In recent years, the interest in veganism has grown steadily, as people become more aware of the ethical and environmental implications of consuming meat or animal products. According to a survey run by Veggly for over eleven thousand participants, an impressive 36% of participants, accounting for more than four thousand users, chose documentaries on veganism as one of the most significant influencers in their decision to adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. This result establishes documentaries as the second highest influential factor overall on our survey, highlighting the profound impact that these films have on individuals’ choices regarding their dietary habits. This number emphasizes the power of visual storytelling and the ability of these films to educate and inspire those who are interested in becoming vegan.

Whether you’re already a vegan or just curious about the lifestyle, documentaries can provide valuable insights and inspire change. The following list contains some of the most popular and thought-provoking documentaries that shed light on the different aspects of veganism.

1. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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“Cowspiracy” delves into the environmental impact of animal agriculture, exposing the industry’s contribution to deforestation, water depletion, and greenhouse gas emissions. The film exposes the influence of the meat and dairy industries on environmental policies, serving as a wake-up call. This eye-opening documentary challenges our perceptions and encourages us to consider the consequences of our food choices, inspiring people.

2. Vegucated

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A good option for those who prefer to avoid graphic imagery, “Vegucated” follows the journey of three meat-loving New Yorkers as they embark on a six-week vegan challenge. The film takes a lighthearted yet informative approach, addressing the challenges and rewards of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. One of the key strengths of “Vegucated” lies in its ability to shed light on the harsh realities of factory farming and animal cruelty without being overly graphic. By presenting a balanced perspective, the film strikes a chord with viewers, evoking empathy and prompting reflection on the ethical implications of consuming animal products. It tackles issues such as factory farming, animal welfare, and personal health.

3. Earthlings

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Narrated by the famous actor Joaquin Phoenix, “Earthlings” is an emotionally impactful documentary that analyzes the different ways humans exploit and mistreat animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment

The film raises thought-provoking questions about our relationship with animals and the moral justifications for using them as commodities. It aims to create awareness and empathy by showcasing the emotional and physical pain endured by animals in various industries. By exposing the harsh realities, “Earthlings” invites viewers to reconsider their perspectives and make more compassionate choices.

However, It’s important to note that the documentary does not shy away from showing disturbing and unsettling scenes of animal suffering, which can be emotionally challenging to watch for some viewers and for this reason may not be suitable for everyone.

4. Forks Over Knives

At the core of “Forks Over Knives” is the idea that chronic diseases, such as diabetes, can be prevented or reversed through dietary changes. The documentary examines the connection between animal product consumption and degenerative diseases, mixing scientific research and personal stories to advocate for a plant-based diet as a means to improve health.

5. The Game Changers

“The Game Changers” deconstructs the myth that consuming meat is essential for athletic performance and strength. Through the stories of elite athletes and scientific studies, the documentary showcases the potential benefits for athletes of adopting a vegan lifestyle, presenting evidence that plant-based nutrition can provide enough protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for athlete performance, emphasizing their potential benefits for energy, endurance, and muscle recovery. Along with that, the film also explores the health advantages of for the general population to adopt a plant-based diet.

As our survey results show, documentaries have the power to educate, inspire and influence our choices when it comes to becoming more informed to adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. They offer unique insights into the world of veganism and a deeper understanding of the impact of our food choices.

It’s important to remember that each documentary has its own style and approach, so choose them considering the amount of graphic content and emotional intensity you may be able to handle. And if you’ve already seen all of the ones we mentioned, take this chance to explore new titles. Your perspective on veganism and the world may never be the same again.

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