HOPE What You Eat Matters Documentary


Many are motivated to become vegan out of compassion for animals. Some embrace plant-based diets for better health. Others want to contribute to a sustainable environment capable of ending world hunger. The great thing about veganism is no matter what originally drew you in, you are supporting three worthy goals.

A clear and accessible case for the three pillars of veganism may be found in H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters, a new 93-minute vegan documentary written and directed by Nina Messinger, an Austrian author and filmmaker.

Messinger embarks on a journey through Europe, India and the U.S. to investigate the consequences of our diet. She interviewed a number of experts, including Dr. Jane Goodall, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., and psychologist Melanie Joy, Ph.D.

Medical experts believe that the dependence on animal nutrition has contributed to a “tsunami” of deadly diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Many people adopt a lifestyle based on animal nutrition succumb to “mindless cravings” despite available nutritional knowledge. For example, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, believes that a plant-based diet can prevent the progression of heart disease and reverse its effects. Professor T. Colin Campbell is a biochemist specializing in the effects of nutrition on long-term health and one of the lead scientists with the China-Cornell-Oxford Project on the relationship of nutrition and cancer. He notes that casein, the main protein in milk and cheese, promotes all stages of cancer growth.

Of course, the disastrous impacts of animal agriculture extend beyond individual health. Profit-driven corporations have infiltrated government and academia to promote meat-based agriculture, despite its damage to the soil, water and air, contribution to world hunger and the destruction of our means of subsistence. Animal agriculture has already destroyed approximately 20% of the largest rain forests in the Amazon basin and is a catalyst for climate change.

Finally, there’s the issue of compassion. Most meat comes from factory farms, and the unspeakable, inhumane horrors associated with this industry are even more shocking when juxtaposed with footage of joyful, happy cows, pigs, chickens and other “farm animals” who thrive as loving, engaging beings when permitted to live without exploitation and abuse.

Jane Goodall believes that “once we admit that we humans are not the only beings with personalities, minds and feelings, once we realize that we are part of the animal kingdom, how we treat animals becomes quite as important as how we treat each other. So only when we show respect, consideration and concern for other living beings can we imagine a world more peaceful than it is today.”


So if you ever doubted that what you eat matters, watch the documentary free here:


If you are already a believer, share it with a non-vegan friend.

Eric Baizer