First, I just want to say – wow, yesterday was like whiplash after I posted and then everything blew up in my face for completely isolated reasons. But that’s irrelevant. I guess.
I’m trying to catch up with myself here – I’ve been reading so much and not writing as much, plus work is a lot at the moment. But I watched a documentary this past week called Forks over Knives. It’s about how horrible animal products are for people, basically. They made all kinds of correlations between health, age, diet, etc… and backed their claims up with things like evidence of how Asian cultures have adopted American eating habits in many regions that are now suffering in health like we are despite their notoriously clean history.
The doctors in the film were interesting characters and I was shocked to Google one and find out he is in fact living in my neighborhood in Cleveland. Then it made sense. I’m in a wealthy part of the city and right beside my old college, Case Western Reserve, where they have the Cleveland Clinic. Yeah, that makes sense.
While I was researching more on the topic and contemplating finding the book to read too, I was coming across a lot of interesting words and ideas. For example, fruitarianism. Eating only things that fall from plants – the perfect peaceful diet. Nuts, fruits. Limited, though. The reason why Apple is called Apple because Steve Jobs was practicing this diet at the time. It is possibly more akin to our natural diets than we realize, but it results in deficiencies. Another concept I saw is “forest gardening”, which supports the sustainable practices I was mentioning previously in my small farms rant. It combines more practical, natural settings to grow plants like the prairie studies are researching. And, finally, I found a phrase that I really enjoy: “environmental veganism”.
Environmental vegetarianism is the practice of vegetarianism or veganism based on the indications that animal production, particularly by intensive agriculture, is environmentally unsustainable. The primary environmental concerns with animal products are pollution and the use of resources such as fossil fuels, water, and land.
I’m a fan of that. And this documentary doesn’t stray far from that concept, although it primarily focuses on health of the human body. But I’m glad I already practice similar eating habits to those covered in the film. I’m glad I know my homeopathic remedies well. I find it silly to think we’ve “rediscovered” the power of plants when, realistically, we are just reinventing a wheel that mother nature made, we used, and then we subsequently forgot.