– “Animals are my friends….and I don’t eat my friends” George Bernard Shaw
– “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food, therefore if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” Leo Tolstoy
– “I love animals so much because I have a spiritual and moral bond with them, there’s no way that it’s justified that we should eat them, why should they suffer for us when there are other alternatives like fruit and vegetables?.” BV
– Everything is Connected, when one being suffers, all of humanity suffers. We all live on this one single planet, mankind and the plant and animal kingdoms. Are we co-existing in peace, mind, spirit and body harmony or is there war, suffering, disease, destruction of our habitat and mental confusion? This is not our natural state and therefore not sustainable.
– “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a
tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:1,29
– “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the
river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of
fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the
tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:2
Website: Gary Yourofsky
Website: Hungry for Change
Website: Food Choices
Vegetarian and Vegan Resources
Indian Cooking/Recipes (courtesy Sify Foods):
Shri Ganesh Festival Recipes 1
&Shri Ganesh Festival Recipes 2
Health Related Recipes
Pickles and Chutneys
Pulses and Lentils
Z – All the above in one zipped file
Humane Farming Association
Vegetarian Documentaries/Movie Clips
A Delicate Balance (Australia)
A Delicate Balance
documents the latest discoveries of some of the most prominent experts on
nutrition in the world. Over 50 years of research is skilfully woven into
what feels like a detective unravelling the mysteries behind the disease
epidemic which has struck affluent countries with a vengeance – disease
has been escalating over the last 50 years resulting in 1 in 2 men and 1
in 3 women being diagnosed with cancer. Watching this film will help
you make informed choices about your health and the environment around you
and how to reduce your personal impact.
A Life Connected
“We believe people are born with values that connect them to humanity and the rest of the world in which they live —
values of justice, kindness and compassion. Our task is to help each other reconnect.”
Website: Watch it online
A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal The World
Jewish Vegetarians of North America produced this documentary about how
Jewish teachings can help address current environmental crises. It is
especially suitable for synagogues, temples, JCCs, Jewish schools and
other Jewish institutions. However, its universal message speaks to
people everywhere about the ethics of our relationship to the natural
world, and why it is imperative that we respond quickly to help shift our
imperiled planet to a sustainable path. It is an expose of the
dangers of global warming that highlights how religious responses can make
a difference, and why a shift toward plant-based diets is an essential
part of efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental
threats. Includes interviews with Rabbis, Israeli environmentalists,
and prominent Jewish activists.
Order a free DVD or watch online at www.jewishveg.com/asacredduty/
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, music by Moby
Award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for
food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Caution: content is graphic and disturbing throughout. In an
interview with Katie Courick, Ellen DeGeneres says this is the film that made her go vegan.
Join over 20 million people throughout the world who have watched this award-winning film. It covers a lot of ground
very comprehensively. Among the many highlights are interviews with Dr.
Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neil Pinckney, Dr. Ruth Heidrich and Dr. Joseph
Crowe… What you will get is a virtual one-on-one consultation with some
of the world’s leading authorities on heart disease reversal. Includes segments on environmental and ethical issues.
The word “vegetarianism” is never mentioned once
in this Academy Award nominated documentary, even though it would be the
solution to so many of the wrongs vividly exposed in the film. This
is an omnivore’s view of the problem of our industrialized food system and
its effect on our environment, health, economy, and workers’ rights.
Nevertheless, its high production quality and exposé of factory
farming and agribusiness make it worthy of inclusion on our list.
Through its broad commercial distribution and recognition, many people may
have gotten their first inside view of what is involved in producing meat
Forks Over Knives
This feature film examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of
the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even
reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed
foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of two
pioneering nutrition and health researchers, T. Colin Campbell PhD and
Caldwell Esselstyn Jr, MD. The idea of food as medicine is put to
the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who
have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors
teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the
primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs
of their journeys are revealed. The film features many nutrition
experts, and utilizes state of the art 3-D graphics and rare archival
Website: href=”http://forksoverknives.com/” target=_blank>forksoverknives.com
Read the excellent Boston Globe review, which opens,
“What ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ did for global warming, Lee Fulkerson’s persuasive documentary does for a vegan diet.”
Here is film critic Roger Ebert’s terrific review, which opens,
“Here is a film that could save your life.
Based on the book Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth
from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat, by Howard Lyman.
