Movie Review: Eating

Eating by Mike Anderson is not a great movie. It is slowly paced and overly edited with Mike doing voice over images with a factoid overlay. On the other hand it has some great information that I have not seen in other movies on the same subject.

I learned from this movie that eating kills 2 out of 3 Americans. Also, that cholesterol is deadlier than all wars of the 20th century, all natural disasters, and automobile accidents combined. The milk industry has us believing that we need to drink milk to get our calcium when in fact no one in the history of man has died from dietary calcium deficiency and the primary cause of osteoporosis is sedentary work and lifestyle.

The section of the video that covered milk talks about how 70% of the population is lactose intolerant and that the “milk lobby is equal to a nutritional persecutor of minorities due to their high rate of lactose intolerance.”

Eating then goes into the environmental cost of eating meat saying that “1/3 of raw materials and fuels consumed go into raising animals to eat” and you could drive your car 20 miles on the same amount of fuel it takes to make one hamburger. Half of fresh water in the U.S. is used to grow crops to feed the animals we eat and it takes 12,000 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef.

The numbers for meat advertising is staggering with $100 per person to eat meat and ten cents per person to eat vegetables. Farm animals consume 80% of corn and grain, and 95% of oats grown. While 87% of our agricultural land is used to raise the animals that we eat and 2/3 of U.S. grain is exported to feed cattle in other countries. By giving up meat you could save a million gallons of water. I also found it interesting that half of the fish caught are fed to livestock. We spend more money on food to fatten up animals than on starving people.

Eating says that “75% of infectious diseases come from animals” and that “70% of antibiotics are used on farm animals.”

Eating includes interviews with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neil Pinckney, Dr. Ruth Heidrich and Dr. Joseph Crowe. It would have benefited by taking longer to really interview these doctors more carefully and pick their brains for information about switching to a plant base diet.

Eating has information on Heart Disease, Cancer, Reversing Diabetes, Calcium Brainwashing, Lighter meats, Dairy Products, Food Politics, Infectious Diseases, Environmental Impacts, Animal Agriculture, and Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet.

If you can fight through the slow pace I would recommend watching this movie.

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If you want to see some really good movies on the same subject, I would check out Forks Over KnivesVegucated or Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Also, see our interview with Marisa Miller Wolfson  from Vegucated.

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