When the veganism-pushing documentary Forks Over Knives came out on DVD two weeks ago, it became apparent that this movie would be 2011’s mass-hysteria answer to Food Inc. And it’s every bit as conspiracy-minded about the food industry.
The movie’s official website boasts that the documentary “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.” But such a laughable assertion deserves its own examination. (We couldn’t help but notice the filmmakers do not address the fact that a vegan diet can have serious health risks of its own, particularly for pregnant and nursing mothers.)
First of all, quite a few members of the documentary’s cast and crew have landed in our crosshairs at one point or another for being on the fringe. No vegan documentary would be complete without Neal Barnard, the founder of the PETA-linked “Physicians Committee” for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and author of multiple vegan self-help books. His good friend and fellow PCRM board member T. Colin Campbell is also a star. There’s vegetarian activist Rip Esselstyn, who wants restaurants to have meat-eating sections so that he doesn’t have to watch people enjoying their cheeseburgers. And then there’s Caldwell Esselstyn, who is Rip’s father and another advisory board member for PCRM.
That should be enough to convince most people that Forks Over Knives is little more than a PCRM propaganda piece. And yet, the filmmakers are already trying to get the Oscar buzz going.
Need more evidence that PCRM is a scam with a stethoscope? Check out our article “7 Things You Didn’t Know About PCRM.”