The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment

The Heat

The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment

We’ve been warned about the dangers of high cholesterol and E. coli from eating meat and chicken, but less known is the danger posed to the environment.

Studies show climate change and water shortages are directly linked to the amount of meat we consume.

According to the environmental documentary filmCowspiracy, animal agriculture is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment pt1

The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment pt1

We’ve been warned about the dangers of high cholesterol and E. coli from eating meat and chicken, but less known is the danger posed to the environment. Studies show climate change and water shortages are directly linked to the amount of meat we consume. According to the environmental documentary filmCowspiracy, animal agriculture is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. The Heat invited on a panel of guests to discuss: From San Francisco is the co-writer, co-producer and narrator of “Cowspiracy”, Kip Andersen. From The Hague is the first elected member of the Party for the Animals, Marianne Thieme. She serves as a leader in Parliament.

The Heat invited on a panel of guests to discuss:

  • From San Francisco is the co-writer, co-producer and narrator of “Cowspiracy”, Kip Andersen.
  • From The Hague is the first elected member of the Party for the Animals, Marianne Thieme. She serves as a leader in Parliament.
The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment pt2

The Heat: Animal agriculture and the environment pt2

We’ve been warned about the dangers of high cholesterol and E. coli from eating meat and chicken, but less known is the danger posed to the environment. Studies show climate change and water shortages are directly linked to the amount of meat we consume. According to the environmental documentary filmCowspiracy, animal agriculture is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas with nearly 300 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Joining The Heat to discuss was also: From San Francisco, Nicolette Hahn Niman is an environmental attorney, livestock rancher and writer. Niman's latest book is called “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production.” From Sacramento is University of California-Davis professor, Frank Mitloehner. He chairs a UN project on the environmental footprint of livestock production.

Joining The Heat to discuss was also:

  • From San Francisco, Nicolette Hahn Niman is an environmental attorney, livestock rancher and writer. Niman’s latest book is called “Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production.”
  • From Sacramento is University of California-Davis professor, Frank Mitloehner. He chairs a UN project on the environmental footprint of livestock production.

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  • L.A. CHEFs Column

    Oh funny at the 4:17 mark of the second video where the interviewer asked Niman to respond to what “one of the scientist” Demosthenes Maratos (aka @nycVeganPunk) said in the film is that Maratos isn’t a scientist at all. I looked him up when I wrote my original review http://www.examiner.com/article/la-chefs-movie-review-cowspiracy-a-pile-of-imitation-vegan-bs and he’s an urban vegan community activist as well as the communications director at Molloy College with zero scientific credentials ..He especially has ZERO expertise on ranching. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has never even stepped foot on a working beef cattle ranch.

  • L.A. CHEFs Column

    In the second part, I was glad Niman noted how the filmmakers used outdated data in regards to deforestation. That’s because Richard “Ope” Oppenlander book does too and Ope was the stat adviser for the film. Two things that would be interesting to have added to the discussion would have been the growing Brazilian agroforestry movement reforesting areas of the Amazon

    ….and more importantly GreenPeace’s VERY large role in the reduction of deforestation rates including their soy and meat moratoriums which they quite literally got implemented despite death threats. bit.ly/1hBXoVw Considering all the things Greenpeace has done, if I was that organization I’d slap the filmmakers with a defamation suit. In the first part Kip once again went on to yet another show pushing his conspiracy theories slandering these NGO’s with what are very false and damaging statements.

    (Note too that Ope like Maratos is also misrepresented in the film as an “expert.” Ope is actually a DENTIST with zero academic or practical background in animal husbandry or agriculture. https://goo.gl/eYYJ1a He does own a vegan food company called Ope’s so he does benefit from having a larger customer base. Ope’s vested interest isn’t disclosed in the film).

  • L.A. CHEFs Column

    Oh funny at the 4:17 mark of the video where the interviewer asked Niman to respond to what “one of the scientist” Demosthenes Maratos (aka @nycVeganPunk) said in the film is that Maratos isn’t a scientist at all. I looked him up when I wrote my original review -see “Cowspiracy: Truth or Propaganda?”- and he’s an urban vegan community activist as well as the communications director at Molloy College with zero scientific credentials ..He especially has ZERO expertise on ranching. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has never even stepped foot on a working beef cattle ranch.

  • L.A. CHEFs Column

    I was glad Niman noted how the filmmakers used outdated data in regards to deforestation. That’s because Richard “Ope” Oppenlander’s book does too and Ope was the stat adviser for the film. Two additional things that would have been interesting to have added to the discussion would have been the growing Brazilian agroforestry movement reforesting areas of the Amazon…..and more importantly GreenPeace’s VERY large role in the reduction of deforestation rates including their soy and meat moratoriums which they quite literally got implemented despite death threats. Considering all the things Greenpeace has done, if I was that organization I’d slap the filmmakers with a defamation suit. Especially since in the first part Kip once again went on to yet another show pushing his conspiracy theories slandering these NGO’s with what are very false and damaging statements.