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<a href="http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/149159/" target="_blank">http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/149159/</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">First shoes, and now a film.<br>
Oscar winner Natalie Portman, one the worlds most famous vegans, may be cooking up a documentary on the topic, several years after launching a line of <a href="http://www.forward.com/articles/12534/" target="_blank">animal-friendly shoes</a>. The Black Swan star reached out to author Jonathan Safran Foer about her interest in making a very personal documentary inspired by Eating Animals, a book partly about Safran Foers own dietary decisions, which Portman said made her go vegan.<br>
Safran Foer revealed his conversation with Portman on a <a href="http://www.natalieportman.com/npcom.asp?page_number=149&news_id=5762&comments=1" target="_blank">French website last year</a>, but the conversation is only now getting picked up among the actress English-speaking fans.<br>
For both Safran Foer and Portman, recent Jewish history plays a role in their moral view of eating. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalie-portman/jonathan-safran-foers-iea_b_334407.html" target="_blank">In a Huffington Post piece</a>, Portman writes that shes often reminded that Hitler was a vegetarian, while Safran Foer writes <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/hillel/news/archive/?id=6001" target="_blank">in his book</a> about his grandmothers desperate search for food during the Holocaust.<br>
My grandmother survived the war barefoot, scavenging other peoples inedibles, he notes. In America 50 years later we ate what pleased us. Our cupboards were filled with food bought on whims, overpriced foodie foods, food we didnt need. Eating was carefree. My grandmother made that life possible for us. But she was, herself, unable to shake the desperation.<br>
Portman made <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/natalie-portman-drops-vegan-diet-pregnancy/story?id=13349964#.TwX75XqrH5w" target="_blank">headlines</a> last spring by temporarily abandoning veganism while pregnant with her first child, Aleph, who was born in June. (The actress didnt go whole hog, so to speak, in dropping her normal diet although she consumed eggs and dairy products, she remained a vegetarian.) But, with the prospect of this film, it seems her conviction remains strong. The prospect of a Portman-made documentary is surely an exciting one for the writer, who has seen the Hollywood adaptation of his most recent novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely lambasted since its release last month.</div>
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It would be easy to just pick at Natalie Portman's recent inconsistency, but I'm choosing to look at the positive here and focus on the good side of this.<br><br>
In a world of people who happily chow down on bacon and wear leather without thinking about it I'm thrilled that Portman and Safran Foer are trying to make a difference and help animals. If this documentary helps raise awareness about important issues and gets even a few people to go vegan I'm all for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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