One of the goals at Muncie Voice is to share progressive and alternative views with the citizens in our community.
The vegan lifestyle has been receiving much attention in the past several years. According to the Vegetarian Resource Website:
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, as well as being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons.
We’ve shared several stories on Muncie Voice, including Kenneth and Lisa Long from Ft. Wayne who have transitioned into a vegan diet for health and ethical reasons. Prompting Kenneth to make this change was watching the food documentary, Forks Over Knives. According to Kenneth, it took little convincing of his wife Lisa to start their new lifestyle.
The critically acclaimed documentary was released in 2011 and highlighted clinical research on the connection between meat-based diets in our culture to increased levels of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. A study was conducted in China showing a strong correlation with the introduction of meat to a predominately vegetarian culture.
The documentary has caused many discussions among health leaders as our obesity rates have climbed to epidemic levels both in adults and youth. Over 32 % of kids in the United States have been classified as obese. Projecting out to 2024, the levels of obesity rises to over 40%. Furthermore, as the scientific evidence puts forth, many of the diseases in Western culture are preventable and the costs to treat them have become a very large part of our state and federal budgets. Hospital visits for surgeries and expensive pharmaceuticals are becoming the norm instead of the exception.
In order to bring this public health discussion to a local level, Muncie Voice has purchased the license for the documentary, and in collaboration with the Muncie Public Library, there will be a 2:00pm public viewing of the film on Saturday, July 14th at the Kennedy Branch on 1700 W. McGalliard Avenue, Muncie, IN 47304, followed by what should be a lively discussion from participants.
A brief introduction will be given by Dr. Susan Clark-Muntean, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ball State University.
A poster for the event can be found at: Forks Over Knives Poster.