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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Discover the biggest issue in conservation today. This companion to the documentary Cowspiracy explores the impacts of the most environmentally destructive industry on the planet: animal agriculture. 

The award-winning documentary Cowspiracy presents alarming truths about the effects of animal agriculture on the planet. One of the leading causes of deforestation, greenhouse
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Earth Aware Editions (first published September 8th 2015)
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Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My mum handed me her copy of this book saying "everyone should read this". As always, my mum is right, everyone should read this book. I started at 5am (thanks to westbound jet lag) and was done by 14:00. I thought I knew about the environmental impact of animal agriculture, but I had drastically underestimated its extent, and I was astonished by many of the revelations here.

The text is well structured. Our narrator, Kip, tells a highly relateable personal story. He saw An Inconvenient Truth way
Wow I learnt so much reading this. Just over six months ago I sat down and watched a documentary called Cowspiracy and it opened my eyes to so much. The next day I went vegan. This book is the companion to that documentary and I learnt even more reading this!

This book covers all the topics involved with animal agriculture. The effects on the environment and on your health. It talks about how we are destroying our rainforests and oceans. It tells you what really goes on in slaughterhouses and dai
Jeffrey Spitz Cohan
If you liked the documentary “Cowspiracy,” and you like to read, then you will like this book.

That’s a pretty safe statement, because “The Sustainability Secret” is “Cowspiracy” in book form, nothing less and only slightly more.

In the format of a book, our friends Kip and Keegan could have delved a lot deeper into the subject matter, but at a mere 165 pages, they didn’t venture much beyond their truly excellent film.

But that’s OK. The facts and statistics about animal agriculture and the enviro
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unless you don't believe in climate change, you should definitely read this book. It is a very succinct summary of the ways in which animal agriculture are impacting our environment and it is well-referenced, many of which I was familiar with or looked up. I am an epidemiologist and the epidemiological work he cites is well-known and highly regarded. In general, these authors do a good job of translating the science into understandable facts. Here are several points the book makes:
1) Water is a
"You can change the world, you MUST change the world"
THIS IS SO SO IMPORTANT TO READ. PLEASE JUST READ IT TO HELP SAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET. I have learned so much! Wow animal agriculture has a HUGE impact on our planet. Why are all our forests disappearing? Why are animals becoming extinct? Why are our oceans, rivers and lakes polluted? Why are we going through global warming? Why are thousands of people starving every day? We don't have much time left. This book gives you all the facts about w
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway, first-reads
A very informational book. Already being a vegan and animal rights activist I already knew quite a bit of the information in the book. But there is a lot of info that supplemented what I knew and helped me gain a better understanding of what's going on with factory farming and all the other animal food industries. This is a great book for anyone who really wants to know about factory farming and what goes into producing meat and dairy. ...more
Tiffany Guthrie
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I believe everyone, from kids in school to adults, should read this book. It is very informative, and packed full of information that everyone should be aware of.
Marina Ramalho
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are wondering if there’s anything you can to help our planet at this point, I’d urge you to read this book. The documentary is also very good but the book gets into more detail and you have time to digest some of the data presented. Honestly, if you are planning to read one book this year, pick this one.
Matthew Krogh
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I'm not convinced about the conspiracy aspect of "Cowspiracy," Kuhn's story highlights a critically important variable of the climate equation in a deeply entertaining fashion. ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not being overdramatic when I say this book changed my life. There is no going back to my old ways after having read The Sustainability Secret - I have learned things I cannot unlearn, I have finally decided to care about the broken aspects of this world I previously tried to ignore, and through learning and caring I have been inspired to do something about my new understanding and knowledge of the way our world works. My childhood was spent on farmlands, eating animals and animal products ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Cowspiracy' has the perfect amount of complexity & information, storytelling & personal touch as well as a solid base of research. It's different from my beloved 'Eating animals', but it's so worth reading. In fact I believe it's THE book to read if you wanna know about the sustainability of different diets & all the environmental effects they have. It's also a really nice addition to the documentary.
I'm actually making this my new staff pick at work, so EVERYONE WILL KNOWWWWW.
Mike He
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cowspiracy is a must-read for those who can't live without animal meat for a meal. Hats off to authors Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn for courageously and assiduously exposing, based on convincing facts, of what seems to be the No.1 culprit of global warming climate change. ...more
Alex Wilson
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
An amazing book, but with some slight inaccuracies with data that I wish would be shown.

