Scott Jurek

Vegan athlete documentary 'From the Ground Up' lacks depth and focus

Vegan athlete documentary 'From the Ground Up' lacks depth and focus

The documentary “From the Ground Up” extols both the joys and the virtues of plant-based eating. Unfortunately, it feels exactly like being made to eat your vegetables. Director Santino Panico frames the film with his own experience as a former college football player who is training for the New York City marathon as a vegan. Mixed with the countdown to race day, he offers interviews with other plant-fueled athletes as well as the benefits of removing meat and dairy from your diet.

“From the Ground Up” approaches the issue from ethical, ecological and health angles. Experts weigh in, and football and soccer players, a weight lifter, a climber and ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek...

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