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. It was good until they started justifying a point they’d previously argued against. You can pretend that you love animals, but what are you really doing about 740000000 of them suffering and dying young every year just because it “tastes good” I mean, how selfish is that? Especially when we have so many plant-based alternatives out there now that taste just as good if not better, which are far healthier for us anyway. At that point, knowing all of this and still eating meat seems pretty redundant and a cause for so much unnecessary suffering. You’re essentially just eating it because you’re used to being in a world surrounded by advertisements that tell you it’s the right thing to do. There was a time where we didn’t have a choice, but now we do. You can choose to further harm the world and create a better life for yourself and others, or you can choose to continue to be selfish and eat meat when there absolutely is no need to, which makes you a bad person. So yes, eating meat is harmful. I like the point of the video, though, because it tried to respect that people are intelligent enough to understand, but the makers know that most people won’t consider anything that is too different from what they’re used to, so they need to feel safe. But eating meat once a week still encourages the eating of meat. Some people get seriously addicted. Some people don’t want to sacrifice that much because they get a craving for bacon every other day. What if I told you that “fake bacon” isn’t as bad as you think it is? There’s a reason that certain foods were invented to taste like meat, or better than it. Some people are fighting for change. Those people are vegans. So the next time you think that a vegan is being “preachy” or just trying to “guilt” you, consider that the reason you feel guilty is because we’re proving that we’re right, and you just don’t want to admit that your lifestyle is wrong. Because eating meat is for selfish people. End of story 🤷🏻‍♀️

  2. I'm gonna be honest I don't care about cruelty as much as the pollution we cuase with them such as qpoa s are the worst they make so much pollution and waste

  3. I love your videos, but i have to call bullshit on that part where you say, that for 1 kg of meat you need 15000 liters of water. I speak as a cow farmer from Romania.

  4. It is very easy to judge, but in fact the food, meat, milk and poultry industries are always thinking about how to lower costs and improve the condition of animals to produce more and with advantages. But these companies produce food, contribute and evolve, but the rest of mankind only complains and demands without producing a change or alternative, and the egg is the cheapest and least harmful animal protein that exists, of a zygote of a selected hen genetically for many years to produce an egg for your breakfast every day, bread, cake, etc., they are in evolution to be able to detect the sex of the chick so as not to incubate it, the problem is that it is not known if it is female or male and must incubate even to determine even if it is fertile or not, an egg well placed in countries in great need could save many lives, and even the chicks ground are food meanwhile the way to detect the solution is found. You have to investigate before judging others, or I ask you a question, why don't you quit your job? Why doesnt your boss just close your office and leave a company die?, your family and even your dog without an income? These companies have been improving for generations, and they cannot stop overnight, they do more good things than bad, and the bad things they do are because there is still no better solution.

  5. if the amount of food goes low then food prices will go up which will mean farmers will make more crops and vegetable instead to make more money
    problem solved

  6. I lived on a farm for most of my life ,in that rular place we could not seal the meat we had (only profesional farms could) so everything we raised we would eat,but those animals had it real good ,our chickens had 10m² to roam our cow would roam on a river bed and she will go there and come back alone but the baby chickens got it the best ,the will stay inside where we had a lamp for them

  7. Yeah, why I stick with being a vegan weird boi. This is really all kinds of messed up, and that's putting it far more kindly than I'd rather say. The sooner factory farming is phased out the better. I'm also pretty sure people can make their together moments without meat while still having food that tastes just as good. Steak is "amazing?" Burgers "the best?" Chicken wings "taste great?" After a while, I stopped missing it. Your mileage may vary though. Kurzgesagt has mostly good advice: eat more efficient meat raised in decent conditions, eat less of it, and that's a start. I will add this: If you eventually go further and phase meat out entirely, that is greater still. Imagine a world where this doesn't need to happen. In fact, it's entirely possible and if humanity survives long enough there may be a first generation born to live in it. Happy dining, YouTube.

    It's good for you, and really good for the planet.

  8. Different them what from other vegetarians

    1.they arn't make who meat eaters as bad people.

    2. It is impressive to find a 'replacement system' of not regulat carnivorous culture at all.

  9. I like the sides this sees, meat is inefficient so we shouldn't waste time making it for consumption, but its delicious and people cant stop eating it so eat it with care

  10. Strange fact – i'm vegan but love Bob's Burgers. Humour is great, keeping animals in horrific conditions/treating them like things and slaughtering them mercilessly whilst they are completely aware they are being marched to their death…… i can't imagine this. It's grotesque. And wouldn't change my thoughts on this if they weren't self aware and aware they are going to be slaughtered. Sad life, it makes me cry every time. Not fair, not our lives to take. Wait til they die naturally if ya wanna eat meat. (EDIT: unless they're suffering. Humans shouldn't be made to suffer either.) It's heartless and soulless. If you don't see how the animals you're eating are treated, there's something horribly wrong. Even seeing them, saying awww how cute. Yeah cute that they're kept in miserable conditions to be cruelly treated and hacked up. I'm not perfect, haha no mofo ing way. I'm flawed to fook, but can't consciously eat animal product any more. It's soulless. Just think before you buy please. Thanks bye

  11. I'm so sick of meat eaters say they hate vegans. It boggles my mind that we have such entitled babies in out society who genuinely think we have to eat meat with every meal. Some of my friends only eat carbs and meat and its disgusting not to mention childish.
    We can get so many nutrients from different sources that are way more efficient than meat and taste great if you cook them well.

  12. Finally a comprehensive statistically valid reason for not eating meat beyond feelings. Cant wait for cloning to get to the point we can just create meat that was never alive to begin with. Then those fucking vegans can cease their incessant screeching.

  13. Did peta fund this episode or something??? Fuck me a lion in the wild will eat a Giselle’s intestines through it’s ass while it’s still a live.

  14. Kurzgesagt: We probably live in a time in which humans are responsible for the most horrifying, resource-consuming, unprecedented genocide.
    Also Kurzgesagt: HOWEVER STEAK IS AWESOME

  15. Bem,em relação ao assasinato de pintinhos machos,na minha opnião seria mais moral jogar eles na natureza a deriva do que mata-los sem necessidade.

  16. Damn. I was going to use kurzgesagt and its sites for a school project about something i choose. It was why meat is terrible. I look into the sources and its just wow. So many sources.

  17. Meat – it tastes amazing, it isn't unhealthily like candy (unless it's fried), and it has a lot of nutrients, Oh wait; it bad for the animals and stuff.

  18. It annoys me how the end of this still condones eating meat. It's like Kurzgesagt isn't even interested in their own facts and arguments…

  19. Pork meet is 'haram' you must dont eat . do you knew it eat have pork ok lets do an experiment get a coke and pour it on to pork steak and watch it eat goat cow etc. its better than eat pork

    Sory for bad english

  20. Since when does science have anything to say about morality? It's the other way around, morality has something to say about science.

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