It might seem a little out of the blue, but this week instead of our usual posts about traveling and the Gay Stuff ™, we would like to talk about something a bit different that’s also close to our hearts. Namely about a movie we’ve recently watched called “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”. It’s a feature-length documentary about the impact animal agriculture has on our environment and it caught our attention for many reasons.
Cowspiracy uncovers the most destructive industry on the planet today, and investigates why organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
In the movie, Kip Andersen (one of the filmmakers) travels the US, visiting huge organizations like Oceana, Greenpeace, Amazon Watch, Sierra Club or Rainforest Action Network, trying to make them admit that the biggest environmental problem our world faces is caused by animal agriculture. The way Andersen does it kind of makes you feel sorry for the organisations, when they get more and more confused with their own lies. Between the interviews the movie shows many facts & infographics about these issues. It neatly connects scientific facts with a great story, easily catching the viewer’s attention.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of water consumption, deforestation and pollution in the world. It’s responsible for more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation industry, and is the primary cause of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss and ocean ‘dead zones’.
The worst part is : no one talks about it. The media remain silent. We are told to take shorter showers, close the tap while we brush our teeth, change the light bulbs to something more economic, use bikes and public transportation instead of cars, but the huge organisations (who claim to care about environment) are keeping their mouths shut about the actual problem.
Leaders of the environmental movement refuse to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs get hurt (sometimes even killed) for trying to speak up.
The movie introduces many shocking facts, some of which you can find below:
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the exhaust from all other means of transportation COMBINED.
Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption.
5% of water in the US is consumed by private homes. 55% of water in the US is used for animal agriculture.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
1/3 of the planet is desertified, because of livestock.
A farm of 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
In the US 130 times more animal waste is produced than human waste.
As of right now, 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. If we continue at this rate, the oceans will be fishless by 2048.
For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species (like sharks and coral reefs) are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Rainforest & Wildlife
Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction.
1,100 Land activists have been killed in Brazil in the past 20 years.
Ten thousand years ago, 99% of biomass (i.e. zoomass) consised of wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that we raise for food make up 98% of the zoomass instead.
70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.
80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.
82% of starving children live in countries where food is given to lifestock instead, who are then consumed by people from western countries.
1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food. 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.
Cowspiracy is an amazing source of many, many facts and research. It also introduces a completely different point of view when it comes to saving the environment: a cease in meat eating is way more effective than just taking a bike to work, taking shorter showers or closing the tap. It is, in fact, the best way of saving the Earth and it costs nothing. On the contrary, it saves quite a lot of money!
We’ve been vegetarians for a while now, but just recently started to slowly switch to a vegan diet. This movie certainly helped to convince us to go vegan even more. Now we are very motivated to make a change not only in our own lives, but also in the environment. Now we know just how much good it can cause. We also want to share the movie’s message with others; trying to convince anyone willing to listen to stop consuming meat or at least try to reduce the amount of it.
Please, go and watch this movie. Show it to your friends, family, co-workers. Share this post on social media. Do something.
You can change the world.
You must change the world.
All the graphics and info comes from Cowspiracy’s Offical Website