Are environmental NGOs cowed into silence about the industry most responsible for environmental destruction?

This is what I wrote for The Palm Scribe, a platform focussed on the development of the palm oil industry in Indonesia. 

“Suggest you watch the documentary “Cowspiracy” if you have Netflix,” said the cryptic message from a friend of mine in the palm oil industry.

I took his suggestion, watched the documentary that allegedly exposes the hypocrisy of the world’s largest environmental NGOs such as Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network in attacking industries such as palm oil, pulp and paper and mining for deforestation while steering clear of the biggest culprit of deforestation – animal agriculture.

There, in the documentary, officially called Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, is a lesson and a half for palm oil growers on how to deal with the likes of Greenpeace and the Rainforest Network.

But first a bit about the documentary.

Made in 2014, the thrust of the documentary posits an important question: Since animal agriculture is the main driver of environmental destruction (from the methane emissions, water consumption, deforestation because of land needed to feed and graze cattle) why are these NGOs not going after the cattle industry as they do the palm oil, pulp and paper and mining industries?

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Eat, Pray, Get Discriminated?

Unspun’s agnostic about religion, but cares about discrimination in any form. So when the makers of this film wrote to help them publicise their efforts, Unspun heartily agreed.

The subject matter is intriguing: What did the early Christians in Hindu-steeped Bali experience in propagating their faith?  From the title of the project it seems that they experienced discrimination, but in what form and of what severity?

Regardless of your religious persuasion Unspun thinks that this is a project worth paying some attention to so here’s what here’s one of the filmmakers Makrai Balazs wrote to Unspun. Enjoy.

DISCRIMI-NATION FILM
Discrimi‑Nation Project expands the horizon of the classical documentary style and the way we think about social discrimination.

The first episode explores the struggle and rise of Christianity in Bali.

To make this unique project reality we NEED YOUR HELP! Please donate a few dollars on our crowd funding site:http://igg.me/p/318488/x/2183743

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