One of the first times that I became aware of the environmental reasons behind the vegetarian/vegan movement was after watching the documentaries “Cowspiracy” and “Food Inc”. They are very popular documentaries on Netflix that focus on the issues in the food industry and its severe impact on the environment. These documentaries take second hand research, first hand experience and information from interviews of experts in order to get multiple sources about the matter. Personally, the visuals of the animals in their inhumane environments and the use of extreme comparison facts (i.e. the fact that it takes about 600 gallons of water to make one burger) really impacted me and my decision to go vegetarian.
I would love to incorporate information from the documentaries and access to watch them in my blog, however I know that a lot of times documentaries such of those can include a good amount of bias. For example, in “Cowspiracy” one of the doctors states that the only solution to the environmental issues associated with the industry is if everyone chose the vegan lifestyle. This solution is not plausible for many people’s lifestyles, income levels, or areas where they live, yet he fails to address any other solutions for the problem. Instead of suggesting the idea of meat reduction, they focus solely on everyone attaining the same vegan lifestyle as them. While veganism is a good option for some people, it is not reasonable to suggest it to everyone and could possibly make people feel alienated or helpless if they were not able to go vegan.
Besides the access to documentaries, I would like to provide media that shows the conditions and processes behind the animal industry and images that show basic facts to make the viewers think. I would also like to provide access to resources they could use to learn more about the veggie life!