If you're on the Netflix bandwagon you know that health food documentaries is one of their real strengths. There's enough films there to change your life.
One of the most powerful, and probably controversial, is Cowspiracy.
Cowspiracy – The Movie Review
I didn’t want to watch it. The title, image and short description had me confidently assume I’ll be exposed to some messed up home truths about where our food comes from. And I’ll have to change my habits. So I turned to IMDB to see if the movie was good enough to warrant leaving my blissful ignorance. It was. It scored a whopping 8.4. So I pressed play.
We Have To Change
As anticipated, the movie examines cow farming. Particularly, the lack of sustainability. Basically, cows are enormous animals that require more food and water than we have available. We absolutely can not continue our consumption of dairy and animal protein. We must change our priorities.
The human population requires 19.7 billion litres of water and 9.5 billion kilograms of food each day. The livestock that we farm require 170 billion litres of water and 61.2 kilograms of food. You can see right there that we can solve world hunger by giving some of those plants and grains to humans directly instead of cows. If that doesn’t convince you then go through some of these:
- Livestock occupy 45% of the earth’s total land
- It takes 3 000 litres of water to produce one hamburger
- It takes 1 000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk
- Meat and dairy use 1/3 of the earth’s fresh water
- Livestock account for 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions
- Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatons CO2E limit by 2030, all from raising animals
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon deforestation and we wipe out 1 acre of rainforest every second
Cowspiracy also exposes the lack of attention that environmental agencies and regulators pay to what is potentially the biggest issue facing the human population. Greenpeace and some other global non profits would have PR nightmares on their hands after they are utterly embarrassed.
The film creates a sense of hopelessness when discussing the big business influence on decision makers but there is some concluding optimism. I’ll stop myself there but please do watch this. It should be compulsive viewing for the entire planet, particularly those in government.
I give this 4.5 out of 5 hamburgers.