Controversial yet popular documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) follows director Kip Anderson around the USA as he asks the simple question: ‘”What is the single largest contributor to environmental destruction?”
Responses at first are unintentionally funny, until eventually he realizes the threat of the enormous power of the meat and dairy industries.
Meat eaters concerned with climate and lesser environmental issues will be as shocked as plant-based diet eaters: the livestock agricultural sector is described as the main contributor to global warming and the many contributing forms of environmental destruction.
The film focuses mostly on the US in interviews, including news of recently updated legislation which drastically favors industry, even to the extent of being able to charge simple environmentalists with being terrorists.
The movie gains breadth from international examples of murders of anti-cattle ranch activists, citing the many hundreds of environmentalists killed in recent years in South America, typically defending the Amazon rain forest from rapidly encroaching ranches.
Given these risks, Anderson still dares to suggest that the very environmental groups that should be leading the charge against the livestock industry are being negligent in their duties by not highlighting and prioritizing the damage the meat and dairy sectors are having on the planet.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret rates an audience score of 97% fresh on the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.
Showing in long famous PNU hangout Crossroads on Saturday, 29th November at 7pm, Cowspiracy also screens in Nampo Dong, in Café Bridge on Wednesday, 3rd December at 7pm, and in KSU’s Table Talk Café on Saturday, 6th December at 3pm.
The movie is the finale in the series of three films screened in the Busan Climate Action Film Festival.
Cowspiracy screens in English with Korean subtitles.