The Sustainability Secret: Rethinking Our Diet to Transform the World

The Sustainability Secret: Rethinking Our Diet to Transform the World


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Discover the biggest issue in conservation today. This companion to the documentary Cowspiracy explores the impacts of the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet: animal agriculture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608876570
Publisher: Palace Publishing Group, LP
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 770,508
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kip Andersen is the executive director of Animals United Movement (A.U.M.) Films & Media—a nonprofit dedicated to producing films and media promoting sustainable, compassionate, and peaceful living. He is the co-director of the groundbreaking documentary film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.

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To feed a person on an all plant-based vegan diet for one year requires just one-sixth of an acre of land. To feed that same person on a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy requires three times as much land. To feed a person on the average diet eaten by an American citizen, with high consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs, requires eighteen times as much land.

This is because you can produce 37,000 pounds of vegetables on one and a half acres, but only 375 pounds of meat on that same plot of land.

The comparison doesn’t end with land use. A vegan diet produces half as much carbon dioxide as an American omnivore, uses 1/11 the amount of fossil fuels, 1/13 the amount of water, and 1/18 the amount of land.

After adding all this up, I realized I had the choice—every single day—to save:

Over 1,100 gallons of water
45 pounds of grain
30 square feet of forested land
The equivalent of 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
And one animal’s life.

Every. Single. Day.

Table of Contents

Prologue—Waking Up
Chapter One—A Journey Toward Truth
Chapter Two—Water: An Infinite Resource
Chapter Three—Happy Farms: ”I Love Animals—That’s Why I’m in the Meat Business“
Chapter Four—Factory Farms: Standard Industry Practice
Chapter Five—Oceans: The Circulatory System of Our Planet
Chapter Six—Rain Forests and Biodiversity: Sawing off the Branch We Stand On
Chapter Seven—Activists, Governments, and Corporations: Shutting Down a Movement
Chapter Eight—Ethics, Dairy, and Eggs: Choosing Life Over Death
Chapter Nine—Health: Skip the Middle Animal
Chapter Ten—Veganic (Stockfree) Agriculture: Feeding a Growing World
Chapter Eleven—Transforming the World, One Meal at a Time
Recommended Reading and Viewing List
Selected Bibliography

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