The Food For Thought Film Series kicked off last night with the first film at UWEC, Forks Over Knives. The movie shed light on the remarkable abilities whole foods and a plant-based diet can have on degenerative diseases.
Forks Over Knives follows two doctors on their separate but similar paths to promote and prove that food can be medicine, that eating a whole foods plant-based diet can and should be used as treatment for degenerative diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and different types of cancer. The film illuminated the preconceived notion that animal-based foods are essential to the human diet, a message embedded in our society for generations. With careful examination of the research conducted by Dr. T Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Forks Over Knives exposed the harsh realities processed food and an animal-based diet have on the human body.
Before viewing the film, people gathered in the Council Fire Room in Davies to enjoy some delicious free food provided by Hillview Farms, Just Local Food, Foodlums, Haas Brothers, Castle Rock, and Blugold Dining & Sodexo. With full bellies and eager ears, the audience waited and watched as Forks Over Knives challenged our society's beliefs about food. After the film finished and the screen turned black, a variety of Guest Speakers took the stage for a panel discussion. The discussion continues on the film's website ForksOverKnives.com.
The Food For Though Film Series is presented by F.R.E.S.H. in partnership with UWEC- Student Office of Sustainability, Sustainable Stout, and the Ally Center. To join in on the food and fun, check out the Food For Thought Facebook page, where you can find the film schedule and additional information!