Natalie Portman credits “Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2009 best-selling book about the moral and environmental implications of factory farming, for converting her to veganism.
The Jericho, New York-raised actress has no illusions, though, that her new documentary adaption of Foer’s book will convert others.
As the producer and narrator of “Eating Animals,” Portman says she hopes the film raises awareness of industrialized agriculture without preaching or proselytizing.
Although the movie is clearly concerned with animal suffering — seen in footage of chickens with deformed legs and cows bleeding from udders — it also points out the environmental impacts of large-scale meat production, notably the water pollution and human ailments that have been linked to pig waste.
If “Eating Animals” offers a solution, though, it isn’t necessarily in widespread veganism or activism, it’s in supporting small farmers who treat their animals humanely and leave a relatively modest footprint on the Earth.
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