The Sustainability Secret

DVD - 2014
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Feature-length environmental documentary, following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Publisher: [Santa Rosa, Calif.] : A.U.M. Films, 2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.705 COW
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Sustainability secret


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Sep 12, 2017

As our community faces the possibility that a Tyson Foods Chicken Processing Plant could be built just 10 miles from downtown Lawrence, this is an excellent documentary for those who seek to prevent this. If more people were able to connect the dots between animal agriculture and the environmental problems they seek to reverse, we would be far more capable in our efforts. I do believe in being a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) but I see it in a slightly more expansive way --- Anything that I would not want in my back yard, I believe should not be in ANYBODY'S back yard. Then if we were all NIMBY's, together we could insure that monied interests don't ruin quality of life for the masses.
I especially feel solidarity with the folks of Tonganoxie at this moment, because a few years back, the city commission of Lawrence, Island annexed a piece of land by me -- that was actually miles from existing infrastructure, outside the area of growth as planned in the Horizon 2020 long term planning commission document, and which was surrounded on all sides by rural residential property. Like others in this area, we had built a home we loved here too, and after several years of hard work almost had it fixed up just the way we wanted it. When this island annexed land, against the wishes of our whole neighborhood was zoned heavy industrial and none of us were told WHAT ENTITIY/INDUSTRY might occupy it. I became concerned that it could end up being an animal factory. It was VERY frustrating when I approached people in Lawrence to help us fight this and mostly they were unconcerned because it wasn't in THEIR back yard and/or no one like Tyson had come forward with plans for the land. The thing no one seemed to appreciate, was that had we not overturned the island annexation/rezoning -- and THEN someone like Tyson had come forward with plans -- we have had little legal recourse at that point to stop them. The lesson from this is that we must be vigilant AND support our neighbors when it comes to land use issues! It has been heartening, now though to see people from all communities rally with our neighbors in Leavenworth/Tonganoxie.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!

Watch Cowspiracy to get educated and be armed with facts about why every one of us who cares about a livable world should be actively working to oppose Tyson Foods building new factories ANYWHERE!!

As a side note -- you might want to familiarize yourself with Tyson Foods and why I can say with such absolutism that they shouldn't be given a chance to conduct their business anywhere -- check out this list of their past harms, fines, felony convictions, OSHA violations, accidentally killed or dismembered workers, egregious environmental damage, and destruction of quality of life for entire communities:

But also we must keep in mind the bigger picture too:

Nov 06, 2016

An informative well made documentary. It shows where the real power is. Our so called protectors of the environment are just as false as the governments that serve big Agriculture. And, l guess the cows are right. Eat more chikin!

Oct 19, 2016

Did you know that Kip Anderson or any whistle blower can be charged with an act of terror for practicing their first amendment rights about the Ag industry thanks to George W.? Did you know that by a yuge margin the number one global climate change industry and polluter is the Ag industry? I never wanted this book to end and not just because it was so fascinating, unnerving, frustrating and insightful. More importantly I knew from page one there would have to be major changes in my personal life. While I quit meat six months ago it was really only the beginning to sustainability. And so as soon as I am done with this Duke's Mayo I am going to try really extra hard to be a vegan. But not the preachy, hipster kind fam. I promise.
***I read the book, did not see the documentary yet****

May 05, 2016

A thoroughly documented, well researched look at, mainly, the failure of the largest environmental advocacy groups in the world to address the monumental impact of animal agriculture on the world's climate.
A must see.

Feb 17, 2016

Very watchable and worthwhile film to see. Anyone who thinks they are an environmentalist will learn some hard truths about animal agriculture and sustainability. (I don't think many non environmental people would bother to watch it). I had wondered why so many environmental organizations didn't stress the importance of not eating meat and animal products. Very disappointing to see some of my favorite non profits in this film. This is a movie that isn't just preaching to the choir-I found I have a lot of room for improvement.

Jan 16, 2016

Frances Moore Lappé was saying this in the 1970s, in her book, Diet for a Small Planet. The problem has become exponentially greater, and we can't ignore any longer the fact that too many of us are destroying our planet with our unsustainable habits, one of the main ones being animal agriculture and overfishing.
Those of you who have children, really think about what and how you live is affecting the world you will leave your kids...

Oct 22, 2015

Library499 below must have been wearing a blindfold when watching this

Jun 19, 2015

This is a really important film that every environmentalist should watch. The most interesting scene, for me, was when the meat lobby refused to confirm or deny whether they give money to environmental charities, such as Greenpeace.

May 16, 2015

The basic idea is that animal agriculture is destructive in a variety of ways that aren't commonly brought up or taken on, even by big environmental organizations. It's worth watching if you can keep your mind open and think critically about what is presented. The information seems good and the graphics used to present it are well done. However he adds a whole emotional angle that seemed really unnecessary. He uncovers enough to suggest that some organizations are actively choosing not to address the animal agriculture issue but he really seems to embellish the evidence he does find. His animal agriculture issue is not the only relevant environmental issue and he basically dismisses anyone who doesn't actively work on his issue or seem well informed about it. He should try and educate the people he talks to about it instead of condemning them for not knowing about it already. There is literally a shot of him tearing down his Al Gore poster to express his disillusionment, as though by not actively working to fix animal agriculture Al Gore must just be completely worthless as a human. If you can get past that though there are good pieces of his argument. He brings up a point about the massive input of food and water that is needed to raise beef in any kind of setting and the comparatively little output of how many pounds of actual meat you get at the end. It's a good argument for being vegan or vegetarian that doesn't rely on emotional spin. You can just show plant diets are actually more efficient because it takes less input to raise plants then it does to raise animals and with plants the output of actual food is much higher compared to the ratio of input. So the environmental impact is also less. As a documentary it's definitely got some good interesting points but you have to take everything with a grain of salt and make up your own mind. It is at least convincing in showing that animal agriculture is a much bigger contributor to environmental degradation then you might expect.

May 07, 2015

I think you protest too much.

This movie was ok. I don't know if there is enough here to base your life on. But don't look for that in any documentary. Instead its good to listen to all sides, do your own research and live your life the way you feel is right.

I think this is a good movie for anyone wanting one more thing to worry about. I don't know what is true and what is not, but it is fun to worry.

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