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Cowspiracy — The Sustainable Secret

By Fredrica Syren: 

Last week I went to a talk by Kip Andersen, the filmmaker behind the controversial documentary Cowspiracy. This movie is the first of its kind and a real eye opener, documenting how, of all the different businesses around the world, factory farming is the number one most unsustainable. The meat industry has been established as the major culprit in climate change, even more so than transportation. From start to finish, it is responsible for damage to land, natural resources, humans and animals more than if we all simply ate a plant-based diet. And, by the way, when I say factory farming, I mean chicken and fish also. cowspiracy banner

Of course this movie’s message is one most meat eaters and dairy users do not want to hear, and certainly one the dairy and meat industries do not want people to hear. In Cowspiracy, Kip Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, and uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

Andersen’s environmental activism journey began after watching the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Having seen the film, he began to recycle religiously, turn off lights constantly, shower infrequently, and ride a bike instead of drive, thinking he was doing his part to save the planet. However, his life took a different direction when he found out that animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction.mdi-factory-farm-awareness-coalition

The one quite startling thing Andersen said during his talk was that, even if we stopped using all systems of transportation — like cars, trains, trucks, planes, etc. — and turned off our utilities, we would still have irreversible damage from global warming if we continue to raise so many animals for food.

It’s a fact that we’re “forking” our planet and draining it of all natural resources. There is just no way we can keep going on the way we have been. I really believe the change needs to start with what we put on our plates. The time to eat more organic and plant based food with less or no meat is now.

 “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

-Robert Swan

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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