There are some documentary films that are able to change the attitude of a whole generation – Forks Over Knives 1 , Cowspiracy 2 , What The Health 3 to name but three must-see films which are all available on Netflix and elsewhere. The film I’m recommending, H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters (2018) 4 , is certainly no exception.
If you haven’t seen it yet yourself, please take an hour and a half of your life to watch it. If you are able to send this link to other people who you think might watch/share it, please consider doing so.
“If you want to change the world, look no further than your dinner plate. According to the stirring feature-length documentary “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters”, that’s where the potential for meaningful transformation lies within reach for all of us. The film tackles subjects like obesity, food insecurity, and our planet where resources are being stretched to the breaking point.” 5
The following are the inspirational cast of experts 6 who share their vast range of knowledge in this film.
About the Film
Half of the population in Western society suffers from being overweight. Cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and cancer are epidemic. Our meat consumption has quintupled over the past 50 years. 65 billion land animals are being slaughtered every year for food consumption. One third of the global grain production is fed to animals for fattening while 1.8 billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and starvation. Can there really be a solution to all these problems?
It was the search for an answer to this question that led Austrian author and filmmaker Nina Messinger 7 on a journey through Europe, India and the US to investigate the consequences of our diet. Meeting with leading experts in nutrition, medicine, science, and agriculture, as well as with farmers and people who have recovered from severe illnesses, simply by changing their eating habits. The film´s deeply distressing images and moving stories make a clear case for a plant-based diet that is not just a short-lived lifestyle trend but provides a solution for preserving our entire world. The movie serves up a stunningly simple, yet comprehensive solution – right on our plates. Changing our eating habits will rebalance not just our health, but the planet itself.
H.O.P.E. is a life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet high in animal-based foods. It contrasts the limited interests of the pharmaceutical and agricultural industry with the all-encompassing interests of living beings on this planet and with the power of responsible consumer action. H.O.P.E. is an urgent call to action to all of us to commit to a change towards sustainability and safeguarding our living environment.
It has a clear message: By changing our eating habits, we can change the world!
Later in the film, there are some disturbing images of the realities inside factory farms and industrial animal food processing plants.
However, if you eat meat, fish, eggs or dairy products, can you really justify avoiding the ugly truth and horrific suffering of the animals treated as mere consumable products on your plate?