There’s no doubt about it, Cowspiracy is an engaging and shocking film with statistics, experts, facts and environmental agencies giving the message that animal agriculture is bad.
The film is definitely on point regarding one thing: we need to move away from eating meat from feedlots and farms that mass produce meat using inhumane and environmentally damaging practices. Eating from that food chain is not only bad for your health, it’s bad for the planet’s health as well.
There’s a problem though. The film is overly biased, the facts are exaggerated and the idea that going vegan is going to solve your problems and save the planet is a stretch. You should watch Cowspiracy, but you shouldn’t draw your conclusions on whether your going to eat meat or not based on this film.
There’s always another side to the story. Before drawing your conclusions, I’d strongly suggest you watch the following 4 documentaries to educate yourself on what true sustainable agriculture is and how we can be part of the solution and not the problem.
Here’s my list of films to check out:
In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. However farmer Hook’s plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows.
***Conclusions after the film: If I lived near the Moo Man, I would certainly buy his meat and milk.
Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
***Conclusions after the film: I will avoid mass farmed feedlot meat as often as possible and I’ll look for a guy like Joel Salatin for great eggs and good meat. Check out his bio here.
An inquisitive man sets out to find the facts about milk and discovers more about the growing controversy surrounding it. Milk is a food so fundamental to our daily diet that its value for our health, it seems, is meant to be left unquestioned. Milk is the perfect food. Or is it?
***Questions to ask yourself: Is it Milk that’s bad for us? Or does it come down to where it comes from and how it’s processed that makes it healthy or unhealthy?
Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture.
***Conclusions after the film: Organic, sustainable food can feed the world and keep us healthy.
There’s always two sides to the story. Don’t draw your conclusions until you know both sides. Better to be informed and have a balanced view than to jump on a trendy bandwagon.