Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔

Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔

Humans love meat. Steak, fried chicken, bacon, pork belly, and sausages
are just the best things! Eating meat has become so
trivial that many people don’t consider something a proper
meal if there’s no animal involved. Which is pretty amazing, since only a few decades ago
meat was a luxury product. Today, you can get a cheeseburger
for a dollar. Paradoxically, meat is pretty much the
most inefficient way of feeding humans. If we look at it on a global scale, our meaty diet
is literally eating up the planet. Why is that, and what can we do about it,
without giving up steak? ♪ Catchy intro tune ♪ Humans keep a lot of animals
for food: Currently about 23 billion chickens, 1.5 billion cattle, and roughly 1 billion pigs and sheep. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, so we’ve transformed earth into a giant feeding ground. 83% of its farmland is used for livestock. For example as pasture, and to farm fodder crops;
like corn and soy. That’s 26% of earth’s total land area. If we include the water we need
for these plants, meat and dairy production accounts
for 27% of global freshwater consumption. Unfortunately; meat production is like
a black hole for resources. Since animals are living things, most of their food
is used to keep them alive, while they grow their tasty parts. Only a fraction of the nutrients from fodder crops end up in the meat we buy in the end. Cows, for example,
convert only about 4% of the proteins and 3% of the calories of the plants we feed to them
into beef. More than 97% of the calories are lost to us. To create one kilogram of steak, a cow needs to eat up to 25 kilos of grain and uses up to 15,000 liters of water. Animal products are guzzling up tons of food, but they only make up 18% of the calories humans eat. According to projections, we could nourish
an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals. To make our favorite food group
even more unsustainable, about 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions
caused by humans, are created by the meat industry; as much as by all ships, planes,
trucks and cars combined. And… there’s another aspect to meat: It comes from actual living beings. Pigs, cattle and chicken are not the ones
writing the history books, but if they were, humans would appear
as rampant genocidal maniacs, that thrive on suffering. Globally, we kill about 200 million animals every day, about 74 billion a year. This means that every one and a half years, we kill more animals than people have lived
in the entire 200,000 year history of humanity. One could argue that we’re doing them
a favor: after all,
they wouldn’t exist without us. We might eat them in the end, but we also provide food and shelter, and the gift of existence to them. Unfortunately, we’re not very nice gods. A lot of our meat comes from factory farms: huge industrial systems
that house thousands of animals. Engineered to be as efficient as possible, they have little regard for things like quality of life. Most pigs are raised in gigantic windowless sheds, and never get to see the sun. Sows are kept in pens too small to turn around, where they give birth to one litter of piglets after another, until it’s their turn to be turned into bacon. Dairy cows are forced to breed continually
to ensure their milk supply, but are separated from their calves
hours after birth. To fatten up beef cattle for slaughter,
they’re put in feedlots: Confined pens where they can’t roam
and put on weight more quickly. To make it possible to keep them so tightly together
without dying of diseases, the majority of antibiotics we use are for livestock: up to 80% in the US. Which helps in the short term,
but also fuels antibiotic resistances. But the ones that may have got the worst deal
are chickens. In factory farms, they’re kept in such vast numbers and so close to each other, that they can’t form the social structures they have in nature, so they start attacking each other. To stop that we cut their beaks and claws. Male chickens are deemed worthless: since they can’t lay eggs and are not suitable
for meat production. So within minutes after birth,
they’re usually gassed and shredded in grinders. Several hundred million baby chickens
are killed this way each year. Even if you had a personal score to settle with chickens, how we treat them is beyond broken. So, better buy organic meat
where animals are treated nicely, right? Organic farming regulations are designed to grant animals a minimum of comfort. The problem is that “organic” is an elastic term. According to EU regulations, an organic hen still might share
one square metre of space with five others. That’s a long way off from happy farmyard chickens. Farms that sincerely do their best
do exist of course, but meat is still a business. An organic label is a way
to charge more money, and countless scandals
have revealed producers looking for ways
to cheat the system. And while organic meat might be less cruel, it needs even more resources
than conventional meat production. So, buying organic is still preferable, but does not grant you moral absolution. The truth is,
if suffering were a resource: we would create billions of tons
of it per year. The way we treat animals will probably be one of the things future generations will look down on in disgust. While all these things are true,
something else is true too: Steak is amazing; Burgers are the best food; Chicken wings taste great. Meat satisfies something
buried deep in our lizard brain. We hardly ever see
how our meat is made: we just eat it and love it. It creates joy, it brings us together for family meals
and barbecue parties. Eating meat doesn’t make you
a bad person. Not eating meat doesn’t make you
a good one. Life is complicated
and so is the world we’ve created. So, how should we deal with the fact
that meat is extremely unsustainable, and a sort of horrible torture? For now, the easiest option is opting out more often. Taking a meat-free day per week
already makes a difference. If you want to eat meat produced
with less suffering: try to buy from trusted producers
with a good track record, even if it costs more. To make an impact on the environment: go for chicken and pig,
rather than lamb and beef, as they convert their feed
more efficiently into meat. And if you’re going to have your steak:
you should eat it too! An average American throws out
nearly a pound of food per day, a lot of which is meat. In the future, science could get us clean meat. Various startups have successfully
grown meat in labs, and are working on doing so
on a commercial scale. But solutions like this
are still a few years away. For now, enjoy your steak, but also respect it. And if you can: make it something special again. We have something else for you
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100 thoughts on “Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔

  1. Funny, I see thousands of acres of land used for cattle, I believe we are receiving a small portion of what is actually happening

  2. Well let me tell you something. The environmental part is the only thing that matters. Morals aren't real. They're just your justification for your lifestyle. In nature, the predator doesn't show mercy. True, these are creatures we consume, but who's to say if they were released into the wild they wouldn't be mercilessly slaughtered by wolves? Factories are built for efficiency, we're not treating animals bad just because we're mean.

