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Think Being Vegan Isn’t Fun? Get Vegucated

Think Being Vegan Isn’t Fun? Get Vegucated
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This is an edited excerpt from an interview with Marisa Miller Wolfson.

At July’s Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of catching a sneak peek of the documentary Vegucated. The film is described as “Super Size Me in reverse.” It follows the journey of three meat-loving, I’m-not-sure-what-veganism-really-is New Yorkers who attempt to go vegan for six weeks. Filmmaker (and vegan) Marisa Miller Wolfson put an ad out on Craigslist for volunteers for her project, and after some entertaining interviews, Brian, a “bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time;” Tesla, “the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans;” and Ellen, “the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking” were chosen as the film’s subjects. Wolfson shows them the ropes of being vegan and illustrates why people are vegan. We watch their struggles, joys and final decision: will they continue on the vegan path?

Unlike many documentaries about veganism or animal rights, this film is fun, light and leaves you feeling motivated and inspired — but not on the verge of tears.

This isn’t the first time Marisa has helped people test the waters of vegan life. In addition to working as the outreach director for Kind Green Planet, she runs Vegan at Heart, a free email coaching program for people who are “vegan at heart, but not necessarily in practice.” I was lucky enough to chat with Marisa about Vegucated, her own vegan journeys and her undying love of kale. Here is the Vegucated trailer, followed by my interview.

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5:03AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you!

8:58PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I became a vegan during March after trying to do the Meatless Mondays for awhile. It still is a challenge for me at this point because of all the attitudes I have had to face from others who thought it was 'just a phase.' So far, I have done pretty good staying true to a vegan diet and lifestyle. I can't say I'm 100 percent because there are so many products that claim to be vegan but still contain processed sugar, which is not even close to being vegan. But I'm doing better and better with this, and I have seen some major improvements in my own health.

2:22AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

This film looks great! Can't wait to see it in its entirety!

1:59PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

ooh, I really want to see this.

8:28PM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

Thanks for the post.

5:23PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

http://www.care2.com/causes/oldest-person-in-the-world-credits-local-diet-for-long-life.html she ate monkies it said. why didn't she die at 50?

don't forget people, kingdom animilia is huge. I still would like to see more people standing up for the little guy. like a sea sponge, coral. jellyfish. you don't want insect color in your food, but will support people who kill insects to protect crops. then yell at someone who shoots a raccoon for killing their birds.

5:18PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

i truly believe that to be a vegan, one has to really be so in love with the animal world, the thought of eating, wearing or abusing animals for their pleasure is intolerable. it is a wonderful feeling to know there are people who feel as i do, on the other hand, anyone who is taking a step in the direction of veganism should be commended.

4:04PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Save it, Kathleen. Many of us are quite aware of the venom and vitriol you have spewed throughout Care2 ESPECIALLY when it pertains to the many benefits of being vegan. You refuse to grasp that you fool no one but yourself.

By the way, being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses FAR less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

7:51AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Any point of view that is different that the one of a particular, hateful, vegan agendist, will be considered without merit. Many vegans here obviously care about working, conversing, and respectfully conversing through these threads so there is absolutely no reason to allow this 'individual' to believe she has the moral platform in these threads. The vitriole is redundant and she is never civil. While she attacks everyone not agreeing with her, she's lost support because of her hatefulness, of even those who are devoted vegans. It is best not to engage her, even when she attacks you. There are too many other great people who do care about working together to effect change within the factory farming industry, to get too ramped up over her comments. Let's also continue to go after Monsanto and the USDA who does nothing to regulate this corporations GMO's.

6:54AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

No, clearly you DON'T understand, Lindy.

People who CARE will make changes and DO something about ending the pain, suffering and needless deaths that animals are forced to endure just to end up on the plates of those who CHOOSE to eat their corpses.

You ARE ranting against vegans. You are complaining about people's personalities and how they express themselves on a PUBLIC forum. You have done nothing BUT complain about me. Go look in a mirror and stop trying to start pointless, counterproductive spats .

Being vegan is better for human health, it is gentler to the environment, uses FAR less resources than animal agriculture, and it is the ultimate way to show genuine compassion, empathy and respect for animals.

People who care will do something, people who don't care will make excuses.



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