Guest Post — 5 Factory Farming Documentaries to Show Your Meat-Eating Friends

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Today’s post comes from Maria Ramos and offers an overview of five compelling documentaries meant to make people think twice about where their food comes from. If you’re having trouble explaining why you’ve gone vegan or why eating a plant-based diet is good for more than health, these films can help you make your point. Thanks for the great info, Maria!

5 Factory Farming Documentaries to Show Your Meat-Eating Friends

When sitting down at the dinner table with family, what doesn’t go through our heads is where our baked chicken breasts or pork chops come from. Instead, we happily munch away at our meat, unaware of the cruelty we are supporting and health risks we are exposing ourselves to. This is partly because the factory farming industry keeps us in the dark. However, with documentaries released in recent years, we can no longer remain ignorant about our food and how it affects our health. Here are five of the best documentaries that educate us about factory farms:

Indigestible: The Film (2014)CAFO hogs public domain

Through comprehensive interviews with environmental experts, director Geri Atos manages to provide plenty of vital information in just ninety minutes with this excellent documentary. It focuses on the impact of factory farming, not only on the cruel treatment of “food” animals but also on public health and the environment. Hidden costs of keeping supermarket prices low, such as an increase in preventable diseases, are revealed, as are some of the shockingly cruel practices used to increase profits. Find clips of this film on their YouTube page.

Cock Fight (2015)

This documentary is about the life and death struggle of chicken farmers trying to survive within a corporate system that’s rigged against them. Farmer and whistle-blower Craig Watts allowed six months of filming to produce this film about how the chicken industry really operates. It provides graphic evidence that the corporate definition of “humanely raised” is far different than we imagine. It is the most recently released documentary on this list, having premiered on FusionTV earlier this year. Check this website for listings.

Food, Inc. (2008)

If this film has a narrow focus, it’s only because fewer corporations wield more power and influence over the world’s food supply than ever before. It shows the extent to which these companies are able to sway government regulatory agencies charged with protecting public health. We are presented with some pretty grim statistics regarding just how much our health is affected by the increasing lack of corporate accountability. However, we’re also left with a ray of hope and some information about how to take steps to reverse this destructive trend. This film is for those who believe that farming should be more about public health than private profit—and want to help make farming practices reflect those values. Food Inc. has been made very popular thanks to Netflix where you can still stream it.

Vegucated (2011)

This film began as an experiment in which three New Yorkers agreed to be filmed while following a vegan diet for six weeks. The result was this award-winning documentary that’s as entertaining as it is informative. Using humor and wit, this film succeeds at dispelling many of the myths associated with veganism. Featuring a bodybuilder who is anything but weak, we aren’t just told, but shown, its benefits. You’ll come away with a well-rounded view that includes perspectives from a variety of knowledgeable people, including a cattle rancher and a nutritional biochemist. Vegucated can also be found on Netflix.

CAFO cows EPAFarm to Fridge (2011)

This short twelve minute film packs a powerful punch. Despite this documentary’s brevity, it’s enough to make most people cringe and turn away and possibly longer than most people can actually bare to watch. For those who take no pleasure in seeing tortured animals and hearing them shrieking in agony, this film has no entertainment value whatsoever. It provides graphic and irrefutable evidence of everything you never wanted to know. Once enough people have seen it, factory farms will no longer be able to profit from these practices. This documentary has been uploaded to YouTube for all to see freely.

These films contain some graphic scenes and stark realities that are unforgettable. So the next time viewers sit down to have a meat-filled meal, they’ll think twice about what they are actually putting into their bodies.

About the Author

Maria is a writer interested in comic books, cycling, and horror films. Her hobbies include cooking, doodling, and finding local shops around the city. She currently lives in Chicago with her two pet turtles, Franklin and Roy. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaRamos1889.

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