Cowspiracy | Recommended Documentary

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Having watched Seaspiracy on Netflix recently, I decided to watch Cowspiracy again last night after finally getting done with work. That's when I realized - I had never watched Cowspiracy in the first place. Instead, i mixed it up with another documentary about the industrial dairy complex.

If you have already seen Seaspiracy, then Cowspiracy will have a familiar feel, with a very similar story-telling arc.

  • It starts off with an introduction of the narrator and his childhood
  • How he got involved with environmental activism
  • How he realized there was a big piece of the puzzle that all the environmental groups were missing
  • Confronting the conspiracy head on by trying to interview the environmental organizations

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Those are the similarities. The big difference I felt with Cowspiracy was the focus on environmental sustainability and not a lot of focus on animal cruelty like with Seaspiracy.

The destruction of the Amazon rainforests to make way for soybean farms, using 1,000 liters of water to produce 1 liter of milk, the volume of waste of animal farms are all highlighted in the documentary.

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Probably the most sobering message is that even methods of farming and food that we thought of to be sustainable like 'grass-fed' beef are not environmentally sustainable.

The clearest message for me was the need to eat less meat in order to save the environment. Going full vegan may be a stretch for some and of course there are those who would argue that man needs to eat meat.

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I grew up in a country that's shown in green - consuming about a quarter of the meat of many other countries in the world. With the wide variety of spices and vegetables on offer here, I don't feel like i've missed out. Lab grown meat could be a potential solution for those who really can't give up their meat but maybe we need to examine why that is.

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