5 animal agriculture facts from the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, and their sources
Richard Oppenlander, environmental consultant and author: 91 percent of the Amazon rain forest that has been destroyed has been due to clearing for livestock.
Susan Hartland, administrative director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society: “Over 23 billion animals were pulled out of the ocean” in 2014.
Kip Andersen, narrator and co-director of Cowspiracy: Grass-fed beef is less sustainable than factory farming. A grain-fed cow takes 15 months to reach slaughter stage; a grass-fed cow takes 23 months.
Leila Salazar Lopez, program director for Amazon Watch: “There are many, many ‘drivers’ of deforestation … oil and gas pipelines … mining projects … mega-dam projects.”
Emily Meredith, vice president of communications and membership for the Animal Agriculture Alliance: “We’ve used technology to make advancements in how we raise crops and raise animals. We’re not going to feed the world by going back to how it was 100 years ago, when animals were pasture-fed.”