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New Vegan Documentary Helps the World Get “Vegucated”

By Michael d’Estries, ecorazzi

By now, many have learned that switching to a plant-based diet is ideal for the health of our planet, but making that transition from a Standard American Diet isn’t always easy. A new feature-length documentary filmVegucateddigs deeper into that transition and examines the shift that occurs when one fully commits to eating a vegan diet.

Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, “Vegucated follows three meat and cheese lovers from different backgrounds who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured by tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture that make them wonder whether solutions offered in films like “Food, Inc.” go far enough.

The film was made by longtime activist Marisa Miller Wolfson who hopes it will “further the conversation about our culture and our relationship to animals, our planet, and our bodies through our food.”

With the goal of witnessing the shift in perspective, the physical changes, as well as the logistical, social, and emotional challenges and rewards that people experience when they adopt a vegan diet, Marisa has made a film that promises to both entertain and educate.

Moby, a long-time vegan and a favorite of Ecorazzi, has said about the film, “Vegucated is one of the most effective films I’ve seen about the myriad reasons everyone should consider a vegan diet.”

Vegucated launched a Kickstarter page last week with the goal of raising $20,000 in one month to help fund a successful theatrical, DVD, and digital release this fall. [Update: Vegucated reached their goal of $20,000 in less than a week and has now set a new goal for an even wider release of the film.]

For those interested in helping support the film, the “Vegucated” Kickstarter page is offering a series of gifts, including a signed copy of the DVD, a GetVegucated.com fashion tee designed by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart from Vaute Couture and made with recycled soda bottle polyester, and organic cotton, and even a private tour of the Peter Max art studio led by the artist himself.

To find out more about the film and to learn how you can get involved in the Kickstarter campaign, visit Kickstarter.com. Check out a trailer for the film below.

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Image credit: Jessica Mahady via getvegucated.com

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10:38PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

correction: the plant based *diet* does not make "many" people sick.

4:49PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

No, marilyn, the plant based does does NOT make "many" people sick. The Standard American Diet (SAD) certainly does though. Not everyone is a hypochondriac, and not everyone who learns of the countless health benefits of a plant based diet regardless of whether they choose it for themselves or not, spends all their time ranting about it. The FACT is that there are more VEGANS every day and there will continue to be more VEGANS. It is pitiful how this enrages some people so much that they spend every waking hour ranting about anyone who speaks of the benefits of being vegan.

Another FACT is that vegans ARE fighting against the cruelty
of factory farming and food additives and GMO tampering. We take it to the fullest and we choose to not be a part of the unconscionable suffering and needless violent deaths of animals. You just refuse to accept this and won't be happy unless everyone causes DELIBERATE animal suffering and deaths for their own selfish wants. It ain't gonna happen so you'd better get used to the fact that VEGANS are here to stay and there will continue to be more of us every day.

4:49PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

No, marilyn, the plant based does does NOT make "many" people sick. The Standard American Diet (SAD) certainly does though. Not everyone is a hypochondriac, and not everyone who learns of the countless health benefits of a plant based diet regardless of whether they choose it for themselves or not, spends all their time ranting about it. The FACT is that there are more VEGANS every day and there will continue to be more VEGANS. It is pitiful how this enrages some people so much that they spend every waking hour ranting about anyone who speaks of the benefits of being vegan.

Another FACT is that vegans ARE fighting against the cruelty
of factory farming and food additives and GMO tampering. We take it to the fullest and we choose to not be a part of the unconscionable suffering and needless violent deaths of animals. You just refuse to accept this and won't be happy unless everyone causes DELIBERATE animal suffering and deaths for their own selfish wants. It ain't gonna happen so you'd better get used to the fact that VEGANS are here to stay and there will continue to be more of us every day.

12:10PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

stop the murder of billions of innocent animals, GO VEGAN!!!!

10:52AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

The veg diet also makes MANY people VERY sick!
Choosing a diet based on a philosophy makes no sense. We eat to nourish our bodies, and we all have different nutritional requirements based on our genes and genetic medical conditions and limitations.

If SOME people can be healthy on a vegan diet for awhile, that's great....but it isn't right for everyone and many vegans can't even sustain it for long.

It seems to me that rather than wasting energy on trying to convert people to adopt a diet that may not be healthy for them, and making them sick.....the money, time and energy could be better spent in fighting against the cruelty of factory farming and food additives and genetic tampering.
Vegans eat soy and corn....both are mostly GMO now....and when you buy them, you're supporting Monsanto, which is the heart of factory farming.

11:43PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Go Vegans

2:44AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

interesting, thanks for sharing

8:27PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Great video. Watch "Forks over Knives" also..

8:14AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Saw the movie and it is pretty interesting and has a lot of good information - we should all know.

4:37AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

thanks

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