Cowspiracy is a crowdfunded documentary, that highllights the impact of intensive cattle farming, fishing and other animal consumption habits on the environment, using the world bank report from 2009 as a source, and the figures are mindboggling. 91% of deforestation and 51% of carbondioxide output is due to intensive farming. If the overfishing continues at this rate, oceans will be fishless by 1948. It is astounding that neither Al Gore, in his inconvenient truth, nor many of the big environmental movements mention these facts. Like pushing people to fix their dripping fawcets because but ignoring the hose that is on full force.The answers why this is not mentioned are unconvincing. Meateating is a habit so near and dear to people that they won't change it any way? Let's not confuse them? What could be the real reason? Is it perhaps, that many NOGO's fear losing their funding if they address this problem? Is the meat industry, in fact funding environmental NGO's itsself? The AAA, or American Aggricultural Association refuses to answer this question, but at least agrees to talk to the protagonist of this documentary. Greenpreace refuses to talk at all.
Up to here the documentary is very informative, but then some things start to become curious, such as why nothing is said about the dangers of genetical manipulatio when it is suggested to let people eat the corn and soy grown for cattle themselves. That is a very bad idea, since genetically manipulated roundup sprayed corn and soy are very carcinogenic. ( see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUd9rRSLY4A&list=PL-oic9lh6-NrpSsJ5s6rG2YseD7yGwXqT for further information on dangers of GM) further on the film seems to push a vegan lifestyle. But some animal products involve no animal cruelty at all, and in small scale farming they have no negative impact on the environment. The impact is even positive, since they help keep the soil healthy, which helps home grown crops to florish.
So what can be behind this?
It reminds me of the bad rap aspartame got when it became known how bad artificial sweeteners are for people's health. Sure, aspartame is horrible, but not more so than the many others that are still being used.
So why is the meat industry now allowed to be exposed? Could it be specifically becaus they are suspected of contributing to NGO's which expose the negative impact of fossil fuels and palmoil on the environment?
In the end, there is no excuse for any environmental destruction, or any animal or human suffering just for consumption. All things we need to live can and should be produced in an environmentally, human and animal friendly, or even environment, human and animal enhancing way, or it should not beproduced or consumed at all.
Cowspiracy part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hqrlMH5Pc
Cowspiracy Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7frOif37c
Infographic in metric system http://static1.squarespace.com/static/544dc5a1e4b07e8995e3effa/t/54e4d927e4b0aaf066abfcf0/1424283943008/Cowspiracy-Infographic-Metric.png
|Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret|
Movie Poster for Cowspiracy
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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary film produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. The film explores the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. Environmental organizations investigated in the film include Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, and many more.
The film was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo, with 1,449 contributors giving $117,092. This funding was 217% of their goal, and it allowed them to dub the film into Spanish and German and subtitle it into more than 10 other languages, including Chinese and Russian. Screenings are licensed through the distributor as well as on Tugg.
Cowspiracy won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 South African Eco Film Festival, as well as the Best Foreign Film Award at the 12th annual Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement.
We don't have to wait for the large environmental organizations to change, we can start today with our own lives. We can support the few (and small) organizations that actually do address the real problem with real solutions.
But if the industry or the Big Green, as we call them, Greenpeace and all those, if they do anything just to try to call things false or whatever, all it does is, it will blow up in their face because the truth will just come out that much faster and bigger.
You might even think twice before writing another check to Greenpeace or Sierra Club.
[Environmental] organizations are oftentimes supported by individual donors and I think a lot of these organizations are afraid of losing their donor base by addressing the fact that eating animal proteins is extremely detrimental to the planet. [Or,] it could be the fear of backlash from the industry and government.
[L]ooking to these [environmental] organizations to tell us the answers and what they’re doing about this, and to find out they're really not doing anything. You know, you go onto these organizations' websites and their mission statements, and they don't mention [what is] the greatest [cause of] destruction across the board.
The destruction caused to the planet by this one single industry (animal agriculture) is unprecedented. It's the leading cause of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones, the list goes on and on.
Notes on the documentary
Cowspiracy part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hqrlMH5Pc
2009 two advisors from the world bank wrote the World Watch Report
13% from all the cars , automobiles, planes and industries together
Raising live stock is responsible for 51%
Uses 1/3 of all fresh water
Occupies 45% of all earthś land
Is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the Amazon forest.(Oppenlander)
Leading cause of species extinction
Leading cause of dead zones in oceans
Leading cause of habitat destruction
13:13 CO2 emisions from livestock alone are more than the earth can handle.
Dr Will Tuttle
Environmental and Ethics author
Author Comfortably unaware
The Sustainability Institute
At Molloy College
Environmental and Food author
The Carnivores Dilemma
He thinks the reason for NGO’s to not address the live stock is that it will hurt their fund raising.
