I became a vegetarian when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I had been watching a cooking program with my parents and a chicken was killed on the TV and I realised where the meat on my plate came from and made the decision not to eat it. I think my mum thought it would be a short phase and I’d crave chicken nuggets and fish fingers soon enough. She was wrong. I’m nearly 20 and still definitely a vegetarian.
Over the past four or five years I’ve made a conscious decision to educate myself on this earth and why being a vegetarian or vegan CAN massively impact this world.
Most recently I watched Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, the documentary made by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn. This really brought to light the effects of farming animals has on this earth and the people living here. Most of the statistics were related to America but everything America is doing, so is the rest of world.
Animal agriculture leads to ‘deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill’. This statement seemed too shocking to be true. However, after watching the documentary and doing some reading myself, it is in fact correct.
What I really loved about watching this documentary was how persistent Kip and his team were to find the truth, no matter the stories of what had happened to other people who had tried to ask similar questions. Asking Americans to stop eating meat would be returned with such a response that the government and other groups within America, were holding this information from the mass public. Being untruthful to people about how much they are destroying this planet by eating meat and dairy is a criminal act in my opinion.
The way the film was made kept me interested the whole way through. Specifically when it touched on fish farming. Personally, I had never had a strong reason for not eating fish. Its an animal so I don’t eat it but people often say to me ‘fish don’t have feelings’, I never had a proper argument to come back with. Although that has now changed after watching this documentary. Discovering that by 2048 our oceans could be completely empty if we continue the way we’re going, this made me so upset.
I enjoyed the medical representation in the film, really showed me what good I am doing my body by not eating meat. My goal by the end of the year is to become Vegan. I’m nearly there, I don’t consume cows milk, yoghurt or cheese. However, I still eat eggs and sometimes chocolate containing cows products. Watching this has massively inspired me to become a Vegan and learn more about what I and my family and friends can do to help save our planet!
I would highly recommend watching this documentary.
I have been told to watch ‘What the Health’ made by the same people if anyone has seen it let me know what you thought?
I’m not trying to enforce my opinions on you but if all people were to truly think about the effects of meat and dairy product consumption and how disastrous it can be on this planet I think many more people wouldn’t be eating meat or dairy.