Discover the biggest issue in conservation today. This companion to the documentary Cowspiracy explores the impacts of the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet: animal agriculture.
The award-winning documentary Cowspiracy presents alarming truths about the effects of animal agriculture on the planet. One of the leading causes of deforestation, greenhouse gas production, water use, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, and a host of other ills, animal agriculture is a major threat to the future of all species, and one of the environmental industry’s best-kept secrets.
The Sustainability Secret expands upon Cowspiracy in every way. Journey with authors Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn as they discover one shocking statistic after another and interview leading businesses, environmental organizations, and political groups about the subject of animal agriculture and its disastrous effects. Extended transcripts, updated statistics, tips on becoming vegan, and comprehensive reading lists provide an in-depth overview of this planetary crisis and demonstrate effective ways to offset the damage through personal dietary choices.
Firmly rooted in science and supporting research, The Sustainability Secret reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact of the meat and dairy industry and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population
|Publisher:||Palace Publishing Group, LP|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Kip Andersen is the executive director of Animals United Movement (A.U.M.) Films & Media—a nonprofit dedicated to producing films and media promoting sustainable, compassionate, and peaceful living. He is the co-director of the groundbreaking documentary film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
Keegan Kuhn is an award winning documentary filmmaker, video producer, and professional musician. He runs First Spark Media, a video production company tailored to creating videos and films for non-profit organizations and conscientious companies. He is the director of Turlock: The Documentary, Something To Be Thankful For, and co-director of the groundbreaking environmental film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
Chris Hedges is a cultural critic and best-selling author who was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. He reported from Latin American, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was a member of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.
Read an Excerpt
To feed a person on an all plant-based vegan diet for one year requires just one-sixth of an acre of land. To feed that same person on a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy requires three times as much land. To feed a person on the average diet eaten by an American citizen, with high consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs, requires eighteen times as much land.
This is because you can produce 37,000 pounds of vegetables on one and a half acres, but only 375 pounds of meat on that same plot of land.
The comparison doesn’t end with land use. A vegan diet produces half as much carbon dioxide as an American omnivore, uses 1/11 the amount of fossil fuels, 1/13 the amount of water, and 1/18 the amount of land.
After adding all this up, I realized I had the choiceevery single dayto save:
Over 1,100 gallons of water
45 pounds of grain
30 square feet of forested land
The equivalent of 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
And one animal’s life.
Every. Single. Day.
Table of Contents
Chapter OneA Journey Toward Truth
Chapter TwoWater: An Infinite Resource
Chapter ThreeHappy Farms: ”I Love AnimalsThat’s Why I’m in the Meat Business“
Chapter FourFactory Farms: Standard Industry Practice
Chapter FiveOceans: The Circulatory System of Our Planet
Chapter SixRain Forests and Biodiversity: Sawing off the Branch We Stand On
Chapter SevenActivists, Governments, and Corporations: Shutting Down a Movement
Chapter EightEthics, Dairy, and Eggs: Choosing Life Over Death
Chapter NineHealth: Skip the Middle Animal
Chapter TenVeganic (Stockfree) Agriculture: Feeding a Growing World
Chapter ElevenTransforming the World, One Meal at a Time
Recommended Reading and Viewing List