CSU, Chico News

Documentary Offers Solution to Health Care Crisis

Date: 09-07-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Robert Jones
Department of Philosophy

California State University, Chico’s Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE) kicks off its fall film series with a screening of the controversial documentary “Forks Over Knives” (http://www.forksoverknives.com/). The screening will be on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7-10 p.m. in Performing Arts Center 134 on the CSU, Chico campus.

The filmmakers argue that the cause of the majority of diseases afflicting Americans is food-related. Condemning our current meat- and dairy-centered diets, the film makes the case that a plant-based diet can best maintain health and can even reverse some diseases. What is the evidence for such claims? If true, what are some of the social and ethical implications of such claims?

A Q&A with experts, including Lauren Ornelas with the Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), will follow the screening. Ornelas is an animal rights advocate and the founder and director of F.E.P. Based in Santa Clara County, the project took a close look in its own backyard to determine how easy it is for communities of color and low-income communities to have access to healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as alternatives to meat and dairy products.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about CAPE visit http://www.csuchico.edu/cape.