Holy Cow

Holy Cow

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Holy Cow is as a wake-up call to one of the most serious environmental problems: the livestock industry, which today generates more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation. With global prosperity and the subsequent rise in meat and dairy consumption, the livestock sector has turned into a proliferous machine, which comes with a very steep price for our planet. Animal agriculture is responsible for enormous land and water degradation: forests are turning into pastures, species are losing their habitat, and the water is being polluted. Furthermore, the livestock industry requires huge amounts of water to produce meat, large quantities of corn to feed the animals, and a significant volume of fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones, to treat the land and the animals, all of which affect humans. Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are among the main contributors to global warming and the environmental degradation of our planet. While cows and other livestock release methane gases as a result of their digestive process, manure also produces nitrous oxide as it decomposes. Gravitating on a vicious circle, the high demand for animal products generate increased for animal breeding, livestock feed cultivation, and more animal wastes, resulting in an escalation of greenhouse gases. Changing the food system and using innovative technology in agricultural practices to reduce gas emissions are urgent actions needed to fight climate change. As an artist, by removing e-waste from the waste stream and utilizing it as part of my work, I am contributing to lessening its environmental impact. By using these materials, I induce the viewer to think about how technology can be both a contributor to environmental problems and, at the same time, an enabler of solutions. Ultimately, my art is about creating awareness and engaging the public in conversations about our ecological and social responsibilities, while helping them make the connection between art, technology and sustainability.