the fastest-growing-lifestyle in Britain,
particularly among teenagers. To help the process,
the campaigning vegetarian and vegan charity Viva!
has produced a new video, Food for Life, aimed
specifically at teenagers and their parents. It's
presenters are super-cool vegetarians Tina Landini,
from Channel Five TV's soap Family Affairs, and
mega-fit Gladiators' athlete Emmil Watson.
"The main reason
why young people become vegetarian is concern for
the way animals are kept", says Juliet Gellatley,
Founder & Director of the vegetarian charity
Viva! "But there is now overwhelming scientific
evidence that a vegetarian diet is one of the
healthiest possible so any decision to give up meat
should be supported and encouraged. Food for Life
covers most of the vegetarian issues and is a
superb and reassuring introduction for anyone
considering making the change."
Emmil takes Tina on
a voyage of discovery to meet different experts in
this documentary-style video. They include a doctor
of nutrition, an environmentalist, a zoologist and
veggie cookery writer Rose Elliot.
"The issue which
seems to worry people most - quite unnecessarily as
it happens - is health and nutrition so we have
given both great prominence," explains Ms
Gellatley. "The visual imagery of commercial
fishing and the way in which animals are kept is so
powerful that they speak for themselves."
Food for Life also
looks at environmental degradation and developing
world issues. The tone of the presenters is light
hearted and never preachy while the overall impact
of the video is to provide a convincing scientific
case for a vegetarian lifestyle. "It presents
powerful evidence of a failing world but gives
young people a truly positive message about the
actions they can take to improve things," concludes
Made by Tony Wardle
Productions in Brighton, it is 24 mins and costs
£6.99 (VHS PAL version) or £7.99 (NTSC
version) (p&p rates on order
Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8QH, England. Tel: 0117 944 1000.
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