Cowspiracy Notes


Cowspiracy: The Film That Environmental Organizations Don't Want You to See [The Sustainability Secret] Animal agriculture is the most destructive industry facing the planet today. Here's why:

CLIMATE CHANGE

Global greenhouse gas emissions: 51% are due to livestock and their byproducts (13% are due to transport [road, rail, air, & marine]).

A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%.

Livestock is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions (a GHG [GreenHouse Gas] 296x more destructive than CO2).

WATER USE

Producing one hamburger uses 660 gallons of water (the equivalent of showering for 2 months).

The meat and dairy industry use 1/3 of the earth's fresh water.

Animal agriculture uses 55% of the USA's water; domestic use is 5%.

DEFOFESTATION

1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.

Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the Amazon forest.

Acres of rainforest cleared for palm oil production: 26 million.
Acres of rainforest cleared for animal agriculture: 136 million.

SPECIES EXTINCTION

110 animal and insect species are lost EVERY DAY from rainforest destruction.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of

  • SPECIES EXTINCTION
  • OCEAN DEAD ZONES
  • WATER POLLUTION
  • HABITAT DESTRUCTION

FISHERIES

90 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year.

3/4 of the world's fisheries are exploited [due to overfishing].

For every one pound of fish caught [in drift nets], 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as "by-kill."

28 billion animals were pulled out of the ocean last year, not giving them a chance to recover. Fishing is also destroying the ocean environment.

"If the oceans die, we die." (Captain Watson)

WASTE

A farm of 2500 dairy cows produces as much waste as a city of 411,000 people.

EVERY MINUTE 7 MILLION pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US.

LAND USE

1/3 of the land is desertified* due to livestock.

Livestock covers 45% of the earth's total land.

1.5 acres = either 37,000 pounds of plant based food, or 375 pounds of meat.

Land needed to feed 1 person for 1 year = 1/6 of an acre for a vegan, or 3 acres (18x) for a meat eater.

Rainforests are essentially the lungs of our planet, breathing in CO2 and exhail oxygen. An acre of rainforest is cleared every second, primarily for animal agriculture. A hundred species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

A person who follows a VEGAN diet produces 50% less CO2, and uses 1/11th the oil, and 1/13th the water and 1/18th the land compared to a meat eater.

Ban fishing and animal agriculture.

Notes from Movie

The Amazon could be gone in 10 years.

A lot of the people who really spoke out about animal agriculture were killed, like Sister Dorothy Stang. Over 1100 activists have been killed in the last 20 years just in Brazil. Environmental organizations are not telling us the truth about what is really going on. Diet, animal agriculture, is the problem.

For 1 gallon of milk, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce.

One $4 McDonald's hamburger actually costs $11. The $7 difference is made up by OUR tax dollars: subsisidies, etc.

Public lands are used for livestock grazing, so wild horses and burros, and preditors, like wolves, have to be gotten rid of; killed off from the air.

Meatonomics - hidden costs imposed on society by the meat industry, like health care, environmental damage, subsidies, damage to fisheries, and even cruelty. $414 million dollars. A $5 carton of eggs would cost $13. a $4 Big Mac would cost $11. The problem with these externalized costs being imposed on society is that YOU, even if you are a vegan, are paying for someone else's consumption of meat.

Al Gore, in his film, never mentioned the animal agriculture situation. This truth was too inconvenient even for him.

Animal Agriculture Alliance.

Howard Lyman was sued by agriculture for speaking the truth on the Oprah Winfrey show. Food Disparagement Law - unconstitutional - illegal to say something false about a perishable commondity. If you tell the truth today, you will be guiglty. If you cause a disruption of the profits of the animal industry, you are guilty under the Patriot Act.

Will Potter, author, "Green is the New Red." The animal agriculture industry is one of the most powerful industries on the planet. According to the FBI, animal rights and environmental activists are the number one terrorist threat. They are directly threatening corporate profits. One of the biggest industries on the planet trying to keep us in the dark about what they are doing. American activists are being targeted by the FBI.

The problem of human overpopulation. In 1812 there were 1 billion people on the planeet. In 1912 there were 1.5 billion. In 100 years our population exploded to 7 billion in 2012. 70 billion farm animals raised by humans.

Humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water per day and eats 21 billion pounds of food. The cowa drink 45 billion gallons of water a day and eat 35 billion pounds of food. It is not an overpopulation issue; it is a humans eating animals issue.

15x the protein can be produced on the same land as animal protein.

We are growing enough food to feed everyone easily. But instead of feeding starving children, we are feeding the food to animals who are then fed to well-off people in other countries.

Michael Pollan, _In Defense of Food-. "A plant-based diet is the most sustainable." Now, we are gorging on meat, milk, and cheese.

Movement of sustainable animal food producers in CA. b-gat.es/YrdxR3. 38:1 is energy conversion rate of chickens eating grain. For plants to replace eggs, it is 2:1. Trying to make the global egg industry entirely obselete. Omega Foods [plant-based dairy] takes 1/20th of the land and resources that dairy do.

Ethan Brown: Beyond Meat: Plant-based meat. To address climate change, human health problems, animal welfare, national resource conservation.

Vegans thrive. All the nutrients are in the plant kingdom. Milk is calf growth formula. There's nothing in it people need.

Being vegan, I save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft. of forest, 20 pounds of CO2, 1 animal's life in one day.

Dr. Will Tuttle. _The World Peace Diet._

The solution is to stop eating animals. It can be done today. Nothing has a larger impact on the planet than choosing to be vegan.

Compassion, integrity, kindness. The only way to live on this planet with 7 billion people is to live a plant-based vegan diet. Don't eat others, eat FOR others.

* Desertification

Desertification Desertification is a type of land degradation in which a relatively dry land region becomes increasingly arid, typically losing its bodies of water as well as vegetation and wildlife... Desertification is a significant global ecological and environmental problem.

The immediate cause is the removal of most vegetation. This is driven by a number of factors, alone or in combination, such as drought, climatic shifts, tillage for agriculture, overgrazing and deforestation for fuel or construction materials.

Desertification Home to a third of the human population in 2000, drylands occupy nearly half of Earth’s land area. Across the world, desertification affects the livelihoods of millions of people who rely on the benefits that dryland ecosystems can provide.

UN: Desertification Although desertification can include the encroachment of sand dunes on land, it doesn’t refer to the advance of deserts. Rather, it is the persistent degradation of dryland ecosystems by human activities — including unsustainable farming, mining, overgrazing and clear-cutting of land — and by climate change.... Causes: animals eat away grasses and erode topsoil with their hooves.

DESERTIFICATION OF ARID LANDS Desertification is a term that has been in use since at least 1949 when Aubreville, a perceptive and well-informed botanist and ecologist, published a book on "Climate, Forets, et Desertification de l'Afrique Tropicale" (Aubreville, 1949). Aubreville thought of desertification as the changing of productive land into a desert as the result of ruination of land by man-induced soil erosion.


Colby Glass, MLIS