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Natalie Portman’s Documentary ‘Eating Animals’ Exposes Factory Farming

Factory farming is exposed in new documentary, “Eating Animals”.

Most of us know Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman by her work on film. We’ve seen her in “The Professional”, the “Star Wars” franchise, and “Black Swan.” But what many might not know about her is that she is a dedicated animal rights activist.

Portman is not only a known animal rights activist, but also a vocal environmental activist as well.  Her new documentary, “Eating Animals”, explores the inner workings of factory farming.  This documentary also discusses plant-based alternatives to meat.

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This project originally came about after Portman read “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This best-selling book came out in 2009 and compelled Portman to create a documentary based on it. Regarding Foer, she said, “He… is writing letters to these companies producing the meat saying, ‘Can I see how the meat is produced because I want to know whether to feed it to my kids or not.’ Which is, you know, if you called Welch’s grape juice or Lay’s potato chips, they’d take you on a tour of their factory. And it’s completely closed, the meat industry, you cannot see behind the curtain. It’s because (the conditions of the factory) would be appalling to any of us.”

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And regarding pollution caused by factory farming, Portman said, “It’s the number one contributor to pollution, more than cars. I mean if you care about the environment, you should care about factory farming and, you know, changing farming practices. The people who used to do it well, the real farmers, the American farmers, salt-of-the-earth people, are not being supported. And it’s a really corporate system that’s pushing them out and creating a very inhumane way of creating our food.”

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You can see “Eating Animals” in select theaters now.

 

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