Project Description

Cover for the book, Meat the Truth. Features a person dressed as a pig chef's outfit.

Meat The Truth

2007 · Unrated · 1h 13m


Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change.

Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.

The film compiles the best scientific information on climate change and livestock farming, which is presently available and to translate this for a broader audience. The calculations on greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been validated by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources.

Well-known Dutch celebrities, such as Anthonie Kamerling, Georgina Verbaan, Henk Schiffmacher, Yvonne Kroonenberg, Karen van Holst Pellekaan, Wim.T.Schippers and Dolf Jansen, participated in the making of the Dutch version of this documentary, which has already been deemed better than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth by the science editors of the quality Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad.

In the meantime, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation has also produced an international version of Meat the Truth. This English language film is better tailored to an international public and uses calculations on the carbon savings that may be achieved by reducing one’s meat consumption based on American, rather than Dutch, examples.

Many well-known celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, James Cromwell, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, Esai Morales, Megan Blake, Debra Wilson Skelton, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery, Carol Leifer, Joy Lauren, Hal Sparks, Constance Marie, Kristina Klebe,  Skyler Gisondo, Graham Patrick Martin, Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Vaughan, participated in the making of the international version of the film.

With this documentary, the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation hopes to make a contribution to the societal discussion about a more plant-based and thus also more animal-friendly diet and society. Moreover, the Foundation also anticipates that the film will provide a showcase for prominent scientific reports about livestock farming and climate change, which unfortunately have thus far proved inaccessible to the general public.

About the Filmmakers

Meat the Truth was produced byThe Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation and directed by Claudine Everaert and Gertjan Zwanikken. Find out more about the film at


“The main thing I got from this movie is that one small change makes an enormous difference. This leads to other small changes which have even bigger results. We can damn near change the world by just taking small steps to changing what we eat. And a part of me says…that’s pretty fucking cool!” – Chirstopher Tydeman. “Meat the Truth: A Soulfulheart Movie Review.” 22 Jan 2014

“Anyone who cares about climate change or how our daily habits affect the planet should see this film.” – Mechem. “Mini-Review: Meat the Truth.” 22 Mar 09

“This is a good introduction to understand the link between livestock farming and carbon emissions. Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals in Holland) succeeds in highlighting to the public what other documentaries about climate change have missed: the fact that industrialized livestock farming is not sustainable for the Earth, for the animals, for the communities. I absolutely recommend watching this documentary.” – Francesco Anselmo, Amazon

“The meat industry as the number one cause of global warming is not informed to the public by the government. This documentary reveals this real “inconvenient truth”. Highly recommended for everyone who cares about our planet, each inhabitant needs to take action to save the earth before it’s too late.” – Spottedfire, Amazon

“Found this to be a very informative d.v.d. about just how much we can influence the health of our earth by the simple food chioces we make everyday….some fascinating points…well worth watching.” – Zorica Moro, Amazon

“I love this movie. Once I saw that 18% of carbon emissions came from animal agriculture I was done with meat and meat products. This is essential viewing for all who care about the planet.” – Kindle customer, Amazon

“While I still have no objection in principle to eating animals that have been fed on land that cannot be used to grow crops and are killed humanely, having seen the truly horrific DVD “Earthlings”, this was all it needed to get me off factory-farmed meat. “Earthlings” is such a threat to factory meat production that it is not surprising that it is not available on the open market, given the control that corporations have over the U.S. government. Meat the Truth makes it even more imperative that people confront global warming.” – Martin Hanson, Amazon


Cover for the book, Meat the Truth. Features a person dressed as a pig chef's outfit.

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