Well, my roommates and I were going to take a study break by heading out to the national zoo, but we heard that it wasn’t as great as we had hoped it would be. So I decided to watch Forks Over Knives on Netflix instant watch. Why this movie? Well, I read somewhere on Perez Hilton that it had been converting celebrities into vegans, so I was curious. And I love a good food documentary.
In my senior year of high school, I watched Food, Inc and was awestruck. I later watched King Corn, which was not as snazzy as Food, Inc., but I enjoyed learning even more about the powerful corn industry here in the U.S. I wrote a paper my freshman year of college about corn subsidies and their effects on Mexican immigration to the U.S. I was so fascinated by food policy, that when I began an internship as a 7th grade summer teacher, I focused my social studies class on agricultural subsidies in the U.S.
So I was ready, and eager, for another food documentary.
I was about 15 minutes into FoK when my suitemate came in.
“What are you watching?”
“Another food documentary,” I said through a mouthful of (non-vegan) cake.
“What’s it about?”
“It basically argues that the increase in heart disease and cancer is because we eat animal-based foods, I guess.”
“No, like, eggs, milk, everything that comes from animals.” And another bite of cake.
My suitemate frowned and seemed a bit offended.
“So are you going to become a vegan after this?”
“No, no. I just like watching documentaries about food policy.”
But after finishing the documentary, I’m not sure how truthful I was.