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12 Reasons Why ‘Cowspiracy’ Is the Next ‘Blackfish’

Blackfish changed the game for animals in captivity, and the new documentary Cowspiracy is about to do the same for environmentalists. Here are just a few things we learned from the documentary that everyone is going to be talking about:

1. There are 7 billion people on the planet and 70 billion animals used for food.

Population Boom

2. Here’s how much food and water 7 billion humans consume, compared to just 1.5 billion cows.

Food and Water Usage

Humans: 5.2 billion gallons of water and 21 billion pounds of food Cows: 45 billion gallons of water and 135 billion pounds of food

3. Animal agriculture uses 55 percent of the water in the U.S.

Water Use by Animal Agriculture

Meanwhile, California is facing an unprecedented drought.

4. If you follow California’s recommendations for saving water, you’ll save 47 gallons a day.

Water Saved from Efficient Appliances

5. But it takes 660 gallons of water to produce 1/4 pound of hamburger meat.

Burger Water Use

And it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk.

6. Worldwide, the meat and dairy industries use 30 percent of our fresh water every day.

Water Used to Make a Burger

And water isn’t the only problem.

7. Animal agriculture is the source of 51 percent of all greenhouse gasses.

8. Cows produce about 150 billion gallons of methane per day.

Overcrowded Cows

Methane is 25 to 100 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2.

9. Forty-five percent of the Earth’s land mass is used for animal agriculture.

Cows on Deforested Land

And nearly half of the continental U.S. is used for it, too.

10. Animal agriculture is directly responsible for 91 percent of Amazon rain-forest destruction

A Burnt Forrest

11. 136 million acres of the rain forest have been cleared for cattle grazing and growing feed crops.


And we lose another acre every single second.

12. Animal agriculture is the number one cause of species extinction, ocean “dead zones,” water pollution, and deforestation.

The meat, egg, and dairy industries are destroying the planet. So why are hardly ANY environmental groups talking about it? If you think more people need to see how they’re being misled, you can help. Just go to to find or organize your own screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The more people who see this vitally important film, the faster we can save animals, people, AND the planet.

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