Nina Messinger, born in 1980 in Lower Austria, has been a speaker and trainer on health issues focussing on nutrition, exercise and mental coaching since 2006. In June 2011 Smaragd Verlag published her first book, Du sollst nicht töten! Plädoyer für eine gewaltfreie Ernährung (Thou shalt not kill! A plea for non-violent nutrition).
From 2012 to 2015 Nina Messinger dedicated her time and energy to making her first documentary, H.O.P.E. – What You Eat Matters. She founded her film production company FME Media and interviewed leading experts in Europe, India and the US to document the effects and consequences of the typical Western Diet.
A few words about my film
My hope is for a world where people can grow old in health. I dream of a world in which we respect and preserve nature, where all living beings are granted their right to life and physical integrity. I dream of a peaceful world in which compassion, caring, respect, dignity and love are cherished.
H.O.P.E. is my attempt to get one step closer to this world by making one conscious and important decision every day: what to eat or not to eat. This decision will not only be of uttermost importance for our health, it also decides the destiny of countless animals and impacts the extent of man-made environmental destruction, slowing it down or speeding it up.
My wish is for this film to reach as many people as possible and show them the short-term and long-term effects of our eating habits. Hope for All has a message: it is up to every single one of us! We can make a conscious choice what to (not) eat and thus turn the downward spiral of food-related diseases, environmental destruction, world hunger, brutal exploitation of animals, distribution conflicts, wars, and refugee crises around and into an upward spiral of positivity for the benefit of all.
It may seem like small steps and seemingly meaningless little decisions, but combined and practiced on a regular basis they hold the potential to unleash an enormous power. Every single one of us – no matter how old or young, rich or poor, strong or weak, can be part of this unleashing.
Our future lies in our hands and on our plates!