie very tame. It only dips a toe into the sick pool that is factory farming. If you watched this and still want to learn more, I recommend you watch "Earthlings".