Good morning, afternoon, evening! I am super excited to share this second post with you guys! I just want to take a moment to talk to you guys about the purpose of the series. I want this to be an enjoyable experience as well as an educational one. My goal is not to summarize the documentary to the point that you do not want to watch, or you feel like there is no point to watch it because I told you everything. This is a way to lay the facts out on the table, as well as double check those facts.
If you have been a vegetarian for any length of time I am sure you have heard the countless arguments about how the facts are far out there. People like to imply that we make this stuff up. If you do not get anything else out of this series I hope that you learn something from it, after all knowledge is power!
Just like in our last post, we are going to start out with the trailer for the documentary and a short summary of the documentary from the website. My purpose in doing this is to give you, the reader, some background on what we are talking about. This is not essential to the rest of the post, but I think it is nice to have some background.
"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."
This documentary is one that really speaks to my emotional side. It has some really interesting facts, that I will share below, about what being a vegan can do for your health. But it also talks about the treatment of animals in the factory farms today. It starts off strong with pointing out that when most people think of farms they do not think of factory farms that most of the meat consumed comes from. People think of "Grandma and Grandpas" farm. Where the animals have tons of room to run around and everything is nice and cheerful.
So if we break down the American diet it would look something like this. 40% is Animal Products, 50% is processed foods, half of the remaining 10% is made up of white potatoes and the other 5% is fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds.
The documentary also talks about The China Study and it's finding. Basically, the China study confirms the link between consuming meat and dairy with diseases. It is a very interesting read and if you are interested you should purchase the book.
Studies also show that properly planned Vegetarian / Vegan diets are helpful, nutritionally adequate, and can also provide health benefits of prevention and treatment of certain diseases. For example, a healthy vegan diet can prevent and cure diabetes. Some doctors say that it can even treat it better than the American Diabetic Association can.
FACT: Fresh fruits and vegetables are so nutrient dense in comparison to their caloric density that it is nearly impossible to be overweight by just eating a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
So here is the part where we get into the sad and scary parts. In the last 50 years, meat production in the United States has gone up 500%. That is right, Americans eat five times more meat than we did 50 years ago. It is these conditions that are the cause for factory farming. Farms have to use inhumane practices to keep up with the demand while keeping cost down. I am going to take the time to discuss what some of these practices are and what are being done about them from the American government.
One of the practices that bother me the most is that animals are going through medical procedures without the use of anesthesia. It is seen as being too expensive to provide medical care for the animals while they are in the care of the factory farm. If an animal gets an infection or gets sick they are often killed instead of treated.
Just like a human, a female cow will only produce milk if she has recently given birth. Milking cows will be artificially inseminated, then when the baby is born it will be taken away from its mother within 48 hours of birth, so that the milk can go to humans. After the baby is taken away from its mother it is either raised to be a milking cow, raised to be killed for its meat or is killed for veal. Then the cycle repeats itself. The mother cows go through this over and over again until she is killed for hamburger meat.
Many chickens are genetically altered so that their breast will grow larger and produce more meat. The breast can grow so large on the chicken that their legs can not support them. This causes them to not be able to stand up or move around. They can even die from heart failure because their breast is putting to much pressure on them. Male egg chickens are considered useless. So they are killed as chicks or thrown away like garbage.
There have been a few attempts to protect animals from the government. However, animals used for food are not covered under the Federal animal Welfare act. Most states have a common farming practice exemption. So, if the practice is considered common it is okay, all of the practices listed above are considered common.
Okay, I know this was a lot of information to process. I really encourage you to put some thought into the points that were brought up in this documentary. I made some changes to the format of this series, let me know if you prefer this format or the list format I used in the last post in the comments.
See you next time! ~Stella~