I FINALLY just watched the new documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret over the weekend...twice in two days, that's how much I loved it.
I did the artwork for the Cowspiracy T-shirts during the crowd-funding campaign and knew the doc would be a good addition to the vegan genre, but the final cut exceeded my expectations. It's truly a great accomplishment and I want to make sure you see it, even if you're a vegan veteran and not a newbie (I've studied the motives for over a decade and the film still managed to shock me with some numbers, history, and footage I've never seen).
So you know:
• Cowspiracy is NOT a violent film about animal cruelty, per se.
• It IS an exposé on the environmental movement's failure to discuss animal agriculture (FINALLY!!!).
• It's a fantastic film to watch with meat-eating friends because it's not outrightly vegan until you're already hooked by Kip Anderson's journey (he's the filmmaker) and the interviews he conducts.
• You will learn from vegan experts and leaders you should know.
• Once the vegan conclusions is reached, Kip does a great job covering frequently stated excuses.
• AMAZINGLY, the film has been made available on Netflix—SO accessible! Or via DVDs and digital downloads, too, for just a few dollars.
I promote veganism every day, but the film actually reignited me to do more, especially to influence more influencers, so I'm brainstorming ideas there. And it made me extremely proud of vegans, who I strongly feel are the only people doing any effective activism these days. I really mean that. It's not self-righteousness; it's that given such staggering statistics of destruction caused by every kind of animal agriculture, there will be nothing left to fight for if not planetary health first. At this point, our vegan work is a matter of life and death in more ways than one.
Promise me you'll watch it! This weekend!
*Please give the film a 5 star review, too on Netflix. There's been word that Big Agriculture is having people leave poor reviews.
Thank you for the work you do everyday. I see you!
“Following Dr. Cousens’s guidance, you and your children can reach extraordinary health.”
—Neal Barnard, MD, author of Power Foods for the Brain
"A landmark contribution in the field of pediatric care."
—Anna Maria and Brian Clement, PhD, LN, directors of the Hippocrates Health Institute
“Conscious Parenting is a call to collectively raise our standards of life and reach the potential inherent in ourselves and our kids. The mind-blowing conclusions in this book make it an essential guide and resource for every person who knows a child—we'll be wise to listen.”
—Ruby Roth, leading author and illustrator of veg books for kids
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I just had the tremendous honor of writing the foreword for a new book by one of my most favorite vegan leaders in the world—Dr. Gabriel Cousens, woohoo! His latest release, Conscious Parenting, co-written by Leah Lynn (author of Baby Greens: A Live-Food Approach for Children of All Ages) is now my go-to recommendation for all parents raising (or planning to raise) vegan kids.
This could be the best book ever published on safe and successful vegan parenting. It contains data showing that children up to four years old—born and raised vegan—are in the top one-third of height and weight percentiles, it provides a scientific and spiritual foundation for holistic vegan parenting, covers nutritional requirements, even provides a basis for legal protection for vegan parents (when social services and courts become problems), and offers many ways to teach children about holistic veganism. And if that's not enough, the book includes recipes!
Last word—if you didn't know Dr. Cousens already, you MUST now! Calling him a mere doctor is an understatement—he has so many credentials following his name, it's bananas: M.D., M.D.(H.), N.D.(h.c.), D.D., Diplomate Ayurveda, Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine. He is a holistic physician, homeopath, psychiatrist, rabbi, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, Chinese herbalist, world leader on reversing diabetes, ecological leader, founder and director of Tree of Life Center, and bestselling author of several books. Read more about him and his programs here, I absolutely cherish the work he does in the world!
Cheers to the next generation!
Do you have any other favorite vegan parenting books? Share them below!
Because I am an information hound and like to keep my arsenal of animal knowledge stocked (and because I like to win arguments), I'm reading a beautiful book you should read, too, called Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us by David Neiwert.
If you loved Blackfish, you'll gain heaps more in-depth, but easy-to-read knowledge from this book, which is full of absolutely stunning information about the minds and lives of these animals, both free and captive. It's the kind of reading that makes your heart soar/ache and fills you with a sense of solidarity with other activists and a (re)commitment to veganism.
SIDE NOTE: Every time I post something like this that advocates for a specific species, I always get comments from people who have to poo on the parade by asking, "What about cows and chickens and pigs?" Can we agree not to do that anymore?
Even if I understand the sentiment, I don't want us thinking that gaining peoples' compassion is a zero sum game—as if it cancels out the possibility of gaining their compassion for other species. It's no doubt a healthier outlook to think of compassion as an endless resource instead of a limited one if we are going to go on with any activism at all.
Duh, it can be maddeningly annoying when people love some animals and eat others, but winning a piece of anyone's heart/brain for any animal opens a small crack through which other information might seep in.
It's great to be critical, but let's never hate on a win, please. They're not easy to come by (though it helps if you have solid arguments...which brings me back to this book!).
Let me know what you think of Of Orcas and Men, happy reading!
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