DVD review of the Vegan documentary, Vegucated

by on December 26, 2011

in Entertainment

This is a DVD review of the Vegan documentary, Vegucated.

Vegucated

I was presented with the opportunity to review the documentary DVD called VegucatedVegucated is a film where three New Yorkers voluntarily attempt to take the journey of being a vegan for a mere six weeks.

Why did I tackle this DVD review?  My wife became a vegetarian in 1999 after attending an animal husbandry field trip to a dairy farm for a Vet Tech class.  From that day on, she never ate meat again.  Because of her lifestyle, I might be about 50% vegetarian as I eat a lot of salads and soy-based products during the week.

Because of this aspect, when I was presented with the opportunity to review this DVD, I thought I would have an interesting perspective on the subject matter in this documentary.  And it’s moments like this, that I appreciate the opportunity to talk about something more than fictional entertainment, but rather, something real and educational.  Something that can lead to a healthier and greener lifestyle!  If you want.  It’s your call!

Vegucated is written, directed and hosted/narrated by Marisa Miller Wolfson, as we watch three meat and cheese lovers voluntarily attempt to be vegans for six weeks.

In the process of reviewing my screener, I came away learning a lot about what it means to be vegan.  My generic impression prior to watching Vegucated was sort of correct, but I didn’t realize the additional steps they took to not eat animal related products.  What I learned was that the practice of being a vegan is not only about what you eat (or don’t eat) but also what you buy for clothes, shoes, products you eat, etc..  Being a vegan is about a lifestyle of non-violence towards animals!  And surprisingly, a lifestyle that helps humanity live greener and decrease people’s impact on the environment.

Yea, there’s more to this vegan practice than meets the eye!

Vegucated writer, director & host Marisa Miller Wolfson

Marisa Miller Wolfson presents this documentary in a light-hearted approach that adds humor where you would least expect it and true LOL moments pop up throughout.  She interviewed twenty-five New Yorkers and chose three of them that were willing to try the vegan lifestyle for six weeks.

Watching our three participants is an interesting journey of intrepid worries.  What did they get themselves into?  Can they pull this off?  Their journey was fun to watch at first, with their tentative forays into this new world of non-animal food.

We learn that not all vegan food is boring, that is if you consider some types of common cake frosting, Teddy Grahams or double stuffed Oreos as fun food!  And vegan!

Then they visit Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the author of Eat to Live, and he showed our three daring souls the balances of the types of foods that people eat.  Dr. Fuhrman also showed our intrepid trio that when people adopted vegan diets, rates of diabetes, cancer and other issues tend to decrease.

(A Bruce Side Note:

Back in 2009, Forbes reported that in a National Cancer Institute study, that

…the study also associated red meat intake with higher cancer and cardiovascular mortality rates, the two leading causes of death in the U.S.

The study is not a slam-dunk, but it definitely points out an interesting trend.)

This documentary isn’t all fun and games though.  There are moments on tape, that hit you pretty hard.

During their third week of being vegans, our participants were shown materials on how animals are treated in the process of their slaughter.  Or how our participants past meals ended up on their table in front of them.

We learned how dairy cows are forced to produce 340% more milk than they normally should. (Wow, that was a sad bit, watching the calf dragged away from its mother, and mama cow trying to go after her calf.)  We learned about animals that get castrated without any anesthetics.  (The slaughterers say that animals getting their jewels ripped off their bodies don’t need anesthetics.  Strange… it seemed to me that the screaming coming from the animals in the videos might say otherwise.)

We learned that the inhumane treatment of the animals in these processes is legal because it’s the common practice within the industry.  Common practice makes it legal.  That’s what makes it OK to dump pigs into boiling cauldrons and being steamed alive while they try to swim out.  Because it’s a common practice.

If you saw the snippets of footage of the animal handling they showed on this DVD, you would seriously question the premise of eating meat again.  (If you have a heart.)

We also learned that the process to create animal-based foods is inefficient and that the livestock sector contributes more to global warming than the automotive sector.

VEGUCATED press still

By the end of their six week journey, our three volunteers had lost weight and had reduced blood pressure values. 

Vegucated is a fascinating documentary that teaches as well as entertains.  There are some images that may be a bit disconcerting, but they did the job for me in driving the point home, without overdoing it.

This film is for the person interested in learning about being a vegan and there’s a core message about how the treatment of animals is rather horrifying.  The film can also help convert someone if they’re on the cusp of deciding if they want to be a vegan or not.  There’s some great incentive and resources presented within this well thought out documentary.

As for me, I think I may have conducted a DVD review that changed my life. Seriously.

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Vegucated on Amazon

Want to know more?  Check out their website… getvegucated.com, where the DVD will become available for sale, on January 9th, 2012.

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