Cowspriacy takes a long look at animal agriculture, and Kip and Keegan go on a journey to find out how and why so few are talking about the issue. Their moniker is “the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see!” I’m much more concerned with how their message will impact the general public. Many environmental organizations have become complacent and are more focused on staying lucrative than eliciting change.
I’ve heard all of my life that taking short showers is a good way to save water, and it is, but…
Here is a statistic that is at the heart of the matter:
“2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
(NOTE. The amount of water used to produce 1lb. of beef vary greatly from 442 – 8000 gallons. We choose to use in the film the widely cited conservative number of 2500 gallons per pound of US beef from Dr. George Borgstrom, Chairman of Food Science and Human Nutrition Dept of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, “Impacts on Demand for and Quality of land and Water.” )”
Now, put this in the context of taking a shower. A conservative estimate is 15 gallons of water per shower (I’ve seen numbers as high as 50). 2,500 / 15 = 166.67. So, if I did my math correctly, not eating one pound of finished beef product would save the same amount of water as not taking 166 showers, which is, once again conservatively, five months of showering. Stinky statistic, isn’t it?
Why are we not talking about lowering and, eventually, eliminating such as wasteful and antiquated piece of technology? There are much more efficient ways to produce protein on a large scale, which comes from cleaner burning and healthier sources. Not to mention our infatuation with protein is a myth. Protein deficiencies are extremely rare.
But there are plenty of people who are trying to get the word out:
It is time to listen. It is time to change behavior.