Meat the Truth

On Sunday, I met up with some friends in NYC to see a showing of a new documentary called Meat the Truth.  It was presented by Marianne Thieme, the first leader of the Netherland’s Party for the Animals (the first elected political party in the world that focuses on animal rights) who also directed and narrated.  The movie’s main focus was on how the practices used on factory farms all over the world play a larger part in global warming than almost any other single industry (including transportation).  It is serving to fill in the very large gap left by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth and to make people aware of this problem that no one seems to want to talk about.

Meat the Truth trailer:

While I cannot say that I loved the way the movie was shot and put together (there were some cheesy cartoons put in and the set up was a little strange), I do think the message it sends and what it is setting out to accomplish is important.  Until I decided to go vegan and did my own reading on the subject of factory farming I had NO IDEA the harm the industry was causing to our environment, and I would assume that is the case with most people.  Bottom line, eating meat is about the most environmentally unfriendly thing you can do.

That being said, I also liked that the documentary does not demand that everyone go vegan right then, which is definitely the best option but not the most realistic to push.  Instead, it presents the idea of just giving up meat for one day a week, because even that can have a large impact.  As consumers, where we invest (or don’t invest) our dollars can send a powerful message to an industry and even just one day without say, chicken, would be felt in the pockets of companies like Tyson and Perdue and would thus effect the number of animals their farms are churning out.

So this is what I would like to encourage you to do.  Pick a day, eat vegetarian.  Or go crazy, eat vegan.  Then you can feel better about driving your SUV or all the times you forget to bring your reusable bags to the grocery store (guilty).  And you never know, maybe you will get to like it and a day will turn into two or three.  Anything’s possible.

Lastly, I’d like to post the song and video that played over the end credits of Meat the Truth.  Apparently this song has been around for a while, but it was new to me and I thought it was great.  Enjoy!

Cows with Guns

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~ by Allison on May 19, 2009.

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