Have you seen Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret yet ? It is an incredibly important film that asks why many of the biggest environmental organizations do not address animal agriculture as a major driver of climate change. You follow a guy's journey from The Sierra Club to Greenpeace, to Natural Resources Defense Fund and others, learning along the way just how uninformed to downright ignorant and even hostile some of them are when asked to explain what their position on animal agriculture and climate change is. Who knew ??? Actually some people knew, including James McWilliams, author of several books exploring food sustainability and animal rights, blogged about Cowspiracy back in April of this year, he was hoping the film would expose some of the organizations for keeping mum about a difficult subject that might affect their donation flow. And Dr Richard Oppenlander, who has spot appearances here and there throughout the movie. He has two books out on the subject of how damaging animal agriculture is and ways to get out of it. I've read one, Food Choice and Sustainability, Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work....it is an excellent reference and very readable. Check out the review of the book at Our Hen House. So happy he is involved in the project. Will Potter, Howard Lyman and Dr Will Tuttle weigh in on the subject as well. Hmmmm....so I guess many of us were aware of a gap between what we were learning, what we could see and feel and what the major enviro groups were encouraging us to do ( and not do). Take shorter showers, drive less, recycle and some even gently suggested you might * try* and reduce your meat consumption to say, maybe just once a week or so. But none really took on food choices as a real project....hmmmmm...why not ? The film also explores developments in the humane, organic , free-range and backyard notions of animal slaughter.
Here in Boulder, Cowspiracy was shown at the Boedecker Theater. I saw it with a friend and some fellow Boulder and Beyond Vegan Meetup members. BandBVM was responsible for getting the film here and promoting it....thank you ! I wasnt sure what to expect, and having just spent many hours inside both the Boedecker Theater and the Dairy Center for the Arts ( ugh...hate the name ! ) the week before at the Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival watching some pretty riveting footage of environmental destruction and animal suffering....well, I wasnt sure I would make it all the way through. But Cowspiracy was so well done, and Kip Anderson so appealing in his genuine search for answers that the only time I looked away from the screen was during an apparent ( I closed my eyes ) botched slaughter of a duck raised in someone's back yard. As humane,organic, free-range happy meat, of course.
I am waiting for my pre-ordered dvd to arrive so that I can watch Cowspiracy at my own pace, and take notes this time. Lots of great graphics that reduce the mountains of statistics to some entertaining visual nuggets of information. And, I know where to cover my eyes when the stupid human chases the poor duck around the yard and .....