Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

A Triple Play at the Movies

Save Yourself, our Animals, and the Planet

“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”

As we move a step closer to Earth Day April 22nd, here are a few films that entertain, engage and truly inspire change. Over these past several weeks, we have highlighted films that clearly demonstrate the escalating climate crisis, such as Before the Flood and Chasing Ice. From the personal story of No Impact Man to the broader lens of national security with The Age of Consequences.

This week, we have a triple play. These award-winning films not only speak to environmental issues, but share insights on the paradox of conservation, while raising valid health concerns. Can we afford to feed the world in same way, and at what cost to our planet? What about the ranchers and the fisherman vs the skyrocketing costs of livestock production? How is this sustainable?

“As I think about the farmers in our community and probably agriculture as a whole in much of the Midwest, I would argue that many of the larger scale farms are the ones on the cutting edge of environmentalism.”

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
An adventure down the Mississippi River, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman shares the stories of five representatives of a movement: a Montana rancher, a Kansas farmer, a Mississippi river man, a Louisiana shrimper and a Gulf fisherman. While investigating their work, family legacies and the essential geographies they protect, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman challenges beliefs around American and environmental values. These are conservation heroes, feeding the world, never forgetting the value of land and water.

“2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.”

 This is a groundbreaking environmental documentary that sheds light on one of the most destructive industries facing planet earth today. The filmmaker investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Studies show animal agriculture is a leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and a key to rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and many other environmental setbacks.

“If the whales are not endangered, if it’s sustainable, why should we stop.”

The Islands and the Whales
A filmmaker turns aims the camera on the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands with The Islands and the Whales, which won the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize and the Hot Docs Emerging International Filmmaker Award in 2016. The traditional hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in whales, seabird populations and anti-whaling activists. The film explores the growing tensions between the environment, health, tradition and a people’s culture.

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About the Author:
Jon Fitzgerald is the Founder of Cause Cinema, connecting audiences to the best in social impact Cinema. He is also the author of Filmmaking for Change.