A new award-winning plant-based documentary wants to create awareness about the importance of a whole food, plant-based diet.
H.O.P.E (which stands for Healing Of Planet Earth) What You Eat Matters - features Austrian author and filmmaker Nina Messinger, as she goes on a journey through Europe, India and the US to investigate the consequences of our diet.
A number of experts were interviewed for the documentary, including Dr. Jane Goodall, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, surgeon, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., and psychologist Melanie Joy, PhD.
The film reveals the serious consequences the typical Western diet is having on animals, the planet, and human health.
According to the production team: "Half of the population in Western society suffers from being overweight. Cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and cancer are epidemic.
"Our meat consumption has quintupled over the past 50 years. 65 billion land animals are being slaughtered every year for food consumption.
"One third of the global grain production is fed to animals for fattening while 1.8 billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and starvation."
You can watch the film online for free
During her journey, Nina Messinger meetings with leading experts in nutrition, medicine, science, and agriculture, as well as with farmers and people who have recovered from severe illnesses, simply by changing their eating habits.
Messinger says: "The film's deeply distressing images and moving stories make a clear case for a plant-based diet that is not just a short-lived lifestyle trend but provides a solution for preserving our entire world.
"The movie serves up a stunningly simple, yet comprehensive solution – right on our plates. Changing our eating habits will rebalance not just our health, but the planet itself."
The film has received positive feedback from some high profile figures.
Musician Paul McCartney said: "This important film highlights the choices we must make to help protect this planet and all its inhabitants."
Top plant-based physician Dr. Neal Barnard added: "This film can save your life. Take its lessons to heart, and take control of your health."