Learning Together By Watching Movies

by Candice lepage

As a B Corporation, Flow is committed to measuring more than only our profit. We also measure our impact on our employees and co-workers, and on our community and the world. Some of our measurements including counting staff hours donated to causes, measuring our travel and trying to increase our active transport and limiting waste by buying bulk as a team.

We’ve been trying to find some new ways we could have an impact on our environment and decided that as a group, we needed some education. We considered a book club, but that’s a big commitment, so instead, we began a movie club.

Movie clubs get together and watch a film as a group and then discuss it afterwards. Very similar to a book club, but the investment in time is weeks less ;-) And thanks to Netflix Canada, finding documentaries is easy, it’s just deciding which one to watch.

We got together a month ago, armed with 4 different options of films. We chose none of them. One of our team, April, was about to begin a 30 Day Vegan Eating challenge. We were talking about some of the challenges she was having finding the foods she needed and wanted and decided that it was a topic which interested us.

What We Learned

So we chose to watch the film Vegucated, which we thought would be funny since it followed 3 meat eaters through a 6 week vegan eating challenge. It began pretty funny and light hearted as we watched those 3 people be introduced to eating kale and cashew cheddar and bean brownies. You could see their eyes light up when they learned that Oreos are vegan.

Ratatouille in a clay potHowever, of course, there are always compassionate, social and environmental reasons to limit or remove meat products from your diet.

The film took a necessary ugly turn as it described the injustices animals suffer in an industrial meat farming system.

The film also talked about the environmental concerns. Beyond the commonly shared, and giggle inducing, methane emissions from cattle that are fed grains their bodies can’t process, there are also pressing concerns with animal waste.

In some places drinking water sources become contaminated with the run-off from meat farms. There is also considerable trucking that happens to move animals and meat products around the country and continent.

How We Took Action

Since we’ve watched the film, one of our team has taken an indefinite break from eating meat. Now we have two team members eating meat free and we thought it was a great opportunity for us all to start being more aware of how our food choices affect our environment. We are going to begin measuring how often we have meat-free meals and recognize the impact that has on our environment.

Learn more about how the agriculture industry contributes to our global greenhouse emissions with this study. And keep in mind that the average cut of steak, according to American data, travels about 2400 kilometres before getting to your plate!

We live in Southwestern Ontario and at this time of the year we have an amazing bounty of fresh vegetables, some from our own backyards!

We are also starting a recipe exchange program to find new and tasty ways to have a low impact, meat free meal. Here is Mary’s mexican lasagna recipe she found in the Looneyspoons cookbook. It’s delicious! 

Do you have a favourite meat free meal? Share your recipe with us too.