  3. These images are too PG to make a real difference. I'd reccomend watching Earthlings, free on YouTube. Educate yourself.

  4. Oh no, the poor animals

    Yes, let us kill more plants instead, that's a moral equivalent that won't make me sound stupid

  5. This makes me mad y'all didnt do enough research to be able to talk about this BUY FROM YOUR LOCAL FARMERS look at the regulations. As a ffa half of this is bullshit

  6. Meat is the worst thing in the world eh? What about terrorist groups? What about cancer and other life threatining diseases? What about the very nature of death itself? I think you are being dramatic just to get views. Or maybe I am just being a pretencious asshole.

  7. Hola; no entiendo que tiene que ver los animales y su consumo humano con los productos que ustedes manejan? Agradezco resolver la inquietud,

  8. I think I am doing the best out of all of you cause I barely even eat foo6
    Disclaimer: it's a joke but I am a picky eater

  9. In the past I have enjoyed these videos. This is very heavy handed. You cannot honestly the rate and put down people for the first majority of the video only to say it doesn’t make you bad. Nonsense and hypocritical.

  10. But, this is not for every country. Fks. Norway, where I live. I can’t releate. Not that’s it’s super good, but better

  11. Am I the only one eating meat?
    And I am perfectly healthy.
    I’m lost weight and get all my vitamins and minerals.
    And I don’t get as sick, as I did when I was vegan.
    Imagine if you where a salad and someone just ripped you out of your comfort place, and sprayed you with chemicals and stuff to keep you alive, and killing innocent insects that just want to eat and honeybees that get the chemicals on them.

    That’s what a vegan would say.

  12. we need less humans and more animals
    or canibalism if that ever becomes legal witch it wont

    life is depressing need cows

  13. I think we should just drop mcDonalds, KFC, BurgerKing etc and I'd be quite happy. Then switch to vegetarian options for maybe 4/7 days a week, this would at least soften the blow

  14. I became a vegetarian at the start of October after this video came out. I was just going to try it for a month. Then it passed, then I was going to do it until the end of the year. Now I've been vegitarian for nearly a year. I want to become vegan but it's very hard. – Do whatever you can, meat-free days or something like that. Anything you can to reduce your footprint.

  15. And now we have Beyond Meat products in grocery stores and in fast food restaurants like Tim Hortons and A&W! The burgers taste great, have nice grease on the BBQ and I personally can't tell the difference between it and the real thing! Even my carnivore dad likes them! The Beyond Meat burgers are expensive though, $8 CAN for only two patties at the grocery store! However, it doesn't cost more in restaurants. I do like opting for Beyond Meat more and more often, and I hope the price eventually goes down so that my grumpy, carnivore dad won't grumble about the price.

  16. Then, as you said… we should be a vegetarians!? (Sorry if i insulted you or the society's channel but the meat is the best, sorry if am i wrong, don't take this matter seriously ) 👌

  17. This is the first explanation of how eating meat can cause bad effects to the earth I have seen. Usually when a vegan talks to me, they're just as bad as Christians telling me I'll go to hell for not worshipping an invisible man in the sky.

  18. I just wanna know why they throw away left over food I mean I can eart that please Plesse I ama despaewrate for food

  19. "To grow their tasty parts"
    Why did that remind me of cant wait to pop one of those juicy balls into my mouth from far cry 5

  20. I don't understand how some people throw away so much food, I eat mostly meat and I don't let a single muscle go to the trash why throw away something that you love and is so delicious. also why do some people freak out when they think about where meat comes from, meat comes from animals that we butcher yet imagining this is "disturbing" for most people I know; when I was a kid I sometimes got to play with and pet the animals I ate the day before, and I've been to giant slaughter houses with the dead cows, pigs, and lambs hanging from hooks. I think its ridiculous that people feel uncomfortable with thinking about or knowing the animal whose meat they are eating, its disrespectful to the animal to belittle its death as an unpleasant thing to be forgotten while eating its sacred mortal gift. Then again maybe I'm just odd because I was used to seeing dead animals and paying my respects to them growing up.

  21. You know, this video is sad but me not eating meat isn't going to stop meat eating so sorry I'm going to get a pepperoni pizza

  22. I like meat so I’m never going vegan but there’s definitely better ways we could go about farming techniques

  23. I knew this would be preachy but at least, like all their videos, they do show both sides. I'm super impressed with how the authors of this great series try and be fair and balanced 😁

  24. 0:31 "Literally"? Yeah, I don't think an abstract concept like diet hast a mouth, a stomach and I'm sure it's not able to eat whole planet.

  25. This video: Why Meat is the best worst thing in the world

    Vegans perspective: why meat is the worst thing in the world

  26. So here's the question then. WHY can I buy skinless boneless chicken breast for 2$ a pound, but 1 pound of spinach will cost me…… 3 dollars? If meat is so inefficient, turning only 2% of the plants' resources into nutrients in the meat, why isn't the chicken 50 times as expensive?

  27. Why do they grind male chickens? Can't they just keep them alive? And also, I just really hope that lab meat comes early

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