Not everyone knows that many of the largest and most recognized environmental organizations do not speak openly of the impact of meat production on the environment.
Cowspiracy is definitely the most interesting and challenging documentary I've seen in the latter period. It is an irreverent and independent counter-report. It has no fear, not even of the great and famous organizations (Greenpeace first) who claim to fight for the planet. Not everyone knows that many of the largest and most recognized environmental organizations do not speak openly of the impact of meat production on the environment. This is the point from which the authors started their search: " As a compulsive ecologist who blindly followed Al Gore, Greenpeace, Oceana and other associations, why do I see none of them talking about a real problem, something that emerges from FAO and many other major world organizations’ data? ". The reason is simple, or rather, old: money.
The good part of this documentary lies in the fact that all the data and the information are available on the internet: sources, info graphics, video clips. There is everything. Buti f you do not always understand the figures, the concern in the protagonist’s words and the guilty silence of all those who have not accepted to respond, speak for them. 51% of the global CO2 emissions come from breeding livestock and their by-products; a third of the planet's water is used for the production of meat; 110 species of animals and insects die out every day due to the deforestation to make room for crops of corn, wheat and soybeans to feed livestock.
The paradox is that you cannot produce enough meat to fulfill the global demand, seen the increase of the population and new food habits in the developing world. It is a double paradox, as there is not enough land to create fields to be cultivated to feed the billions of animals that, each day, are raised and killed in order to have meat, with a conversion rate expense/result that would be against any production logic, but that is functional to the largest businesses. We could produce food for 15 billion people, yet with this system hunger is still a leading cause of death worldwide.
No lover of the planet and of nature can continue to eat meat or fish: as mentioned above, there are no sustainable meat and fish because the conversion rates, even in the small/medium-sized farms are absolutely unbalanced . The oceans are now the first and most serious emergency: 90 million tons of fish are caught every day in the world and for every pound of fish caught, 2 kg of wild marine species are captured and killed in the nets.
Through interviews with experts and virtuous producers, the authors go in search of the secret of sustainability, to try to find out if they are long term alternatives to the current system of industrialized animal exploitation. A difficult and dangerous journey: in Brazil over 1,100 activists, in recent years, have paid with their lives for their battle against this massacre.
Again, I would ask each of you to have the courage to look carefully and critically this investigation and not to ignore the insights.