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'What the Health' Inspiring Netflix Viewers to Go Vegan

Since What the Health? hit Netflix in June, the word vegan is on everyone’s lips. According to Google Trends, searches for the term have been steadily increasing for the last two months -- which means tons of people are trying to learn more about a plant-based diet.

In recent weeks, singer Ne-Yo, Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick, and Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams have publicly talked about their decisions to go vegan, thanks in large part to the new documentary. “I’ll never go back to eating like I used to,” Williams told ESPN.

For those who haven’t seen the film, it ties the consumption of animal products to the leading killers of Americans, including heart disease, many types of cancer, and type two diabetes. It follows filmmaker Kip Anderson as he uncovers the shocking truth about many of the leading disease prevention organizations and their financial ties to animal agriculture.

The Seed Food & Wine Week team was on site at the What the Health? premiere in LA in June, and the buzz has been growing ever since. Anderson and Keegan Kuhn also created Cowspiracy (also available on Netflix), which blew the lid off the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture. Together, the two are helping millions of people see the benefits of a plant-based diet.

As Anderson told Compassion Over Killing: “Animal ag or Animal Rights, whatever angle you wish to see it or call it, is perhaps the single greatest human rights issue we have ever faced in the history of mankind. The reason for this is that it is so pervasive through everything we are as humans; from the environment, to our health, to our spiritual development. When we as a species move past this monumental frontier of ascending to a vegan lifestyle, all of humanity will benefit from this, perhaps more than any other single thing we can do.”

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