Saturday Night Flick: Vegucated

Staying in on Saturday night? Or maybe just having a lazy afternoon? If you’re looking for a new movie to watch I’ve got a great recommendation, and it’s on Netflix! It’s called “Vegucated” and it’s a critically-acclaimed documentary on going vegan.

Now before you pass your judgement all you non-vegans, I’ll let you know right away that I myself am not vegan. However, after this movie I’m definitely reevaluating my diet, and, if I can figure out the right support system, both financially and morally, I may take the challenge.

“Vegucated” is convincing because it deals with “normal” eaters on their path to veganism. Three New Yorkers, all from different backgrounds, whose diets consist mostly of processed foods, meat, and cheese, decide to take the challenge on the basis that veganism has been tied to weight loss and cleansed health. They had no idea animal cruelty was even a factor. But writer/director/editor/host Marisa Miller Wolfson, also once a conventional eater, takes them on field trips that include grocery shopping, an abandoned slaughterhouse, an animal refuge farm, and activist panels, while also coaching them through what to and not to eat, to introduce the darker side of the food industry. The three face different struggles – social acceptance, temptation, a non-complying family – and also different revelations.  I won’t give away the ending, but it is a happy one, and one that makes such a major life change seem more doable, and necessary. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, only because I wish it was longer!

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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