I watched Cowspiracy the other night.
I went into it with a healthy dose of skepticism, being an avid meat eater. I didn’t think I’d learn much past what I already knew, but was interested in what the documentary had to say. I use natural products, I don’t buy supermarket meat, I buy local, I eat healthily. I didn’t think it would change my outlook, but I wanted to see what people were talking about. I thought it was just another ‘eat less meat’ film. Nevertheless, I sat down that evening with a glass of wine and a curious mind. I never expected, 2 hours later, to have a whole new viewpoint and be considering a lifestyle that had never, ever featured on my radar.
Cowspiracy is a documentary film about the impact of animal agriculture on global warming. What I learned shocked me. I was…I am… a huge, vocal supporter of the ‘local meat’ idea, eating quality meat, and yes, eating a large quantity of it. I’m quite sure of my beliefs and ideas. It takes a lot for me to change my mind. And yet, in less than 2 hours, I’d given thought to an idea of a lifestyle that I’d not even considered before. I wasn’t considering vegetarianism, or cutting down on meat consumption.
No, I was seriously considering veganism.
Usually I’d be strangely embarrassed to admit that I’d made a U-turn in my thinking. Most of the people I know eat meat, dairy and fish with delight, enjoyment and without a thought, myself included. It’s just part of daily life. But I sent an immediate WhatsApp to my fellow meat-loving husband, shocked at the way I could suddenly admit that this may just be a valid choice for me. I’m as surprised at it as anybody. And I appreciated the fact that he took this message with respect and curiosity, rather than the ‘phhhp’ that I myself would probably have responded with only a day or two ago.
Just watching a documentary made me question the way I am living my life currently. It made me question my deepest priorities, shake my beliefs, open my eyes to a truth, and wonder if I could be strong enough to publicly make such a statement as changing my whole diet and lifestyle. Just how passionate am I? How much of a change am I prepared to make?
I need to consider the steps. Giving up meat…fish…dairy…eggs…all animal products. All products made from, or by animals. Leather shoes. Honey. Cake. Would I ever be able to manage that? Are my reasons strong enough? How would it affect my life?
I’m still thinking and processing what I learned. I’m researching and thinking of ways to change my lifestyle. I’d love to hear if anyone else has changed their lifestyle or diet in response to something that changed their mind. What challenges did it throw up? Has anyone else watched Cowspiracy or similar films? What is your opinion?