Earth Voice Food Choice DVD
Earth Voice Food Choice Manual
By Todd Winant
Earth Walk Publishing
P.O. Box 4315
Look out, Al Gore! Todd Winant is right behind you. He's determined to complete the equation that has one major concept you completely ignored in The Inconvenient Truth, the devastating pollution of the planet by animal agriculture. Winant's Earth Voice Food Choice DVD began the same way as Al Gore's production, a slide show presented to numerous audiences. It has evolved into a multimedia-enhanced presentation that focuses on the effects of our food choices on the environment and human health.
The film and handbook are part of Winant's Earth Voice Food Choice Project to inform young people about healthy eating habits and assist school food service workers in providing more plant-based meals. As Winant says, "This project lays the foundation for students to develop a lifelong understanding and commitment to healthy living and encourages students to take charge of their health and the future of the Earth by making conscious food choices."
The video opens with a display of the beauty of our planet and then proceeds to reveal how humans are impacting that beauty by destroying natural resources. The culprits that are completely ignored in Gore's academy award winning film are chemical and animal agriculture that have a negative impact on the environment, the economy, human health, and world hunger.
It doesn't take long for Winant to present his message on the Earth Voice Food Choice DVD, just 39 minutes, enough time to make his case that we all need to work together to prevent the destruction of our world. Extra features on the DVD include Winant's brief film Heart Disease on how the heart is impacted by diet and a short presentation on the Healthy School Lunch Program featuring a number of children speaking in support of the vegetarian path. Additional extras are two brief videos chronicling the exploits of Greenpeace and three films from Farm Sanctuary rated for mature audiences because they depict graphic scenes of animal slaughter.
The Earth Voice Food Choice Manual is designed for use by teachers, parents, food service personnel, and young people. It not only presents factual information to support a plant-based eating option, but it also shows how to take action to bring healthier foods to schools. It includes news articles that can be reproduced, sample letters, handout literature with titles like "Young People Who Want to Change Their Diet!" and "O.K.! Now What Do I Eat?" Sample letters to principals and teachers explaining the Earth Voice Food Choice Project are also presented.
A large section of the manual features 100 vegan recipes, most designed for schools and institutions. Many are from Jennifer Raymond who teaches healthy vegan cooking and nutrition throughout the U.S. Her recipes are usually zero or low fat. Others come from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Vegetarian Resource Group. Everything from Pita Pizza to Applesauce Cake is available for young people and adults who want healthier options.
Todd Winant is to be admired for his dedication to creating a healthier and more humane environment. Earth Voice Food Choice, an invaluable multimedia video/handbook, is an ideal way to start bringing this message to both young people and adults and encouraging their involvement to stimulate a mass movement toward positive change.