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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary film which explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The film looks at various environmental concerns, including global warming, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones, and suggests that animal agriculture is the primary source of environmental destruction. The Union of Concerned Scientists
Union of Concerned Scientists
has disputed the film's assertion, which runs counter to scientific consensus[1], that the majority of greenhouse gases driving climate change are produced by animal agriculture rather than fossil fuel emissions.[2] The filmmakers in turn disputed this response.[3]

Contents

1 Synopsis 2 Production 3 Featured individuals 4 Reception 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Synopsis[edit] The documentary was directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, and explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. Environmental organizations
Environmental organizations
investigated in the film include Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, and many more.[4][5][6][7] Production[edit] The film was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo, with 1,449 contributors giving $117,092. This funding was 217% of their goal, and it allowed them to dub the film into Spanish and German and subtitle it into more than 10 other languages, including Chinese and Russian.[8][9] Screenings are licensed through the distributor, as well as through Tugg Inc.[10] An updated version of the documentary, executive-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, premiered globally on Netflix
Netflix
on September 15, 2015.[11] The 2017 documentary What the Health
What the Health
was written, produced, and directed by the same production team (Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn) as Cowspiracy.[12] Featured individuals[edit]

Co-producer/director Keegan Kuhn speaks at the Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
conference in Berkeley, September 2016.

The following individuals were featured in the film:

Michael Klaper (physician, author, advisor) Howard Lyman
Howard Lyman
(former rancher, author, activist) Lauren Ornelas
Lauren Ornelas
(Food Empowerment Project) Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan
(author, lecturer) William Potter (journalist) Kirk R. Smith (Environmental Health Sciences) Josh Tetrick (founder of Hampton Creek)

Reception[edit] Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
won the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 South African Eco Film Festival,[13] as well as the Best Foreign Film Award at the 12th annual Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement.[14] It was also nominated for Cinema Politica’s 2015 Audience Choice Award.[15] In the Movie Cows On Earth 150,000,000 cows were spotted throughout the movie. Journalist Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges
stated that this film led him to become a vegan.[16] Television personality Porsha Williams also said that the film, along with its successor, What the Health, were what ended up convincing her to become vegan.[17] Doug Boucher, reviewing the film for the Union of Concerned Scientists, disputed the film's claim that 51% of global greenhouse gases are caused by animal agriculture. Boucher describes the 51% figure as being sourced from a 2009 Worldwatch Institute report by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang,[18] not from a peer-reviewed scientific paper. He asserts methodological flaws in Goodland and Anhang's logic, and claims that the scientific community has formed a consensus that global warming is primarily caused by humanity's burning of fossil fuels.[2] Boucher states that the scientific consensus is that livestock contribute 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions - far lower than the 51% claimed by the film.[2] Boucher's review concludes: "Movies like Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
aren’t believable, not only because of how they twist the science, but also because of what they ask us to believe: that the fossil fuel industry—the ExxonMobils of the world—aren’t the main cause of global warming... and that thousands of scientists have covered up the truth about the most important environmental issue of our time."[2] Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
co-director Keegan Kuhn defended the 51% figure featured in the documentary, pointing to a 2012 article in the journal Animal Feed Science and Technology. In that article, Goodland and Anhang addressed criticism of their study, and explained their methodology.[19][20] See also[edit]

Environmental impact of meat production Livestock's Long Shadow Intensive animal farming Racing Extinction Holocene extinction The Sixth Extinction What the Health

References[edit]

^ Herrero, Mario; Wirsenius, Stefan; Henderson, Benjamin; Rigolot, Cyrille; Thornton, Philip; Havlík, Petr; de Boer, Imke; Gerber, Pierre (November 2015). "Livestock and the Environment: What Have We Learned in the Past Decade?". Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 40: 177–202. doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-031113-093503.  ^ a b c d Boucher, Doug (10 June 2016). "Movie Review: There's a Vast Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
about Climate Change". The Equation blog. Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 12 June 2016.  ^ Kuhn, Keegan (November 23, 2015). "Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
Facts". Cowspiracy. Retrieved May 7, 2017.  ^ Kanner, Ellen (August 4, 2014). " Meatless Monday -- 'Cowspiracy:' The One Thing No One Talks About". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2014.  ^ Animal Agriculture: A Neglected Agent of Global Warming? The co-producers of the documentary film "Cowspiracy" discuss the environmental impact of Intensive animal farming
Intensive animal farming
- and why mainstream organizations have been silent about it. November 20, 2014, The Real News ^ "Cowspiracy". Village. February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-04.  ^ "Burgers Are Ending the World, Says Cowspiracy". SF Weekly. Jun 25, 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-04.  ^ " Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
IndieGoGo
IndieGoGo
campaign page".  ^ Alison Homewood. "Beware Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
– and the spread of the vegan virus -- New Internationalist". New Internationalist.  ^ " Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
page on Tugg".  ^ "Exclusive: Interview With Directors Of 'Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret' On Netflix, A Controversial New Documentary". Decider. August 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-28.  ^ Jackie Day (January 23, 2016). " Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
Film Makers Announce NEW film: What the Health!". My Vegan
Vegan
Journal.  ^ " Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
Wins Audience Choice Award". The South African Eco Film Festival. April 9, 2015. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-09.  ^ "Le FFPE récompense les films gagnants de la 12e édition". Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement. April 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-28.  ^ "Vote for the 2015 Audience Choice Award!". Cinema Politica. April 6, 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-24.  ^ Days of Revolt: The Assault of the Animal Agriculture Industry. TeleSUR. May 2, 2016. ^ Williams, Porsha (July 15, 2017). " Porsha Williams on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved July 18, 2017.  ^ Goodland, Robert; Anhang, Jeff (November–December 2009). "Livestock and Climate Change" (PDF). World Watch. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-04-17.  ^ Kuhn, Keegan (November 23, 2015). "Response to Criticism of Cowspiracy
Cowspiracy
Facts". Cowspiracy. Retrieved May 7, 2017.  ^ Goodland, Robert; Anhang, Jeff (30 March 2012). "Comment to the Editor". Animal Feed Science and Technology. 172 (3): 252–256. doi:10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2011.12.028. 

External links[edit]

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at Rotten Tomatoes Screening at EU Parliament 2nd of December 2015

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