The Meatrix – the truth about meat and animal products

meatrixWhen I was a teenager I read an article about intensive farming of pigs.

The article made me cry and every day I used to think about those pigs being inhumanely treated.

Trouble was, ham and bacon were two of my favourite things to eat.

Ones conscience has a habit of gently tapping away at you, however, and a few months later I gave up eating all pig products.

Soon after that I gave up meat altogether.

Now, after 20 years I’ve started eating chicken again. I felt my body needed it, wanted it, craved it and the Universe kind of presented me with what I needed:

I found locally reared, organic, free range chicken. Humanely slaughtered on a farm I could visit.

It tastes great and means I can lower my food air miles. Eating local chicken just once a week involves less transportation than lentils and rice from several thousand miles away.

But should I ever get tempted to go for a ‘cheaper option’ (which I wouldn’t but ya know) then the Meatrix reminds me what I would be voting for with my money.

In this excellent video below, Moopheus invites Leo the pig to take the red pill in order to learn the truth about where meat and animal products come from.

If the film inspires you to rethink your meat and dairy eating habits, here’s what you can do to join the sustainable food movement:

EAT Less Meat – Meatless Monday!

Going meatless even one day a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

BE informed

Buying sustainable food is important, but we can’t shop out way out of our broken food system.  In the UK, sustainweb advocates agricultural policies that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment and enrich society and culture. Over in the US, Food and Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

DINE at sustainable restaurants

Type in your zip code at Eat Well Guide to find restaurants and more near you. For the UK, check out the Sustainable Restaurants Association directory.

SHOP locally

I covered 8 ways to find local, seasonal food the other week. Talk to your local farmers at markets and shops to learn about their growing practices; spend your money where it will go back into the community.

JOIN your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA provides a direct link between a local farmer and you. You pay the farmer at the beginning of the season which helps them financially, and they provide in-season, local produce throughout the growing season. In the UK, you’ll find all you need to know over at the Soil Association. In the US, Local Harvest has a searchable database.

GO to a food movie

Last week I shared my top 8 movies that had inspired me to make changes. Watching a film can be a great motivator.

Try Food Inc
What’s on your plate
Fast Food Nation

King Corn
The Real Dirt on Farmer John