MINI-REVIEW: “Meat the Truth” (screening on 3/24, 7:30pm, Drexel Bexley)

mttFormerly used as a joke that global warming deniers liked to tell, the idea that cows create the bulk of greenhouse gasses is aptly demonstrated in the Dutch film Meat The Truth. Yes, cows. Not just their flatulence, but also the entire livestock-raising process, from growing the grain used in their feed to the distribution processes used to sell the meat. Meat The Truth starts where An Inconvenient Truth leaves off, that the American way of life, right down to what we eat, creates a larger carbon footprint than anywhere else in the world. We are just 5 percent of the world’s population yet we grow and kill nearly 10 billion animals a year, more than 15 percent of the world’s total. Americans consume on average 8 ounces of meat a day, nearly twice the global average. Data used in the film come from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam, and numerous other sources. This green take on American agribusiness is sobering and compelling. There is disturbing footage from factory farms and an incredible amount of information on the destructive effects they have on the environment. Dutch politician and animal rights activist Marianne Thieme travels to America where she interviews scientists, PETA members, and, most interestingly, a former factory farmer turned vegan. Even Al Gore doesn’t escape criticism (apparently he’s a cattle farmer). Anyone who cares about climate change or how our daily habits affect the planet should see this film. (to see a trailer, scroll down to the blog post below.)

Columbus International Film + Video Festival Near Monthly Screening Series presents:

Meat the Truth: The Massive Impact of Livestock Farming on Climate Change Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:30pm – 9:00pm Drexel East 2254 E Main St Bexley, OH Admission is free.

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2 responses to “MINI-REVIEW: “Meat the Truth” (screening on 3/24, 7:30pm, Drexel Bexley)

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  2. The “Meat the Truth” documentary increases awareness on the livestock industry as an important contributor to climate change. This is a critically important objective. However it misses the opportunity to suggest the set of solutions which could effectively contribute to address the problem. Reducing meat consumption is only part of the solution:

    – The documentary does not explain that the benefits of reduced meat consumption would not be limited to the environment, but it would also significantly improve health, particularly in the west where obesity and cardiovascular diseases are continuing to increase mostly because of excessive meat consumption;
    – Even if some viewers will reduce consumption of meat, global consumption will continue to rise. Additional approaches to address the environmental challenge in the production system cannot be left outside. Greenhouse gas emissions in the livestock industry can be significantly reduced at negative or low cost, such as in the case of methane capture and conversion into cost-effective clean-energy;
    – Finally, some gruesome images showing animals while defecating do not add any value. On the contrary, they turn away moderate viewers who could actually play an important role in addressing this problem.

    My suggestion to the producers is to cut a short video clip with the main message, using the well done cartoons, and distribute it though schools.

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