Makes the case for a plant-based diet which is good for our bodies, good for the environment and mitigates climate change.
Directed by Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi
Produced by Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi, Christopher Hird
Executive Producer: Christopher Hird
Written, Edited and Photographed by Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi
Illustration: Lilli English
Animation: Nico Argast, Yaya Halawani
A Studio at 58 and Dartmouth Films Production
[Note: Community screenings of PLANEAT can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.]
"A beautifully filmed discussion of the impact of a high-meat diet on our environment, our climate, and our health." Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations?
Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, PLANEAT for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life's work to answer these questions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell in China by exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of nutrition to treat chronically ill heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, wasteful land use and lifeless oceans.
PLANEAT inspires you to make the right food choices: choices that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food.
Grade Level: 7-9, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2011
Copyright Date: 2011
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-731-0
"Planeat is a beautifully filmed discussion of the impact of a high-meat diet on our environment, our climate, and our health. It would be a valuable springboard for discussion in any course on the ethics of what we eat."
Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Author, Animal Liberation
"Planeat shows how we are damaging our own health and that of the planet through an unsustainable diet and environmentally damaging food policies in the Western world. It is a call for action by civic society, consumers, and governments to act now to help cut levels of cancer and heart disease, and reduce the carbon and water footprint of agriculture by boosting the fruit and vegetables sector. Together we can act to secure better global food security, trade justice, improved public health and greater social justice by making the changes in consumption and behaviour which this film so brilliantly advocates."
William Bain MP, UK Shadow Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister
"Planeat provides a clear and convincing argument for a plant-based diet...A diversified diet, emphasizing plants over animal products, is the most healthy. The movie makes clear that excessive dependence on foods of animal origin may lead to illness and death, while putting stress on the environment."
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Applied Economics, Cornell University, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Copenhagen University, Author, Seeds of Contention
"This movie will make you salivate over a plant-based diet. It's full of valuable scientific information that is conveyed in a clear and insightful way. The choice of characters, pace, and variation of scenes in the film are just right. It is a 'must see' for people living in societies that consume significant amounts of animal protein. The good news is that eating more vegetables and fruits is clearly a delicious and healthy alternative."
Roz Naylor, Professor, Environmental Earth Science, Director, Program on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
"Planeat fills the gap that remained after Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc.. Choosing a diet that best supports human and ecosystem health need not involve a life of deprivation. Fortunately, there are abundant, savory food choices that will optimize health and reduce our carbon footprint. This film provides the viewer with the knowledge they need to be part of the solution to the world's health-care and environmental crises."
Dr. Chris A. Hirschler, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Monmouth University
"Planeat makes a powerful case...The film will engage audiences from the general public to academic communities to high school students and is an important contributor to the food revolution underway in the US."
Dr. Robert Lawrence, Director, Center for a Livable Future, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
"PlanEat is a well-presented argument in favor of a plant-based diet for personal health and environmental benefits. Whereas films such as Food, Inc. (2009), King Corn (2007), and Fresh (2009) look at how our food is grown and processed, PlanEat questions the typical animal-based Western diet...Highly recommended for classes discussing nutrition, vegan cooking, food chain, or human impact on the environment."
Barb Bergman, Minnesota State University, Educational Media Reviews Online
"I applaud Planeat not only for its broad scope, but particularly for its very detailed review of health effects...I highly recommend it as an important educational tool for teachers at any level, for parents and families, for environmental clubs or medical organizations, and for the enlightenment of any individual who cares about health, longevity, and solutions for our ailing planet."
Dr. Sally Kneidel, Veggie Revolution
"If you go vegan, you and the Earth will feel a lot better...We leave the film rapacious to explore the bright-colored world of vegan cooking. Indeed, Planeat makes us crave vegan food without making us hate meat."
The Green Life blog, Sierra Club
"The moral, ethical, and health benefits for adopting a plant-based diet are indisputable in this persuasive and ultimately upbeat film."
The Midwest Book Review
"A thought-provoking exploration of issues raised by meat consumption and its effects on global warming, this is recommended."
"Should be compulsory viewing."
"Highlighting links between protein consumption and cancer, beef farming and climate change, the film's holistic viewpoint is punchy and inspirational."
"Makes its case clearly... Rather than let the focus fall on what it is suggested we should give up, it instead tempts us with a look at some of the things we could be eating...Planeat is refreshingly upbeat, seductive and enjoyable, a truly refreshing contribution to the genre."
Eye For Film
"We've heard the slogans time and time again, but hopefully a new generation is taking notes. Eating local. Eating organic. Eating food free of antibiotics. These are not luxuries. If we want to live longer, healthier lives, they need to become downright necessities...I know I have reevaluated my eating habits. Is it too dramatic to say that Planeat may have saved my life?"
John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox
"Planeat is very effective in delivering its message...Well thought out, and delivered sans any heavy political overtones...You'll definitely learn something."
Includes 2 versions: the original 72-minute version and a 35-minute version, plus an 8-minute interview with Peter Singer on eating locally, loss of cultural tradition and the applicability of PLANEAT. Subtitles in English, English SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Spanish, German and Chinese (simplified), scene selection, and more.
The film's trailer
Awards and Festivals
The Jury Selection, UK Green Film Festival Award
FICMA, Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival
London International Documentary Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
European Documentary Film Festival
Melbourne Environmental Film Festival
Slow Motion Food Film Festival, Nova Scotia
Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto Festival, Italy
Ecocup Moscow Film Festival
Do Something Reel Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival
Oneonta Film Festival
Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival
Transitions Film Festival, Australia
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