Sustainability Secret

The Sustainability Secret by Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen of the groundbreaking 2014 documentary Cowspiracy presents shocking truths about the effects of industrial animal agriculture on the planet. The leading cause of deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, topsoil erosion, and a host of other environmental ills, animal agriculture is the biggest issue facing the planet today and one of the most controversial environmental secrets in the world of conservation. Filled with anecdotes, statistics, research, interviews with the filmmakers and contributors, and unabridged transcripts from the film, this companion book supplements and expands upon the documentary in every way. With all this and more, The Sustainability Secret reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

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Factory-farm animal-agriculture causes 51% of climate-change pollution, 55% USA water use, 91% Amazon rain-forest destruction, and is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction; but the good news is a plant-based (vegan) diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes is sustainable and humane. Fruit trees sequester carbon in the ground. “On the one acre of land needed to produce 250 pounds of beef, we could grow 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 53,000 pounds of potatoes or 30,000 pounds of carrots. Producing protein from chickens requires 3 times as much land as protein from soybeans, pork needs 9 times, beef 32 times. The average person who eats plant-based can save 162,486 gallons of water a year, and cut their carbon footprint in half. But the icing on the plant-based cake is the fact we could redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed 1.4 billion people if every American stopped eating meat. The average diet containing animal products requires around 4,000 gallons of water a day, whereas a vegan diet uses approximately 300 gallons of water a day. To produce 1 kilogram of rice requires about 3,500 liters of water, whereas 1 kilogram of beef requires a staggering 15,000 liters. Highly affordable and nutritious plant-based (vegan) diets are already enjoyed by many healthy happy people. –Sustainability Secret

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/19/population-crisis-farm-animals-laying-waste-to-planet