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I watched four (4) documentaries on food these past two weeks.

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in order of most recommended:

  1. Forks Over Knives (2011).
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    "examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called ‘diseases of affluence’ that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.”
  2. The Edible City (2012?). full film here.
    about the local food revolution, mainly covering Oakland, CA. urban farming/gardening, food/environmental/social injustice, education.
  3. Soul Food Junkies (2013). trailer.
    Byron Hurt’s journey to back his roots in the South to answer the question, “Is soul food bad for you?” after his father died of pancreatic cancer.
  4. Ingredients (2009).
    the local food movement in america.

and since this is a list already, I’ll just add 

  • Food Inc. (2008).
    if you don’t have time to watch any of the top four and have yet to watch any food documentaries, make time to watch this one first. Factory farming and the state of the food industry in america. 

I’ve already shifted to a mostly vegetarian diet since watching Food Inc. a couple years ago, so not many changes for me after watching these four films. But I did learn a lot. and there’s always more to do: help plant more community gardens, lead by example so friends and family can start eating plant-based whole foods and increasing health, fighting disease..

so.. what sort of documentaries should I watch next? nature/adventure  ones? yeah!

» Why Going Green Can Mean Big Money for Fast-Food Chains

In 2008, Sweden’s No. 1 burger chain got rid of its kids’-meal boxes and, contrary to expectations, sales of the meals rose. Apparently parents who are facing the prospect of their children scrabbling for survival on this wrecked cinder of a planet don’t like creating needless trash? At least in Sweden, anyway.

Max has even taken the unusual step of trying to nudge customers toward its vegetarian options by showing them that the beef version of its burger leads to five times as much carbon emissions. Sales of non-beef burgers went up 16 percent.

via grist.org: Swedish fast food chain makes bank by becoming ‘Klimatsmart!’, 13.04.12.

more: timemag, 09.04.12.

and there’s a “Minimize Me" campaign—contrary to America’s favourite fast food slogan.

how many more reasons to love Swedes/Sweden/Scandinavia?

» Some quick facts about meat consumption and the environment
Some quick facts about meat consumption and the environment:
  • 18% of greenhouse gases are caused by livestock farming.
  • Transport only contributes to 13% of emissions.
  • Methane is 21 times more potent than CO2 emissions.
  • While a cow is eating it regurgitates often. Each time this occurs more methane is released.
  • A cow produces 8-10 thousand liters of milk will produce 5-700 liters of methane every day.
  • An average cow will produce 700 liters of methane each day. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions produced by a 4x4 vehicle traveling around 35 miles each day.
  • 40-50% of all cereals are eaten not by humans but by livestock. 75% of soy is fed to livestock.
  • China is the biggest meat increaser. China’s meat consumption is doubling every ten years.
  • In one year a cow in the Netherlands will produce just as many emissions as a car that drives seventy thousand kilometers. This is equivalent to driving around the earth 1.5 times.
  • Scientists say that it takes up far more land and energy to produce animal protein than it does to produce plant based protein.
  • To produce animal products you need up to 10 times as much land that is needed to produce vegetable products.
  • In the U.S. the meat industry uses 1/3 of fossil fuels that we generate.
  • If every American replaced chicken with vegetarian food for just one meal a week it’d be the equivalent in CO2 of taking about 500,000 cars off U.S. roads. 
  • Since 1950 over 2 million small family farms have disappeared. If they continue at this rate no family farms will remain.
  • 10 billion animals are raised for food each year in the U.S. the average European will consume 80-85 animals per year.
  • The FAO calculated that between 1950 and the year 2000 that then world population grew from 2.6 billion to 6 billion people, yet meat production increased from 45 to 233 billion kilos of meat each year.
  • It’s predicted that there will be 9 billion people living by the year 2050. During this time meat production will double to 450 billion kilos (Or 990 pounds) of meat.
  • The average person consumes 18,000 animals in their lifetime. 
  • Going vegetarian for 7 days a week is the same as taking all cars off the U.S. roads.
  • Going vegetarian for 6 days is the same as the total electricity use off all households in the U.S.
  • Going vegetarian for 5 days a week is the same as planting 13 billion trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
  • Going vegetarian for 4 days is the same as halving the domestic use of all electricity, gas, oil, petrol and kerosene in the U.S.
  • Going vegetarian for 3 days a week is the same as saving 300 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a greater reduction than if all U.S. cars were replaced with Toyota Prius’s.
  • Going vegetarian for 2 days a week is the same as replacing all household appliances with energy efficient appliances.
  • Going vegetarian for just one day a week is the equivalent as saving 90 million plane tickets from New York to Los Angeles.

Source: Global Warming: MEAT THE TRUTH. watch full-length documentary on youtube.

*Just to note, these are facts from the source I linked. You might have different information/statistics. Don’t blame me for the differences. I am only taking what I got out of the documentary. 

bookmarked the documentary. though I am for the most part veg already—inspired by Food. Inc.—another documentary on food can’t be bad.

(Source: , via yangguangyuan)


31 Days of Vegetarian RecipesWe celebrate National Vegetarian Awareness Month with these mouthwatering meatless dishes.

so.. whenever I finally get into real cooking, I&#8217;ll do this. But probably with one dish good for 3 days.
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