This documentary is among the most impacting ones I´ve ever watched. It is all so clear, it´s so obvious, why is nobody doing anything about it? Cowspiracy addresses an issue that many organizations worldwide (Greenpeace, WWF, Oceana) do not want to talk about.
But why wouldn´t they if it is THE MOST climate change driver? Why not? The answer is sad and simple at the same time: because they´d lose many of the regular money contributors!
Is it burning of all the fossil fuels like we are being told all the time? No doubt, burning fossil fuels contributes to a great extend, but what is it that puts by far the most pressure on our mother earth??
It´s animal agriculture! A report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) in 2006 Livestock´s long Shadow , estimated that 18% of the world´s greenhouse gas emissions are attributable by animal agriculture. In comparism: the whole transport sector combined, meaning trains, cars, planes, boats and trucks “only” contribute 11%!
A more recent study by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang published by the Worldwatch Institut in 2009, revises this 2006 report of the FAO and comes to the conclusion that “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.”. THIS IS INCREDIBLE! More than 50% of all anthropogenic emitted Greenhouse Gases go back to the raising of cattle, including the food production, water consumption, packaging process, transportation and others!
COWSPIRACY was made by two dedicated Americans, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. They they try to find out more about this alarm raising facts published by the UN´s FAO as well as other papers by renown scientists and organizations. They try to interview the big global environmentalist organizations like WWF, Greanpeace etc and encounter that this is a topic that no one wants to talk about even though it is the main driver of climate change. How can that be?
On their journey to find out what´s behind this they meet inspiring people, honest humans, visit places and finally find themselves at a point, where they are not sure, if they should continue this documentary. Clearly there is real power in this whole issue and billions of dollars involved. If Kip and Keegan continue investigating and unfolding the truth behind the meat market and industry some people might want to stop them doing it. They decide to go on with this movie and crowd fund it (their funding has been cancelled due to their uncomfortable questions and the matter they were addressing). I personally want to thank these guys deeply – this movie is a milestone for myself and I will try to make as many people watch it as possible!
It comes down to the fact, that we all can help. We all can make a change. It´s in our hands – in each one of us lies the solution. STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROBLEM BY CONSUMING MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS! THERE ARE SO MANY ALTERNATIVES! There isn´t enough space on earth to sustain the way we are living in westernized countries. It´s never to late to change – start taking action now!
This movie has to be shown on schools and everywhere possible to understand the rat tail this whole process has – on the water resources, on the rainforest all around the world, on our wildlife, on our oceans, on our air, on our health! It´s not about the rising population nor about a protein shortage – it´s about the wrong distribution of resources and our ignorance! There are so many studies, the solutions right before our eyes and yet – many of us refuse to see them and act!
Howard Lyman, a former cattle rancher of the US and featured in this documentary, worked 45 years in the animal agriculture and was accused of the Food libel law or Food Disparagement law (a totally sick law existing in 13 states of America – basically facilitating the prosecution of people criticizing the meat industry in public) that states, it is illegal to make accusations that harm the meat industry, even though they are facts backed up by scientists! In an interview in the documentary he brings it down to the point:
“If you still eat meat and dairy products, don´t call yourself an environmentalist!
You can change the world ….. you must change the world!”
Tom is an award-winning fulltime photographer and filmmaker specializing in conservation imagery & film, photojournalism, and promotional tourism work. His scientific background as a Marine Biologist is a strong asset in creating appealing imagery and environmental storytelling. Tom has won several awards and his films have been screened on film festivals throughout the world and his work has been published in dozens of articles in international magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Bild der Wissenschaft, Welt am Sonntag, Diver, Tauchen, Fiji Airways Inflight magazine, and more. In 2017 he launched www.tomvierus.com for a wider portfolio and business requests. Tom is based in Suva, Fiji Islands and shares his workload between environmental assignments and promotional tourism work throughout the Pacific.
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