Kirk R. Smith, UCB
Professor of Global Environmental health
Says he talked to Al Gore about the methane issue with meat production and Al Goreś response was: It’s hard enough to get people to think about CO as it is. Don’t confuse them.
Whole foods market executive.
Thinks that NGO’s don’t want to upset a whole new group of people
18:07 Greenpeace head quarters San Francisco David Barre
Was not available, even after two months of trying
PR person promised people would talk to him
18:52 Sierra club Bruce Hamilton, does not address the issue either.
20:51 Green Peace declines.
US produces 53000 of farm animal excrement per second.
21:36 Oppenlander 500 nitrogen flooded dead zones in the world.
95000 square miles of area’s devoid of life.
Dr. Chad Nelson Surfrider Foundation
23:45 Lisa Agabian
Fishless oceans from 2048
24:24 28 billion fish pulled out of the ocean in one year, is more than can reproduce.
Oppenlander 24:43The Oceans are in complete collapse
For every pound of fish caught there is five pounds of non targeted fish killed, also whales , turtles and sharks.
50 million sharks a year killed in fishing nets as by kill.
25:43 Fish are counted as sustainable, while they are killing extra sharks, the by kill is not counted.
25:57 If we really were concerned about sharks we would ban fishing.
26:11 Oceana says the best way to help fish is to eat fish
Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless, Ted Talk
100 million tons of fish are eaten a year, and for every pound of fish, five million pounds of wild fish are taken out of the ocean.
27:06 Dr. Geoff Shester Oceana California Program Director
30: 13 Lisa Agabian, Sea Shephard : There is no such thing as sustainable fishing
30:27 Michael Besancon
Whole foods market executive.
Fish is not a sustainable protein source for the world population.
30:52 Lisa Agabian
“If our oceans die, we die.”
31:00 the only eco system being destroyed at such a rapid rate are the world’s rain forests. An acre of rain forest is killed every second, the size of a football field,
31:30 every day 100 plant- and animal- and insect species are lost due to rain forest destruction.
The leading cause: grazing animals and grow their food.
Rain forest Action Network, Sede, San Francisco
31:48 Lindsay Allen, executive director of RAN
Agriculture not mentioned on their website as leading cause for deforestation
32:27 palm oil 26 million acres of rainforest
agriculture 136 million acres of rain forest to this day
32:48 RAN mentions Palm oil, pulp and paper, coal, tar sands
Leila Salazar Lopez, Amazon Watch, program Director
33:41 Amazon rain forest could be gone within the next ten years
35:16 She names agriculture as the leading cause. Cattle grazing and soy production is particular.
36:18 a lot of people speaking up got killed. Like Dorothy Stang (36:62)
36:48 Sister Dorothy Stang
37:13 Over 1100 activists have been killed in the last 20 years in Brazil.
37:40 Again Green peace says they won’t help
38:06 Will Anderson, Green peace Alaska founder, Former board of Directors green peace. Frustrating that environmental organizations refuse to address the main issues.
39:16 Ann Notthoff, Natural Resources Defence Council, California Advocacy NRDC
39:36 2009 World Watch Report is the report he bases his research on ( see https://www.worldwatch.org/files/pdf/Livestock%20and%20Climate%20Change.pdf)
13 % transportation, 51 % agriculture
150 billion gallons of methane a day, cow farts
130 times more excrement than humans
41:33 Eric and Monica Markegard, and their four children. 51:51 Raise grass fed cows, 11,7 acres a person needed
46: 42 Demosthenes Maratos
The Sustainability Institute At Molloy College
It takes 23 months for a grass fed animal to grow to the point that he is slaughtered
Grain fed it takes 15 months
Grass fed is more unsustainable than even factory farming.
47:24 Marcus Benedetti President Clover-Stornetta Dairy
John Taylor, Bivalve Organic Dairy,
Cows eat 64-70 kg a day, 30 to 40 gallons of water, 20 to 30 tons of grains per week.
51:10 it takes a thousand gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk
51:16 Allan Savory Almost a third of the planet is in danger of becoming desert because of live stock grazing. Savory claims that the way to solve this is to graze more animals. 51:50 he also claimed in the 1950’s that desertification in Africa was to be blamed on elephants, and convinced the governemnet to kill 40.000 elephants.
Cowspiracy Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7frOif37c
After 14 years of relentless slaughter, the conditions got worse. His theory was wrong.
0:45 Deniz Bolbol American Wild horse preservation campaign
2;09 Anderson (former Greenpeace Alaska) wolves killed off for cattle
2:37 insistance and lobby of agriculture industry.It goes all the way to congress
4:00 David Simon , Lawyer, Author “Meatonomics”
If externalized costs woulf be internalized meat and dairy prices would sky rocket.
By externalizing these costs, meat eaters and nin meat eaters are paying the costs for meat.
