Episode 154: Cowspiracy

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products. Period.
— Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher, author, Mad Cowboy

In the past two decades, climate change (previously described as global warming) has been a polarizing and central topic in discussions both political and personal. Some look to governments and organizations to facilitate recycling, curb emissions and reduce waste byproducts. Others invest in individual contributions, like residential solar panels, composting and eco-friendly materials. But rarely do we think about the impact of food production on the environment. In 2014, documentary filmmaker Kip Anderson set out to explore the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. This week we sit down to discuss his film with Leland Holcomb. How have carnivorous habits been internalized on a cultural level? Could we, as a global community, alter our agricultural course for a more sustainable option?

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