About the Film
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen 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.
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 rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Kip Andersen’s environmental awakening came as a result of 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. Andersen believed he was doing everything he could to help the planet by following the guidelines of national and international environmental organizations, but his life took a different direction when he found out animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction. He is the founder of AUM Films and Media, a 501c3 non-profit focused on creating films and media that promote thrivability, compassion, and harmony for all life. He is also an entrepreneur, as well as a certified Jivamukti and Kundalini yoga teacher. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo school of business and has called San Francisco home for more than a decade.
Keegan Kuhn is a videographer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and professional musician living in the east bay of San Francisco. He has worked with nonprofit organizations and been involved in social justice movements for virtually his entire life. As a filmmaker, he helps organizations reach an ever-greater community of supporters with the highest possible quality films and videos. 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. He is motivated by a deep desire to shed light on untold stories of the most downtrodden in our society, and to raise to awareness through greater visibility of social justice issues.
FEATURING THE EXPERTISE OF
Dr. Richard Oppenlander
Author of the groundbreaking book Food Choice and Sustainability, Dr. Oppenlander is a consultant and researcher whose award-winning book Comfortably Unaware, has been endorsed as a “must read” by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Neal Barnard, among many others. Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought-after lecturer, has been a keynote speaker for several conferences and events, and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous universities and corporations. Dr. Oppenlander also serves as an advisor to municipalities in the U.S. and to world hunger projects that are designing programs from his model of multidimensional sustainability.
Michael Pollan is the author of four New York Times bestsellers (Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Pollan was named to the 2010 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 Newsweek named him one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.”
Dr. Will Tuttle
Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, musician, and author of The World Peace Diet, called one of the most important books of the 21st century. Dr. Tuttle presents about 150 events yearly at conferences, retreats, and progressive churches and centers throughout North America. In his lectures, workshops, and trainings based on The World Peace Diet, he addresses veganism, spirituality, effective activism, and personal development. A former Zen monk, Dr. Tuttle has a master’s in humanities and a PhD in philosophy of education.
A former Montana cattle rancher, Howard Lyman is a world-renowned public speaker, author, and animal advocate. Best known for being sued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for speaking about “mad cow” disease on the Oprah Winfrey Show, he is the founder of Voice for a Viable Future and the subject of two documentary films, Mad Cowboyand Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.
Will Potter is an award-winning independent journalist and TED Fellow based in Washington, D.C. who focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. His reporting and commentary have been featured in the world’s top media outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, Rolling Stone, El Pais, and Le Monde. He has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. He is the author of Green Is the New Red, an exposé of the FBI’s use of fear and intimidation to silence dissent in the animal and environmental movements.
In 1978, Will Anderson founded Greenpeace Alaska in Anchorage, and shortly thereafter, was appointed to the national board of directors of Greenpeace USA. Since then, he has had a long career in campaign management in both the environmental and animal welfare sectors for a number of organizations including Earth Island Institute and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. He has worked with state and federal agencies, scientists, political representatives and NGOs, and continues to consult for numerous national organizations to protect marine animals and wildlife, and defend the land and oceans against industrial destruction.
WITH APPEARANCES BY
A 41-year veteran of the natural foods industry, Michael Besancon is the former senior global vice president of purchasing, distribution and communications for Whole Foods Market.
Michael Klaper, MD
Dr. Michael Klaper has more than 40 years of clinical experience, and practices preventative and nutrition-based medicine. He is the director of the non-profit Institute of Nutrition Education and Research and a member of the Nutrition Task Force of the American Medical Student Association.
David Robinson Simon
David Robinson Simon is an attorney, advocate for sustainable consumption, and author of the book Meatonomics about the economics of animal agriculture.
Dr. Kirk R. Smith
Dr. Kirk R. Smith is a professor in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, where he is the director of the university’s Global Health and Environment Program.