Changing your diet isn’t easy, especially when pizza and ice cream are at stake. For ethical, environmental, and health reasons, Chris and I have decided to make the switch in our lives. Here are some of Chris and my favorite documentaries, Youtube channels, and articles about why plant-based is better for our planet, your personal health, and animal welfare.
Documentaries: Luckily, all of these documentaries are available on Netflix! While these may not be ideal for Friday date night, all are well-made and informational. I personally like documentaries over written information because they are more likely to garner a visceral reaction and buy-in from audience members than a newspaper article.
- ‘Forks over Knives’ (2011): This documentary mainly focuses on the health consequences of a diet heavy in animal products while disassembling several myths about the vegan diet. It’s a mix of documentary/reality TV since it follows several people’s health transformations after adopting vegan lifestyles.
- ‘Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret’ (2014): This documentary presents the environmental impact of animal agriculture and corporate culpability in denying/hiding their role in the current climate crisis. This documentary is incredibly powerful and was one of the main reasons why I decided to adopt a plant-based diet.
- ‘Game Changers’ (2019): Game Changers debunks the myth that eating meat is the key to athletic performance and disentangles our societal association between meat and masculinity. I find it to be very “bro-y,” but the film admittedly does do a great job of captivating this audience. My more carnivorous friends have been floored by the evidence presented in the documentary.
- This is an unofficial recommendation since I have not seen this documentary myself and have some reservations due to the violence portrayed within the documentary. Several friends have recommended ‘Dominion’ (2018), which can be found on Youtube for free. This documentary centers animal welfare violations within our feedlots and slaughterhouses.
- Earthling Ed: His passion is infectious! In his own words, Earthling Ed is “passionate about saving animals and the planet through vegan education and activism.” He has spoken at over a third of UK universities and six Ivy Leagues, so this guy is the real deal! If you’re looking for content to persuade you into the lifestyle or keep up your willpower when meat cravings kick in, Earthling Ed’s channel is a great place to start.
- Caitlin Shoemaker: After deciding to give veganism a try, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how to create three square meals a day without animal products. I love Caitlin’s videos because she makes plant-based eating easy, practical, and affordable with meal preps, cooking videos, and more. (She has a “Tofu 101” video!) She’s also passionate about zero/low-waste living, and her videos have lots of advice to offer in that realm!
Articles and Other:
- “What to Cook in a Changing Climate,” New York Times (2018): This article is amazing because of the amount of information it is able to disseminate in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, graph-filled article. It’s also very impartial and doesn’t push for a plant-based lifestyle outright. I am constantly sending this article to people, and I hope you’ll read it too!
- “Future 50 Foods Report,” World Wildlife Fund (2018): This report, co-published by Knorr Foods and the WWF, lists the fifty foods we can eat to improve the food system/be as low-impact as possible. Notably, no animal products make the list.
Happy watching and reading! Please let us know what you think of these articles, documentaries, and Youtube Channels, and leave us your own recommendations!
Edith and Chris