I just finished watching Cowspiracy, and it’s incredible eye opening documentary. You would never wonder that animal livestock is such a problem. I knew before animals are raised in a bad environment, but I never thought that agricultural business is the number one problem for the planet earth.
What is Cowspiracy about?
Cowspiracy is a latest vegan documentary. Producers of Cowspiracy are vegans, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. The whole project was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo. 1449 backers managed to raise 117,092$, and that was more than enough to make this documentary that lifted massive hype on the media. Even many environmental organizations like GreenPace refused to give an interview. That’s how huge is the animal production business.
- Greenhouse Gas Emission
18% of greenhouse gasses is from animal agriculture, and that is more than from all transportation. And we hear every day on mainstream media that cars are polluting the earth, but we never hear anything about animal agriculture.
Animals byproducts and whole livestock business produce 32 000 million tons of Carbon Dioxide per year which is 51% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. And still, nobody talks about this on mainstream media and we know that people only listen to what they see on the big box on the wall.
- Methane Problem
We are aware that cows fart and produce massive tons of methane waste. And methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20-year period. And cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day. Now tell me where does that methane go?
- Water Problem
Animals that eat significant amounts of grain requires large amounts of fresh water. Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually. Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US. 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. 5% of water consumed in the US is by private homes. 55% of water consumed in the US is for animal agriculture.
So many facts given by Cowspiracy documentary just hits you in the brain. Who would think animals would drink more water than humans? Who would believe there are so many animals? But every omnivore can do the math for himself. If a cow needs 15 months to grow fully and give around 300 kilos of meat, then how many cows do I eat per year. In U.S. 127 kilograms meat was consumed in 2007, and I am sure this number is now even larger. Basically, one cow is enough for two people. At the moment the USA has almost 320 millions of people. That means there are 160 million of cow eaten every year. Can you imagine where all those 160 millions of cows are grown? How much of a land is required to produce 160 millions of cows that will be eaten every year?
- Land Occupied by Livestock
If we remove land covered by ice, Artic, and Antartic, there is 1/3 of the land covered by livestock or livestock feed. 45% of the earth is covered with livestock. You know that livestock operations on land created nitrogen flooded dead zones? Not only this dead zones are on land but as well in oceans. And nothing lives in these dead zones. These dead zones are toxic to all life. One cow uses around 2 -5 acres, now multiply that number with 160 million cows, and you get an approximate number of acres used by cows.
- Animal Livestock Waste
Waste is an enormous problem with livestock. You can’t really clean all that waste from so many cows on the proper way. The animal waste is an ecological bomb. A mediocre farm with 2500 cows produces a waste as a city with 411 000 people. And we have estimated there are 160 million of cows raised every year. And if you do the math you will see that 160 millions of cows will produce a waste like 26 billions of people. Who are we kidding? We know overpopulation is problem and reduction of human population will help the problem, but the biggest problem is the animal industry. How will earth look like if we remove animal industry? How will Earth look like without all that waste produced every year?
Not only land is dying because of waste, but also oceans are dying. 3/4 of the world fisheries are depleted or exploited. There are estimations that fishes will be gone by 2048, that’s in 3 decades. The fishing business is also the problem for the oceans. But the main problem is animal agriculture, waste from all those cow farms is flushed into the ocean and that why there are more ocean dead zones than before.
- Rainforest Destruction
Amazon is getting destructed by animal agriculture. It is estimated that 91% of the Amazon is destroyed for animal livestock grow. Every second 1-2 acres of rainforest is destroyed. That is the main reason why some species will go extinct in a couple of years. And it is not because human population is raising, I mean that is one of the problems, but the more important problem is that people are addicted to chewing meat.
Animal agriculture cleared 136 million of rainforest acres. Livestock and feed crops are the leading cause of rainforest destruction.
- Killing Wildlife
Predators are killed every day to protect livestock. Wild horses will get extinct because they occupy land that could be used for growing artificial meat. 98% of biomass today make humans and animals that we raise for food. Only 2% of the total biomass are wild animals.
Open your eyes and try to learn your body to eat plant based food. If you are not willing to do it for your health, nor for the love of animals, then do it for the planet earth. By meat chewing, you contribute to the problem. And not only you hurt yourself and your offsprings but you are directly hurting humanity. 80% of the antibiotics is used for livestock, no wonder there are many super bacterias resistant to antibiotics.
We are currently growing enough food for 10 billion people, and we can’t feed 7 billion? The problem is that majority of this food goes to livestock. At least 50% of world grain is fed to livestock. And things get to be even more sick, 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western nations.
Meat industry and meat advertising nutritionists are saying you need meat to get proteins. That is a big lie said to you by evil people. You can grow 15x more proteins on the same land with plants rather than with animals. And for the end I will tell you that every day 228 000 new babies are born, most of them are omnivores who will just add up to the problem.
Humanity needs to change, or in few years we will feel real consequences. And this consequences may come faster since President of the United States is not at all concern about the environment. He says global warming is the myth. And this can only give a boost to the people to keep on consuming more meat and increasing this environmental problem.
If all of this written above will not make you watch Cowspiracy documentary then maybe Leonardo Di Caprio will. Leonardo Di Caprio is executive producer of Cowspiracy. He has brought the Cowspiracy to the Netflix.
Leonardo Di Caprio Conspiraci (Leospiracy)
Now there is another conspiracy going on about Leonardo Di Caprio. We can call it Leospiracy. Leospiracy is made by mainstream media. Yes, the same mainstream media who does not wish to talk about the facts that are stated in the Cowspiracy because if they do that, then that will hurt the meat industry. Instead, they are bashing Leonardo Di Caprio diet. Some anonymous chef from some unknown restaurant which we will for sure not mention because it is not worth to mention a piece of shit restaurant that trash talks famous celebrities and what they have eaten. It won’t be surprised if Leonardo Di Caprio never visited that restaurant let alone eat what they describe he ate. Mainstream media try to put Leonardo Di Caprio to the focus, because if they can discredit him, then the whole documentary will lose the weight. I hope Leonardo Di Caprio stays strong and fabulous as he is.
I hope I have hooked you to watch Cowspiracy documentary and learn more about this issue. There so much more I didn’t cover in this Cowspiracy review, so please take a look and maybe you will see the world with different eyes.