Films to Skip on your Holiday Break

December 13, 2017 10:00 AM
Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance says there are some movies you can avoid this holiday season, and be none the wiser.

The holiday season is upon us, and I hope you’ll have some time to relax and connect with your family. With the cold weather outside many of us turn to blankets and a movie for entertainment this time of year when we have a break. While there are lots of great movies from this year you should definitely watch, 2017 also brought us a few new anti-agriculture films you can skip right over.

What the Health – From the makers of “Cowspiracy,” this film is full to the brim of crazy claims about meat, poultry and eggs. Some gems include that eating an egg is the same as smoking five cigarettes, pregnant women who eat animal products are introducing toxins to their child and that milk contains pus. For a full roundup of the film and links to some good sources debunking it, check out this post from the Alliance blog

Okja – No matter how desperate you get for something new to watch on Netflix, avoid this one. It’s the story of a young girl raising a “super pig” (a genetically modified pig produced by a large corporation) who becomes her best friend. Major themes in the film include negativity toward large companies, extreme displays of animal rights activism, humanization of animals and consumer distrust of food production.

The Last Pig – This documentary premiered in April, but won’t be available for public screenings until next year. It’s about a hog farmer who decides to stop farming and become a vegetarian (and later a vegan), though he must slaughter the titular “last pig.” The documentary’s website includes a section on why you shouldn’t eat pork and another promoting vegan diets.

It wasn’t all bad in 2017, though. Food Evolution, a documentary examining the controversy surrounding GMOs and food, is one you should definitely watch if you have a chance. It analyzes how misinformation, confusion and fear can impact consumers and their choices.

The Alliance has movie overviews prepared on these and many other films, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line at for more details. Happy Holidays from the Alliance to you and your family!

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Spell Check

Chicago, IL
12/13/2017 05:16 PM

  This article was written by a bunch of Roy Moore toilet drinking morons. Looking at the "other" sides views helps to educate people and understand their fallacies. We farmers don't call it Mon-Satan because it's a company that does goodwill toward mankind, they live behind patents, lawyers and lobbists, none of which are known to bring about good things. Liberals are wrong with their way of thinking that GMOs hurt people, they are simply genes spliced out of one plant into another. However, those genes allow chemicals to be sprayed that are produced by the same company that gave us Agent Orange but tried to cover up it's misdeeds. Since very few, if any, chemicals have even more than a few decades of research behind them, it's pretty hard to say everything is safe, since time has a way of disproving original beliefs. The consumer should also understand that it cost a heck of a lot more to grow food than what they want to believe, but governments need fat and happy people that won't revolt. Hungry bellies are a sure bet for political unrest and processed food is way cheaper to produce.

Palmyra, MI
12/14/2017 07:35 AM

  Jack, I'd like to disagree with you. But unfortunately, I am in about 90% agreement with you. Spot on point: If you don't even attempt understand the other side, you have no chance and no basis to even communicate with them, other than yelling talking points at each other. You don't have to agree with them, but if you don't even consider their concerns, you can't address their base motivations. This goes for all sides in all issues. We will have to disagree on the "simply genes spliced out of one plant into another" part though. I don't think splicing (misnomer: more like performing brain surgery with a dull axe than splicing) a gene from a flounder fish into a strawberry is exactly splicing genes from one plant to another. But that is a subject for a different forum. Other than that, you're dead on.