Cowspiracy is a documentary film produced by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, which explores the environmental impact of animal agriculture. Released in 2014, the film received critical acclaim and sparked widespread debate about the issue of sustainability and the role of animal agriculture in contributing to climate change.
The documentary begins by highlighting the many environmental issues that we face today, such as global warming, deforestation, and water scarcity. The filmmakers then go on to argue that animal agriculture is the leading cause of these environmental problems, and that the industry is largely ignored by the mainstream media and environmental organisations.
The film takes a hard-hitting look at the various ways in which animal agriculture contributes to environmental destruction. For instance, the production of meat and dairy products requires vast amounts of land, water, and energy, all of which have a significant impact on the environment. The film also explores the role of animal agriculture in deforestation, habitat destruction, and species extinction.
One of the most shocking claims of the documentary is that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. This fact has been largely ignored by environmental organisations, and the film suggests that the reason for this is that the animal agriculture industry wields a great deal of political and economic power.
Cowspiracy also explores the role of large environmental organisations in perpetuating the problem of animal agriculture. The film argues that these organisations are often beholden to corporate interests, and that they are reluctant to take on the animal agriculture industry because it would alienate their corporate sponsors.