This book is an expose of the animal agriculture industry and the negative impact that it is having on the environment, but it is also much more than that. It also explains how animals suffer at our peril and are the cause of many of our current world problems due to the mass resources that they consume for small amounts of meat.

I really enjoyed the format of the book and I think that it is a great introducti
Amanda Papenfus
This book helped give me a nudge, maybe even a shove, toward becoming vegan. Prior to reading it I knew if I educated myself enough I would not want to eat meat anymore. I ate a lot of cheese and eggs and didn't think I'd give that up. But by the time I finished this book, I also realized that the best thing for myself, animals, and our planet would be to become vegan rather than stopping at vegetarian. It's been a little over a year, though a couple of holiday seasons, and while I've had dairy ...more
Felix George Elliott
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
sweet Lord, this book is a absolute gem. one of the most comprehensive, helpful resources i’ve ever come across on pretty much every aspect of veganism, with a particular focus on the environmental arguments.
read this w my notes app perpetually open - not 1 single page went by when i didn’t read something i immediately wanted to write down so i would remember it, to the extent that i now have a list of notes almost as long as the book itself. some mind-boggling facts in here.
this book should be
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having gone vegetarian ( and eat mostly vegan) nearly two years ago this book has I think pushed me the final bit. It’s harrowing, insightful, and everything you don’t really want to hear but deep down know is wrong with our current food system!! Please read and then mull it over... the ability for us to change the world is there not by buying a new car or flying less but stopping one thing. Oh and you might get a bit healthier.
Christina Summer
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book after watching the Cowspiracy documentary, both had a profound impact on me and how I live. I am grateful that this book helped open my eyes to ‘what I didn’t know, I didn’t know’. It really blew my mind to find out all these facts and to understand why/how some corporations (even governments) have such a powerful political agenda to keep these facts hidden.
Nikki Balzer
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Confronting. Its increased my 'to read' list by quite a few books. Would like to read a book with australian information. ...more
Nanna Stacey
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just validates all the reasons why I am vegan and proud.
Dîňêšh Shanmugam
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every human should read this book.. feel the pain of other living beings .. we are not the only one deserve to enjoy and feel the world..
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not being overdramatic when I say this book changed my life. There is no going back to my old ways after having read The Sustainability Secret - I have learned things I cannot unlearn, I have finally decided to care about the broken aspects of this world I previously tried to ignore, and through learning and caring I have been inspired to do something about my new understanding and knowledge of the way our world works. My childhood was spent on farmlands, eating animals and animal products ...more
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written well, published in a workable font albeit small type and small whitespace, and offering explanations for old information within a well organized structure.

My take away: Figure out the dietary fat thing. So much negativity and original sources tended to come before saturated fats were categorized separately from essential fatty acids (never mind dividing up saturated fatty acids into subcategories).

I am tempted to resume Dr. Wahls' nine-cup protocol.

[via friend's suggestion of the film Co
Kim Kavin
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read about the animal agriculture industry, because the author went on an honest journey of discovery, attempted to listen with an open mind to all sides involved, and then presented the story to readers in a way that is original. I can't imagine anyone reading this book and failing to make at least small adjustments in their own lives. That's one hallmark of a fine work of investigative journalism: It creates new understanding and spurs us to think, and behave, differ ...more
Jen Hagan
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cowspiracy documentary impressed me greatly with its calm, truthful exposure of the power and darkness of the meat and dairy industries, so I knew this book had great potential. It was well-written and well-researched and did not disappoint! Now I want to practice veganic gardening--even better than organic! Read and you'll see why, and you'll learn so much more about why we need to stop consuming animals and their "secretions!" ...more
The most important book i have ever read. Should be read by every high school student and adult. A non-fiction page turner ... an expose of the brutal animal Agricultural industry ... Don't miss the chapter on what goes on behind the doors of a factory farm ... Please see the new film Cowspiracy streaming on Netflix ... ...more
Jane Brewer
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
So I read this/watched the documentary and am not sure what to say. The documentary is good but the visuals in the book really help. The information is disturbing. In a way, I'm sorry I know this information because it makes me responsible now. What to do...what to do?

I won this through a Goodreads giveaway.
Ian yarington
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completely amazing, this book is enough to make a guy go vegan. I want to watch the documentary now and see how they compare. I always knew that cattle ranching was hurtful to the land but I had no idea to what extent the "cowspiracy" went. ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This amazing research project into food agriculture reads like a whodunnit and I want to know how it ends. Was left wanting more after the last page. But maybe we can't really face how it will end! ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am off the fish and dairy. guess I am vegan now.
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