4;48 Wenonah Hauter
Food and Water Watch
Talks about political power of meat industry
5:16 Is that why Al Gore fails to mention, meat industry as main contributing factor to carbon emission.
5:38 silencing environmental groups?
5:51 Greenpeace will not agree to an interview, but agriculture animal alliance will. One of the buggest livestock lobby groups in America
6:00 Emily Meredith, Animal Agriculture alliance
7:41 interview suddenly stopped when interviewer asks if AAA ever donates to NGO; s like Green peace.
7:52 Howard Lyman Former California Rancher, spent 45 years of his life in animal agriculture.
8:38 When I was on the Oprah show we had the food disparagment law which meant that it was against the law to say something which you knew to be false about a perishable commodity.
9:37 then he was acquitted, because he was telling the truth, but if he had said the exact same thing today, would be found guilty, because saying anything anything that causes disruption in meat profits is against the law. Your guilty under the patriot act
10:15 Will Potter, Journalist, Author, “Green is the new Red”
The Animal Agriculture industry is one of the most powerful industries in the world.
10:35 Environmental and animal activism is the number one terrorist threat according to the FBI, because they are directly threatening corporate profit. There are many attempts to keep people in the dark about what they are actually doing.
Because of the freedom of information act he found out that everything he does is being monitored by the FBI.
Considered dropping the project, but decided the stakes were to high. All life on earth.
13:27 Some blame over population.
1812 1 billion
1912 1.5 billion
2012 7 billion
13:34 A bigger problem is the 70 billion farm animals people raise.
13:41 The human population drinks 5.2 billion gallons of water every day, and eats 21 billion pounds of food. But just the world’s 1.5 billion cows alone drink 45 billion 13:54 gallons of water a day and needs 135 billion pounds of food.
Itś not a himan population issue. It’s a meat eating humans population issue.
14:23 Dr Will Tuttle We grow enogh food right now to feed 15 billion people. We only have 7 billion people.
Yet we have a billion people starving every day.
World wide, 50% of the grain that’s being grown is being fed to animals.
14:39 Oppenlander 82% of the worldś tarving children are growing up in areas where the food is being fed to livestock, which is being fed to people who are more well off in the developed countries such as the US, Europe and the UK.
15:08 there would be more than enough food for every human on the planet if the food that was being grown for feeding animals was given to humans.
15:25 Oppenlander You can grow on average 15 times more protein on plant based soures than on animal sources in any given area of land.
15:37 Will Tuttle:
16:02 Lyman: any place that can grow animal food can grow human food.
16:14 Michael Pollan There is no way to support nine ounces per person per day, which is the amount of meat Americans are eating today. If the Chinese alon would want to eat that much, we don’t have enough world to produce the grain to feed all the animals needed to produce that much meat.
17:37 Two ounces a week, including dairy, is sustainable. Like back yard farming.
17:41 Bill Phillips, back yard farmer
75 pound bag of seed , that will last two weeks.
21:15 sustainability, 100-1, is not sustainable either.
22:14 saved chicken
22:32 David Phinny Animal Place, Northern California
23:13 succesful alternative animal food producers, funded by big names like Bill Gates. (23:15)
23:12 Joel Tetrick
Meat, energy conversion ratio 38:1
Plants 2:1 as opposed to 38:1
23:54 John Schindler 1/20th of the land and resources that dairy takes
24:15 Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat, Plant Based Meat
Howard Lyman: you cannot be an environmentalist and eat animal products.
25:38 Dr. Michael A. Kaper Physician True North health centre. Vegan for 35 years.
16:12 no one should consume dairy. Purpose of dairy is to turm a 50 pound calf into a 400 pound cow as quickly as possible.
30:15 John Jeavons, farming innovator 216000 mmore people are born every day.34000 acres of farming land needed a person
30:36 to feed someone solely on a vegan diet , you need 0,7 acres
For a vegetarian diet with eggs and dairy, you need three times as much, 2,1 acres
For a meat based diet 18 times as much land is needed.
You can 37000 pounds of vegetables on 1,5 acres, but only 375 pounds of meat.
31:00 the comparison doesn’t end with land use.
Vegan diet produces have as much CO2, uses i/11th the amount of fossil fuels, 1/13 the amount of water, 1/18th the amount of land.
31:18 you have the choice every day to save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forest, 20 pounds of CO2, 1 animals life.
31:27 Will Tuttle World Peace Diet If we all would go Vegan, everthing would be solved.
32:09 Richard Oppenlander: switching to solar energy takes 20 years and 18 trillion dollars, we don have that much time. Stopping eating animals can be done today
See also Earthlings, the single most powerful and informative documentary about society's tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibuQ-J04eLQ
And see also https://hannekevanveghel.wordpress.com/author/hannekevv/
Here , in the comments, it is said that enough food for 14 billion people is already being made today
To be fair, also a blog from a cattle farmer
This is a very good documentary to understand how corperations work: