Food for Thought

A larger, more devastating effect than the transportation industry on the environment.  In fact animal agriculture released more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation industry. 

The tragedy, it is a “film, conspiracy,  that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!” What???

Shocked to hear that, not believable....felt the same way until I saw the movie. We are not talking about little known and/or small organizations.  Try Sierra Club, Greenpeace, etc. who by the way never mention the devastating effect that the animal agriculture industry has on the environment in any of their literature. 

The executive director of the Sierra Club, when interviewed by the documentarians, Kip Anderson & Keegan Kuhn mumbled and choked in response when asked about his organization’s stance on the environmental effects of the agricultural industry. 

Greenpeace REFUSED to even talk to the documentarians. 

Why? Educated guess: These are membership supported organizations, the more members the more money they receive. So if they alienate the overwhelming omnivores of the population then their memberships dwindle and then, of course their bank accounts shrink.  Apparently it is much easier to get someone to buy a hybrid than it is to give up their milk and grilled chicken.

When the PR representative for the dairy industry was asked by the documentarians if their industry ever donated to environmental organizations the Executive Director interrupted from off camera saying they would not answer that question. Greeenpeace and the Dairy Industry both not wanting to talk, an odd couple if there ever was one. 

Some astounding facts from the film.

Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation combined. 

Transportation is responsible for 13% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) water use ranges from 70-140 billion gallons annually.

Animal agriculture use ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually. 

One hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce – the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers. 

477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; 900 gallons of water are needed for cheese.

1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.

Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution [iv], and habitat destruction.

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