Green spotlight: Cowspiracy

^^^a pic of cows that I took in Wyoming


A goal of mine is to use my blog as an outlet to spread sustainable behavior and tips. So I’ll be doing some reviews on ‘green things’ – whatever I think I know enough on that could maybe encourage a reader or two to learn something or become a little more environmentally friendly.

My second spotlight will be on an environmentally focused documentary – called Cowspiracy.


What it is: Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret (2014)

I know, it has a silly name. My guess is they did that to have a ‘different’ name that stands out. I think it’s a little corny, but I didn’t let that turn me off and I’m here to say you shouldn’t let it turn you off.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a documentary about the animal agriculture industry. It dives into the ins and outs of the business of growing, raising, and slaughtering of animals for consumption, and how corrupt it is.

Blurb from IMDB:
‘Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.’ Felt like that was pretty honest.

What I like about it:

This documentary has stuck with me more than any other documentary I’ve ever watched. I honestly learned so much about something I was very ignorant about… because the animal agriculture industry is really an unjust, corrupt industry.

I’ll share an excerpt from their site: ‘Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.’

This fact, reinforced through facts and interviews in the documentary, really helped me grasp the magnitude of the problem.

3 facts I learned:

1. “Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.” A fact that I learned, and was probably ignorant about before. More than all transportation COMBINED! I know this is something up for debate- whether animal agriculture is the leading contributor vs. fossil fuels. I’m not sure if we’re going to have a scientific consensus anytime soon. Regardless, the data shows the impact that animal agriculture has.

2. “Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.” That’s uhhhh.. a large amount of water, ya know?

3. “Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.” Animal agriculture destroys by: clearing forests and converting land, using pesticides and chemical fertilizers to produce feed crops, exploiting wild species through commercial fishing, and so on.

Why you should watch it:

Cowspiracy is eye opening in the best way. It has convinced me to eat far less meat (I am not a vegetarian, yet at least), and in the last few months/year I have basically given up red meat/anything that comes from a cow completely. I stray away from pigs as well and mainly stick to chicken and turkey. And I have guilt around that!

It’s hard to change your behavior, the habits you’ve had for years. But educating yourself is the only way to grow and make the world a better place, and I think most people who watch will at least feel inspired to make a change or two. So my spotlight on Cowspiracy won’t be long: I suggest taking an hour and a half and watching this documentary with a grain of salt, because you’ll learn a little bit about the animal agriculture industry. Fin.

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