Forks Over Knives suggests that eating milk and meat causes chronic degenerative disorders. Somehow it leaps over a fact – that chronic degenerative disorders are new but eating milk and milk are as old as human kind.
This movie seems meant to “look like” an anti-establishment documentary, but it is a disaster in terms of offering anyone a “whole” view of food.
The movie appears to show the difference in health between cultures that eat meat and drink milk and those that don’t. But it leaves off the many cultures that have subsisted without diseases by living entirely on meat and/or milk (Eskimos, Mongolians, etc.) A plant based diet is crucial but Forks Over Knives omits that eating meat or drinking milk from grass fed animals IS eating a plant based diet. It’s why people can live only on such food and never eat vegetables.
But what Forks Over Knives even more oddly leaves off, given that it is allegedly a documentary exposing what people have not been told about food is that there are two kinds of meat and milk. There is milk and meat like human beings used to consume and there there is milk and meat coming from CAFOS (confined animal feeding operations) which are toxic – where the animals are loaded with antibiotics and hormones, and are eating a diet of grains which is a very abnormal diet for them, and grains that are genetically engineered and heavily exposed to pesticides. They are also eating slaughter house waste – parts of other animals ground up into the feed, a source of Mad Cow disease.
THAT is the meat and milk sold in supermarkets that the movie is comparing to vegetables, but without ever saying so. To be honest with the public, the movie should say we are comparing health results from eating vegetables to eating meat and milk heavily loaded with drugs, toxins and GMOs that do not even meet the definition of food which is why the food industry have gotten it redefined as “stuff.” Director Lee Fulkerson is comparing apples and oranges, or more specifically actual food to “stuff.”
The issue is what is in the meat or milk, not meat or milk per se.
The corporations are going to love this movie (did they help in its production?) because they want to get rid of farm animals as it is. Why? 1. Because farm animals are central to sustainable agriculture/organic farms) and Monsanto and industrial agriculture are doing all possible to get rid of them. 2. Because without organic farms, there would be only biotech crops (there goes the value of a plant based diet) with pesticides and chemical fertilizers that lack the essential nutrients provided by manure, and TOTAL control of meat which they hope to produce in labs.
This film does not talk about what industrial ag has done to make meat and milk literally dangerous to eat or who did that or what would happen to farm animals needed, at a minimum, to provide manure for crops. Getting rid of farm animals would be the death of farming, but the movie doesn’t touch on that either. Vandana Shiva says the cow is “the keystone species for agro-ecosystems” and offer free energy and fertility. The movie suggests food from farm animals is dangerous to humans, omitting the cycle of life involved, the exchange of nutrients, the wondrous reality of what animals provide for meat, milk, vegetables, and soil. Let us not forget how crucial their contribution to soil which is the very basis of food being nutritious and healing. All missing from the movie.
A quick comparison to foreign diets, a quick report on how sick American’s are, “outrage” (real? or “documentary mimicking”?) that people don’t know how they can be well, and the upshot – you are responsible for your own health – you just need the facts.
But facts about the toxicity of American food are left out. How non-educating. How focused away from the corporate degradation of food and health. How convenient for getting rid of independent ranchers selling grass fed meat, or of hog farmers trying to stay in business raising animals away from confinement pens, and of local raw milk dairies.
How is it if milk is so toxic, that families are specifically seeking it out to heal their children of Crohn’s disease?
And why didn’t the film mention that pasteurized industry milk contains the Crohn’s bacteria (in addition to pus, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs) which is killing hundreds a year in the US? Or that Crohn’s is new, and related to farm animals raised under terrible conditions? Again, the indictment should be only of industrial milk, not milk and its wonders.
Milk that harms?
“Publishers Note: Dear readers the following letter was mailed to me from Lila Streff of Streff Ridge Farm Goat Dairy in Custer South Dakota. I find this letter to be one of the most critical letters to the editor I have received in years and highly recommend you read it in its entirety.”
This movie promotes a continuation of people’s fractured view of nature and food, not understanding that all food is incredible and healthy, and it is solely what industry has done to it in the last 50 years that has made it dangerous and disease causing. An all meat diet or all milk diet are complete diets – you wouldn’t need to eat one more thing – because the animals raised on grass provide nutrients from the plants they eat. Eskimos never ate vegetables yet were fine because they ate whales who fed on algae and other greens in the ocean.
Not to put too fine a point on wondering whether industry was involved in this movie, Michelle Obama is in it, and given Obama’s close connection to Monsanto, that’s a red flag right there. While she was planting her PR-staged organic garden, he was appointing Monsanto and pesticide and biotech people to every possible food and trade position.
This movie could help the companies undermine sustainable farming which depends on animals. And it’s not as though vegetables are an answer to health in any case because Monsanto has genetically engineered vegetables waiting (and with them, extreme amounts of pesticides, having already gone after grains and oils. If they succeed in getting the vegetables on the market and getting rid of organic farms, vegetables will also be worthless for health.
This is not to say that a vegetarian diet can’t provide people benefits but human kind has been eating meat and drinking milk for thousands of years without a problem. So, the question is why are they suddenly causing chronic degenerative diseases? What has changed? Does the movie mention that as of 1996, thanks to Clinton and Monsanto, GE-corn was planted in the US? Since then, over only the next 10 years, diabetes went up 90%. Does the movie mention that corporate meat and milk all have genetically engineered hormones in them, which are associated with weight gain, or that GE-food is directly associated with diabetes? Does it mention GMOs at all? It would be odd to leave them out since they are the biggest change to “food” in the history of mankind, and with most impact on meat and milk.
The movie provides cherry picked information (distorting the true picture), leaving off what the food industry and industrial ag and the pharmaceutical industry have done to food and suggesting, as corporations and the government do, that this is a case of individual responsibility not an issue of corporate greed and malfeasance as the whole population is being misled so they will eat things that they wouldn’t if they knew what was in them.
The upside is that the movie can become a farce in which people can start seeing what never gets mentioned – what industry did to meat and milk – and to have people wonder who it serves. Also, perhaps people rushing to the safety of vegetables will notice that while most have not been genetically engineered yet, without farm animals there’ll be no real farms, and there’ll be only GE-vegetables. Then there’ll be nothing that offers health.
Perhaps the “seems like a” documentary will stir up a storm of outrage over its never mentioning that meat and milk are contaminated by industry, and that grassfed animals have produced healthy food for billions of people for thousands of years. Suddenly it’s no longer safe. Why? Who screwed with it is the question.
Vegetarian is great if people seek it for moral reasons or cultural reasons but notice that while Indians eat a vegetarian diet they revere the cow for its manure (and urine) and keep animals on their farms. Here, because Americans are so distanced from farming and the reality of food, we have a terribly fragmented view nature. So, if we don’t eat animals, then who needs them?
We all do. We can’t live without them. But who will protect farm animals when ignorant vegetarians are being taken in by such distorted information and are then are passive as massive multinational corporations are out to get rid of them (even using harmless diseases as scares) and farming?