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‘Cowspiracy’ exposes truth behind water usage and animal agriculture


Often when vegans are asked what inspired them to go vegan, they attribute their decision to a documentary film. For example, as stated in the Organic Liv blog post on celebrity vegans, the film “Earthlings” influenced Ellen DeGeneres’ decision to go vegan.

One of the most recent highly acclaimed vegan documentaries is “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” which follows Kip Andersen as he discovers how animal agriculture impacts the planet.

Andersen first developed a concern for environmental impacts after viewing “An Inconvenient Truth,” a film created in 2006 during Al Gore’s campaign to inform U.S. citizens about global warming.

Gore addressed how climate change and human demands on the earth lead to acidification of the ocean (ongoing decrease of pH in seawater), wildfires, storms and more.

Andersen started composting, turning off lights and recycling along with every other remedy advised when someone longs to “save the planet!”


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However, Andersen soon began to wonder if it was enough. He read a report by the United Nations that said, “Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gas than driving cars.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Greenhouse gases are defined as gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, often resulting in global warming.

This brought Andersen to his “Cowspiracy,” and he began to research how animal agriculture greatly impacts resource consumption and environmental degradation. Read the rest of this entry