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  1. Eating Animals (documentary)


    #1153552019-01-06 15:37:30Kirn said:

    Well, site is up - sadly - so let's do a documentary thread, since I just watched another one few days ago.

    This is very clearly a highly critical look at how animals are raised now before they become meat that we eat. Basically, about 'factory' method and about how horrible it is and how much it affects the environment.
    As you can clearly guess, this is very one-sided view, but it's still interesting. Factory method makes money and supplies based on ever growing demand, so it's obviously a very powerful system that's in control of the meat now. And that system is show in all its ugliness, including mutated animals and cruel experiments and pollution. On the other hand we are being shown farmers who still struggle to do things the old way. I actually was impressed with the guy who raises turkeys, as his motivation is literally that if he would stop raising these birds for people to eat, these birds, as they are in nature, would completely die out. It's a nice paradox. Along the way there's also some opinions on how people should re-think their food, and how plant-based 'meat' is a thing.
    Movie, as I said, is very opinionated. That's its whole point - to show how things are bad right now. And it's being narrated by Natalie Portman who sounds super sad and judgemental, which was honestly a big turn off for me. However, they do show the current system, and how it works and what effect it has, and that is very educational from environmental point of view, and also from just knowing what you eat and how it may be created.

    Some might lose taste for meat after this movie. I obviously did not, but fair warning to those of you who are too impressionable.

  2. #1154762019-01-19 19:36:29 *mizlily said:

    Does this doc tell anything that people don’t already know?

    I hate gore of all kinds, so though I might like eating a cow I don’t want to see how it is slaughtered therefore I most likely will not be watching this. Also, I thought you were exaggerating about Natalie Portman’s voice but you’re totally on point, she does sound unbelievablely sad

  3. #1154772019-01-19 20:00:52Kirn said:

    @mizlily well, for me the interesting point was the effect on environment. Personally I don't mind idea of concentrated spaces dedicated to producing smth - meat in this case - but if it affects the outside... then it's a different thing. So that was the point I didn't really think of, really.

    Also there was a segment about some weird fucked up lab where they were doing strange experiments, and that part might be considered gore-y... maybe? I dunno, could be. Again, this is something that was new to me.

    Stuff about animals being genetically modified and kept in bad conditions - that's pretty much common knowledge these days, so nothing new there.

  4. #1155002019-01-23 05:05:58mizlily said:

    @Kirn I’m honestly surprised that you would watch a documentary like this. Did you genuinely thought the subject matter was entertaining or was it Natalie Portman that drew you in?

  5. #1155182019-01-23 10:29:11Farris said:

    Maybe I should give the documentary a watch. Thanks for sharing @Kirn . Personally I think that as long as animals have enough space to move around relatively freely, and they're healthy, then I don't see any problems. I know that some (if not most) of the meat I eat, even over here, does not fit what I mentioned before, but then again considering the overpopulation of our world, then it's not like we have a lot of better options.

    I don't think cutting out meat from our diet is going to benefit us in the long run. If we move over to the topic of what's a healthy diet for people then there are some ground rules, but it's also clear that for example one person reacts differently to eating rice than another person. There's still too much we don't know about our diets and how our diets affect us.