Free Movie Night: Monday, May 18th: Cowspiracy: A Conspiracy of Silence

Factory Farming: Bad for Human Health, Disastrous for the Animals and Catastrophic for the Environment/Climate

A Conspiracy of Silence. Just Keep Walking.  Nothing to See Here.

Cowspiracy: The Movie

UPDATED: NEW RESOURCES (See below)

What: Screening of the documentary, Cowspiracy
When:
Monday, May 20th, 7-9pm
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s Church, rear side entrance), 39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA (see map below)
Who: Sponsored by Occupy Natick
What Else: Light refreshments available.

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Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all transportation combined.Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Greenhouse gases from livestock commoditization are a major unsung and covered up cause of Global Warming. It stems from the insatiable human appetites for meat, profit and dominion over Nature.  And almost no one is talking about it.

Silence about the Meat-Industrial Complex is fueling our ignorance and denial.   Besides the almost unfathomable pain and suffering that is inflicted upon these “animal-commodities” there is the disastrous impact on our environment.

Factory Farming’s Disastrous Impact on the Environment

Factory Farming is THE leading cause of:

And yet, there is a conspiracy of silence. There are huge industrial pressures to bury this issue.  Even our so-called environmental

Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Source
groups– who should be sounding an alarm–are silent about this issue that is so at the heart of our current environmental and climatic degradation.  Where is the Sierra Club?  Where is Greenpeace?

Our bought-and-paid-for Congress has written legislation –the “Ag-Gag” bills– to keep us in the dark and preserve their profit base. Whistleblowers are to be jailed and punished if they reveal the truth about what goes on hidden from view. So far these bills have failed, but Meat/Industrial/Congressional Complex continues to try.

Anti-whistleblower bills (“ag-gag” bills) seek to criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms, keeping Americans in the dark about where their food is coming from. Whistleblowing employees have played a vital role in exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on industrial farms. Instead of working to prevent these abuses from occurring, the agribusiness industry has been working to prevent people from finding out about such problems by supporting anti-whistleblower bills.The Humane Society

Read more at the Cowspiracy site.

NOTE: Cowspiracy is a movie not without controversy.  At Occupy Natick, we don’t back away from controversy, but hope it will stimulate awareness and discussion. Although none of us in Occupy Natick dispute the facts that factory and industrial agriculture are major contributors to environmental issues and climate change, several of our members were uncomfortable with some of the positions promoted by the movie.  To offset this, we considered showing an additional movie that presents a different perspective.  As a group, we voted against including that extra time, but invite each of you to view it beforehand:

 

More reading:

NEW: We’re Eating Less Meat—Yet Factory Farms Are Still Growing

Eating Less Meat and Dairy Essential to Curb Climate Change

Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else

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