“Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet,” looks at how meat has damaged the planet, synthetic meat and how agriculture could be changed for the better.
George Monbiot, an environmental activist and vegan, made the film to expose the meat industry and share new methods for producing meat. In the documentary, Monbiot visits scientists in Helsinki that create food made from bacteria and water. The company, Solar Foods, claims they can supply protein to anyone.
Monbiot says in the film that half of the United Kingdom’s land surface is used for livestock and grass. Replacing traditional animal products with protein made by Solar Foods would use less emissions and water, according to the filmmaker. In a Guardian opinion article released the same day as the film, Monbiot writes that lab grown food will replace traditional food.
The United Nations has warned us that we need to reduce our dependence on meat. They also urged people to reduce their dairy and meat intake by opting for more plant-based foods as one way to take climate action.
There are multiple scientific articles forecasting reduced food and water availability in the coming century. Lab grown meat could be one of the solutions moving us forward.
Apocalypse Cow aired in the United Kingdom on 8 January 2020.
Original source: www.onegreenplanet.org