Wednesday, July 16, 2014

‘Cowspiracy: The sustainability secret’

Cows, like dams, another four letter word enviros hate


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer



Express photographic by Erik Elison

    Last week, some filmgoers heard how dams were the four-letter dirty word mucking up our rivers and fish. This week, it’s cows getting hit with mud pies.
     The film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” is a feature-length environmental documentary that follows a filmmaker as he uncovers what he claims is the “most destructive industry facing the planet today,” and investigates why even the world’s leading environmental organizations “are too afraid to talk about it,” according to advance press on the film.
    Carter Hedberg, of the Hailey-based Western Watersheds Project, has announced that the film is making its Idaho premiere Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Magic Lantern Cinema in Ketchum.  
    The filmmakers, Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen, will attend the premiere. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers as well as a panel discussion with some locals who are involved in environmental and food-sustainability issues.  
    For more information about the film and for advance ticket sales, go to www.cowspiracy.com.
    According to press information provided by Hedberg, Kip Andersen’s environmental awakening came as a result of a film about global warming called “An Inconvenient Truth.” After seeing the film, he began to recycle religiously, turn off lights constantly, shower infrequently, and ride a bike instead of driving. It was in that process that he began to believe that animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction.
    Now the graduate of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo school of business is the founder of the Animals United Movement, a pending 501(c)3 organization focused on creating films and media promoting sustainability, compassion and peace for all of Earth’s inhabitants.
    Cohort Keegan Kuhn is a videographer, documentary filmmaker and musician living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked with nonprofit organizations and been involved in social justice movements for virtually his entire life. His film career has taken him as far as the remote interior of Alaska to document modern homesteaders, to the high deserts of the American West filming the nation’s remaining wild horses, to rural agricultural communities and dirty urban streets.
    “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” makes the case that animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones” and virtually every other environmental ill.
    You might want a side of fries with this one.


Film
At: Magic Lantern Cinema, Ketchum.
On: Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m.


 




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.