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 recipes – PLANEAT‘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.
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