Friday, February 12, 2016

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (Review)

OK, so I started following Leonardo DiCaprio's Facebook Page a few months ago and it's not just that I like his movies - even though I did love Catch Me If You Can and at least a half-dozen others. 

Believe it or not, most of his posts are about environmental topics and this is how I discovered a documentary called Cowspiracy, which in my view, does away with the myth of sustainable fishing and animal farming. There is no way to sustainably farm enough meat, chicken, fish or dairy for the 7 billion people on this planet - at least not with our current dietary habits.

Download the movie for $4.95 at, or watch it on Netflix. The movie advocates complete veganism and to be honest, that is a tough sell. Graham Hill's Weekday Vegetarian proposal may have better chances of success. So from Cowspiracy, here are a few good reasons to go mostly vegan or vegetarian: 

  • "Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation." And  those emissions come from methane in cow farts. It would be funny if it weren't so serious. And I never thought I would say cow farts on this blog... 
  • We're also doing away with the rain forests at an alarming rate, as land is cleared to make room for all those cows. Of course there are free range farms but those "animal friendly farms" require even more land, and as Cowspiracy shows us, we'd have to quite literally clear all of the land in the US to make room for the farms needed to "sustainably" feed America. 
  • If you've been taking short showers for the past 20 years, know this: a huge amount of water is used up by animal farms. On average, 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of beef. This includes the water the cows drink and water used growing their food supply. To put this in perspective, showering uses up approximately 2 gallons per minute.
  • All of the above is true for the dairy farming, which puts a damper on my vegetarian plans. I quite like oat, coconut and almond milk so I don't mind abandoning milk though I would miss cheese. We could probably due with having dairy less often anyway, especially if its full of hormones ...
  • Cowspiracy also addresses the myth of Sustainable Fishing and how we  need to give the oceans a break, but I'll let you watch the film and find out for yourself. Suffice it to say that "the world's stock of seafood will have collapsed by 2050" if we don't change our habits now (via the Telegraph)

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Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits. 

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