Do documentaries, or reading health articles, books, etc., influence you when it comes to plant based eating?
Has any information that you've come across actually convinced you to eat less meat and dairy, for whatever reason appeals to you (ethical, health, etc.)?
About a month ago I watched 2 documentaries that were both advocating a plant based diet. They were both narrated by the same guy, but they both had different reasons for their claims.
The first was called What the Health and it was produced by Joaquin Phoenix (a huge vegan advocate). Its whole premise was that a plant based diet was the healthiest way to eat and that eating meat was a recipe for disease. It also emphasized the way animals are treated in factory farms and traditional animal agriculture, aside from just killing them.
The second was called Cowspiracy and it was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (a known environmentalist). Its purpose was to show how animal agriculture is a huge burden on the planet and is contributing to climate change - more than even transportation.
I also watched a slew of short YouTube documentaries, such as The Weight of the nation, on obesity that also advocated eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
I understand that the two documentaries have their own agenda. They certainly weren't fair and balanced. But they did go some way in convincing me.
For example, they showed something that caused one expert to refer to cheese as "coagulated cow pus." I swear, since then I've found myself thinking of that often when I eat cheese. I also haven't eaten beef in a month.
I'm curious about the effectiveness of such agenda-driven information. I'm wondering if documentaries like this are actually reaching anybody, or if people just don't watch them because they don't want to radically change their diets. (Both of these are available on Netflix).
So I'm wondering, do these sorts of arguments influence you at all? Has anything you've seen or read caused you not to order a burger or have beans for protein instead of chicken? What are your reasons?