I love documentaries! They are a very powerful and entertaining way to learn something new and challenge old ways of thinking. If you are not a series serial or are just looking for some thought provoking TV time, Cowspiracy is a groundbreaking option.
The new cut exclusively available on Netfilx was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio follows environmental awaken Kip Andersen and award-winning filmmaker Keegan Kunh in a journey that uncovers the main cause of destruction of our planet and investigates why Government and Global Institutions are complacent about it.
UN research and environmental experts reveal that animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution. It is also responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry. Plus, as it that was not enough, it is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill.
What is mind blowing is the fact that the industry goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
I just would like to highlight the fact that during the making of this documentary the filmmakers were not trying to support a diet or were trying to build a case, the aim of this production is to offer a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
I also would like to say that I am the black-sheep of my family. My grandfather has been raising cattle for more than 50 years and my Dad’s business is to produce cheese.
See below some eye-opening facts:
- HUMANITY -
82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock.
Throughout the world, humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water and eat 21 billion pounds of food each day.
Worldwide, cows drink 45 billion gallons of water and eat 135 billion pounds of food each day.
- GREENHOUSE GASES -
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
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.
Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
- WATER -
Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today.
1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
- LAND -
Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction
- WASTE -
A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
- OCEANS -
For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
- RAINFOREST -
Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction.
1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
HOW DOES YOUR FOOD CHOICES IMPACT THE PLANET:
A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater.
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.
Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year:
Vegan: 1/6th acre
Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan
Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan
More astonishing facts and links for the researches and studies here:
PS: I love my Granddad and Dad very much #itsajourney