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Published on June 18th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford


Giveaway: PLANEAT Documentary, Real Food for the World

PLANEAT vegan documentary

PLANEAT is a documentary making the food awareness circuit that discusses the global impact of the food we eat on a personal, environmental and economical level.

Upon first receiving the PLANEAT DVD for review, I was a tad bit skeptical. There are so many food-based films out there — exposé-type documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead — that I didn’t expect to learn anything new.

But, I would like to counter my original skepticism with a few points:

A. It is more important to reach people unaware of the dangers of the commercialized food industry, rather than try to entertain those already on board.

B. Current eco-foodies CAN still learn new things AND continue to be inspired.

C. PLANEAT does all of these things.

While PLANEAT did feature vegan “all-stars” like Dr. T. Collin Campbell of The China Study and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn who advocates for a vegan diet to reverse heart disease, it was great to be reminded of just how important a plant-based diet is to a functioning, healthy body, though also still unfortunate that this information is still not more pervasive in the Western world.

Another memorable aspect of PLANEAT is its focus on the environmental aspect of the food we eat. As an inhabitant of the Gulf Coast area, it was particularly compelling to learn that runoff from Midwestern factory farms via the Mississippi River causes “dead zones” in vast areas of the Gulf of Mexico, where aquatic life is completely non-existent for long periods of time in expanses of the ocean.

Additionally, a person can never have too many recipesPLANEAT‘s attention to how food is made not only showcases to those looking into a plant-based diet that it is anything BUT boring, but also provides vegan/vegetarian veterans with new, creative ideas to get out of a cooking rut.

My favorite recipe, and perhaps the cutest moment of the film, was Ann Esselstyn’s Kale and Lemon Sandwich.

You can host your own screening of PLANEAT by visiting the website or even watch on your Apple product of choice.

And also….Eat Drink Better is hosting a GIVEAWAY! PLANEAT will be out on DVD July 3, 2012 — but some lucky winners can get an advance copy! See below for details.

Giveaway Details

There are a few ways to enter the giveaway, and for each one you get your “name in the hat” to receive a free copy of PLANEAT

  • Tell us why you’d like to join the PLANEAT movement.
  • Like Eat Drink Better on Facebook and leave a comment here to let us know.
  • Follow us on Twitter, and leave a comment here to let us know.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, and let us know with a comment here.

Just make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry, so that we’ll be able to count all of them!

That’s it! Stay tuned for the announcement of a winner to be announced next week!


Image Credit: PLANEAT

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About the Author

Social media strategist and writer. Passionate about food policy, education and women's issues. Has written for Vegan Mainstream, The Next Great Generation, Dig Magazine (Baton Rouge), BlogCritics , and occasionally for Vegansaurus . Will accept payments in coffee and/or tofu scramble upon request. Graduate of the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism.

7 Responses to Giveaway: PLANEAT Documentary, Real Food for the World

  1. katherine d. says:

    I’d like to join because, as a vegan and a green-freak, I’m always looking for new ways to improve my lifestyle to benefit the earth and my body.

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Louisa Dell'Amico says:

    I’d like to join PLANEAT because I teach monthly vegan cooking classes at our local community center which include a sit-down dinner and a film. In addition I send out monthly press releases re: my classes, food, and nutrition and I’m always looking for a new angle. This month I’m running a “Kids in the Kitchen!” healthy cooking class with dinner, followed by HBO’s “The Weight of the Nation” Part 3: Children in Crisis. The kids (and adults) are making pumpkin smoothies and air-popped popcorn for a snack, then we’ll be making dinner: Cream of Broccoli Soup; Kale Chips; Black Bean Quesadillas with Spinach and non-dairy Cheese; and for dessert, Chocolate Fondue with Fresh Fruit!

  3. Jennifer Proeber says:

    I recently within the last year started eating real food and have been enjoying actually learning a lot about my food and where it comes from! I’d love to learn more and feel I could learn from PLANEAT.

  4. Shawna W. says:

    I am so excited about this movie. I have also watched Forks Over Knives, Sick Far and Nearly Dead, Food Inc. Food Matters and so on. I have made the switch and am now a proud herbivore!! The more information we gather to help heal the planet and ourselves, the more we can spread the news to others and have the facts to back us up. Thank you for sharing this, as did I on Facebook and offering us it for free! Contests are fun no matter what and when they encompass human evolution and saying NO to commercialized foods, then yeehaw!! Thank you again!

  5. Cindy says:

    I would LOVE to join, due to my great desire to learn the healthiest and best ways to receive the nutrition my body needs. Due to neurological issues, either I make a life-long commitment to a new, improved lifestyle or die a slow, painful, and disabling death. I want to live my life to the fullest, radiating health and joy to all I see. I want to help inspire others by living life, eating correctly, and healing the issues with my body.

  6. Amelia says:

    I love that PLANEAT focuses on the environmental aspect of the food we eat. I am very conscious about this, but would love to learn more!

  7. Amelia says:

    I also like Eat Drink Better on Facebook. :)

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