Planeat is a documentary that explores the impact of various food choices – specifically, the American diet. When I was first approached about Planeat, I figured that it would be like all of the other food-related documentaries that my wife and I have watched over the past 6 months (we’ve watched over a dozen so far). However, the focus of this documentary is much more broad than the others that we have watched.
Here are my thoughts about this DVD.
As the narrator points out, food is an important aspect of our lives. It is usually the way we interact socially, it affects us physically, emotionally, and as a result of all this, our relationship with food has taking our society to a dangerous place.
The objective of this documentary is to display a diet that is “good for our health and environment, as well as for the future of our planet”. The film accomplishes this by cycling the viewer through various aspects of our relationship with food to drive home their point.
We are introduced into the kitchens of various chefs making tantalizing dishes using plant-based foods. We meet doctors who have found links between diet and the leading health problems in our society today such as heart disease and cancer; and finally, we meet experts who show us the impact our food choices have on the environment.
The interjection of the various chefs and their creations serves to amuse the viewer, deflected them from the overall “preachiness” of the message. Plants = good, animal proteins and dairy = bad.
Planeat Review – Final Impressions
Planeat seems like a decent source as a primer, or to ‘whet the appetite’ (pun intended) to further research into a plant-based diet. Despite the good information, the lack of focus in the documentary served as more of a distraction than the graceful potpourri of perspectives for which it was intended. If each facet was given more time, especially the environmental focus, I think it would have benefited greatly.
Overall, I would recommend this documentary to someone who is looking for an introduction into the benefits of plant-based eating. It definitely supplies the viewer with useful information to make a decision about the role diet should take in their well-being. For someone who has moved beyond a general sense of intrigue, there are more in depth resources out there.
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