New vegan documentary draws connections between Amazon deforestation and animal agriculture

Yvonne O'Halloran

Takeout, a new vegan documentary produced by filmmaker Michal Siewierski, musician Moby, and philanthropist Peter Eastwood, was recently made available on Amazon and iTunes. The film takes a look at last year’s Amazon forest fires and increasing deforestation in Brazil, arguing that meat consumption is a big factor in these two things.

Siewierski felt that the media failed to properly report on what has happened to the Amazon. “Mainstream media coverage of the catastrophic destruction of the Amazon doesn’t paint the full picture,” he said. He wants his feature-length documentary to “show how the choices we make about what we eat and consume thousands of miles away directly impact the rainforest.”

One factor the film explores is that Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef. As a result, Takeout seeks to reveal the damage that eating meat, corporate greed, and political corruption all do to the ecosystem.

Siewierski didn’t come to all of these conclusions on his own. As such, the film features interviews with a number of scientists, politicians, and activists. This list includes Neal Barnard, MD, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, former congressman Henry Waxman, and Adriana Charoux of Greenpeace.

Takeout is currently available to rent or buy on iTunes and Amazon.

Article by Tessa Altman- United States

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