holy cow.

guys.  have you seen Cowspiracy? it’s on Netflix.  i watched it last weekend.  twice.  i’m gonna use a lot of short, pointed statements.  because it’s dramatic.  and it’s an indicator of how this film made. me. feel.

Cowspiracyi saw Food Inc. back in 200whatever and it made me stop any and all fast food cold turkey.  like, left the teeny theater in the village (i was a poor, but oh-so-cool New Yorker then) and over a couple cupcakes from a nearby bakery discussed, with then-boyfriend, how we were going to do our part to fight “the man” by giving up any and all fast food right then and there.  and we did.  for a really long time.  like, years.

…except for those couple of late night KFC moments.  it’s the mashed potatoes, y’all.  i’m a sucker for mass produced instant potatoes with gravy.

then, many years later, i was no longer with said boyfriend and i was back on the sauce.  special sauce.  not McDonalds, would never.  but, ya know…it would be late, i was single, the drive thru was so easy. and it wasn’t like Taco Bell, i could see him outside of hoe hours (“after 11pm ain’t nothing open but legs and Taco Bell”, or something).  we had breakfast all the time.  Carl was down the street from my apartment; it was meant to be!  i didn’t grow up with a Carl’s!  he was new!  and exciting!  and well, delicious.

then i got pregnant.  i had to eat.  it was so good.  blah, blah, blah, i love Carl’s Jr.  we’re in love.

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i (over) share all this in order to lead me to what happened Sunday while watching Cowspiracy.  it was like what happened after i watched Food Inc. only 1000 times more.  everything changed.  and not for a moment.  and not in some instant, overly-dramatic way.  in the turn to my husband and say “let’s watch that again, take notes and discuss how we’re going to start making some changes” kind of way.  and he, with the same “holy shit” look on his face, agreed.

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for those of you that are unfamiliar, Cowspiracy is a documentary that exposes the damaging and life-threatening environmental effects of animal agriculture.  i’m not going to terrify bore you with stats, but it is most definitely, without a doubt, worth a watch (or two).  seriously, guys.  watch it.  it will blow your mind.

i know what you’re thinking: i’m some hippie dippie, anti-establishment, liberal California-convert.  and while all those things might be true, i am also a meat-eating, cheese-addicted, convenience-of-pre-packed-food-loving American from the South.  i believe Amy Poehler’s character, Angie, put it best in the classic film titled Baby Mama when she so eloquently said: “that crap’s for rich people who hate themselves.”

but with that said, i’m pretty sure we’re going to start making the vegan conversion.  i miss cheese already.  and there’s some expensive organic dairy products in our fridge that WILL BE eaten.  but we’re gonna start rolling out some major changes.

that’s how powerful the information in this documentary is.  we have an opportunity to make a real difference every day.  and not some teeny bump in the environment like when i take a quick shower or recycle my pizza box.  mmmm, pizza.  cheeeeeese.

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sorry.  what was i saying?

ah, yes, turns out eating considerably less meat and dairy – if not going vegan entirely – has an incredible impact on the environment.  like, it’s the only thing that will cause significant enough change to ensure my kid and his kid still have an inhabitable and sustainable planet.  because that’s how quickly things could change.  (seriously, guys, read this stuff. it’s cray.) 

it would suck so hard to get this gun control situation handled (i try to remain hopeful) and make major strides in race relations in this country (slightly less hopeful) to just have the planet go to shit before we can enjoy some of that good livin’.

one last thing before my final plea for all of you to watch this film: this isn’t some made up, lefty-liberal, mumbo-jumbo meant to scare us.  this is real life.  real facts.  science.  and yes, the type of science that plays nicely with faith and spirituality.  i believe deeply in a higher power, aka God, and i still feel a responsibility — a divine responsibility — to this planet and the life that inhabits it.  we are all connected both to that higher power and each other.  and all signs point to stepping up and taking better care of the place we all share.

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this film helped open my eyes to how we can do that.  it is so uncomfortable.  it challenges all the things i grew up doing.  it makes me want to make difficult changes that i’m not exactly excited about.  but it’s a call to action and i’m going to do my best to answer it.  because i have to.  and to keep it really real, i think we all do.

honestly, i don’t know if i’m strong enough or creative enough for a vegan diet.  in order to curb this soul food-lover and everyday-egg-eater’s cravings i’m gonna need some major assistance making all these plants work for me (and my family).  i know vegetarian and vegan food has come a long way and can be incredibly delicious.  i actually eat that way often.  but it’s with the understanding that i can have fish or chicken with my rice later and that breakfast burrito in the morning.

i’ve already asked some loved ones to watch the documentary and this is sums up the response i got:

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maybe i should’ve offered more than a dollar?  but i totally get it.  while i promise not to become one of those holier-than-thou veggie-pushers, my family hasn’t heard the last of me.  i might have to resort to bait and switch tactics.  so, beware next time i ask you to come over and rewatch Unbreakable Kimmy Scmidt or Grace & Frankie (<–my mom made me watch while she was visiting and now i’m obsessed with it).

would you be willing to watch Cowspiracy?  knowing it may inspire these types of changes in you?  have you seen it?  did you already know these things and can offer any suggestions?  cook books, blogs, support groups?  something!

i ate a giant chunk of turkey meat from some leftover spaghetti sauce while typing this.  i didn’t even heat it up.  help.

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1 comment on holy cow.

  1. Chev
    October 14, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I may give this a watch. I’m not a big meat eater, but fish and dairy would definitely be a struggle for me to give up! (What would I be without pizza and gelato?) I read Fast Food Nation back in the day and had the same response you did to Food inc. But, gradually, some of that fast food crept back in (DANG YOU, CONVENIENCE.) From the sounds of it, this documentary might have an even more traumatic affect. yikes.

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