This is the story of the fourth generation cattle rancher and dairy farmer
turned vegetarian and food safety activist who was co-defendant with Oprah
Winfrey in the infamous “veggie libel” case brought by Texas
ranchers. Lyman uncovers the dangerous and potentially deadly
practices of the cattle and dairy industry. The film is a manifesto
for change from an industry insider whose firsthand experiences may alter
the way you think about your food, and the people who produce it.
Meat the Truth
A Dutch-produced documentary, Meat the
Truth is done in the style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient
Truth and presents the case for meat production’s impact on climate
change. It is a must-see companion film to An Inconvenient
Truth, presenting the critical information omitted from the earlier
film and contributing to societal discussion about movement towards
plant-based diets and thus also a more humane society.
Website: http://www.meatthetruth.com/ and
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
A story of transformation and healing, this film
explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in
traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic
premises of their inherited way of life. With honest interviews and
rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of
animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking
documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and
perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.
PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long
search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment
and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of
pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the
scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West
to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the
ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in id=lw_1317171671_2>China exploring the link between diet and
disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of
diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s
investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming,
land use and oceanic deadzones.
With the help of some innovative
farmers and chefs, PLANEAT shows how the problems we face today can be
solved, without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce
leaves. When buying access to the film, viewers also get an 8 minute
interview with Prof. Peter Singer, and PLANEAT with Spanish and German
subtitles. Here is a rel=nofollow target=_blank>review.
Processed People(40 minutes)
Processed People features in-depth
discussions with leading health and environmental experts/advocates
detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers solutions to our current
devastating health crisis. It features insightful interviews from nine
preeminent health and environmental experts/advocates. They discuss how
and why Americans got into this mess, and what we can do to break the
‘processed people’ cycle. The DVD contains the full documentary (40
minutes) along with 140 additional minutes of extended personal interviews
with the experts, plus another 25 minutes of special feature items.
Seeing Through the Fence
Through a series of humorous and poignant
interviews conducted across the US and in Greece with “random people,” the
documentarian’s family, and activists, Seeing Through the Fence
explores our attitudes about the role of food in modern society and our
connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals
from which our food originates, asking the question, “What prevents
ethical principles from being advanced to action?”
Over a period of nine months, Mischa Hedges and Digital
Sense Productions traveled the west coast to learn more about our food
system. During production, he found that the standard methods of producing
food do not take environmental or human health costs into consideration.
He also explored the many alternatives to the current agricultural system.
Includes interviews with Howard Lyman (Mad Cowboy) and
Kenneth Williams (vegan bodybuilder).
The Animals Film
(25th Anniversary Edition, 120 minutes)
The most impressive film maudit, possibly too
hot to handle, is Victor Schonfeld’s The Animals Film, a
polemical onslaught, stuffed with footage never before shown, and a wealth
of newly-shot material often taken undercover, which documents…mankind’s
degradation, exploitation, and often pointless torture, of the creatures
who share our planet… I do not know when I have come out of a screening
so moved by the power of the cinema as a medium to transform the entire
sensibility of an audience.
The Emotional World of Farm Animals
Aired nationally on PBS, this is a documentary
for viewers of all ages about the thinking and feeling side of animals who
are all too often just viewed as food. Jeffrey Masson leads viewers
through the personal journey he underwent while writing his book, The
Pig Who Sang to The Moon. This journey into the sentient,
emotional lives of farm animals brings Masson to animal sanctuaries around
the country where caregivers and the animals themselves tell their stories
of rescue and escape. Masson delves into the rich ancestry of these
curious and intelligent animals and interviews top experts in animal
behavior. A 50 page study guide to accompany the film is also
The True Cost of Food
(15 minutes, and a 7-minute abridged version; DVD or watch online)
Produced by The Sierra Club Sustainable
Consumption Committee Mission, this film’s goal is to encourage
people to think about the environmental impacts of their consumption
choices by providing specific information.
The Witness is one man’s truth that cries
out for mass exposure, it may be the most important and persuasive film about
animals ever made.
In this award-winning documentary, a construction
contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood explains how he feared and
avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened
his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message
of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, he
tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.
Website: http://www.witnessfilm.org/ and
To Your Health
To Your Health is an in-depth study of whole
food, plant-based nutrition, debunking the most common myths
associated with modern nutrition. Part road movie, part documentary,
the film takes the viewer on an entertaining and educational journey
across the country, interviewing some of the biggest names in the
plant-based world. Visits with nutrition researchers, MDs, athletes,
a farm animal sanctuary, chefs, and vegan restaurants come together in a
presentation of life-changing information and hope for a future of better
health for all.
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