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Is Meat Really that Bad?

  • Publicado em 29 Nov 2021
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    Food is arguably the best thing about being alive. No other bodily pleasure is enjoyed multiple times every day and never gets old. It is an expression of culture, our parents' love and a means of celebration or comfort. That’s why it hits a special nerve when we are told we should change what and how we eat to fight rapid climate change. One of the most delicious foods, meat, gets the worst press. It doesn’t help that the topic is really hard to properly research yourself and debates get emotional quickly. But clearly science can give us an answer!
    The reality is, well, it’s complicated. Let’s take a look at three climate arguments against meat that are used a lot and see what happens.
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  • Vian Abdullah

    Not having dislikes means I can't really tell how well-received this video is. Which sucks because this is such a heated topic.

  • Janet Dixon

    I was surprised that the environmental repercussions of eating fish wasn’t discussed also. I’m genuinely curious!

  • Sam Spencer

    You need to do a video on artificial sugars. It’s so hard to find information and have any confidence that it’s not been tainted by sugar lobbies promoting their sugar free products

  • Ice Bird

    “The reality… well… it’s complicated”

  • Hawk
    Hawk  +512

    "No other bodily pleasure is enjoyed multiple times a day"

  • evilkinggumby

    it would be kool to see this updated to include the new trend of "factory meat" that is grown in labs rather than from livestock. Would this alternative have a better carbon footprint, or worse?

  • fudgesauce

    One thing to keep in mind: you don't have to go 100% vegan or vegetarian ... it isn't all or nothing. If you replace beef with pork or chicken, great. If you eat meat less often or have smaller portions, great. That all helps. I have changed to a mostly vegetarian diet but when I get Thai food (a couple times a month) I opt for chicken. If I'm eating with others and we are sharing food, I'll have what they're having, no fuss about insisting on vegetarian options.

  • Fuzzy Gecko

    Id love to hear your thoughts on permaculture food raising. You use the same bit of land to raise tree and shrub produce as well as annual crops beneath those and use animals to graze that down and keep limbs high on trees. That keeps disease down in the plants and the grazing helps fertilize the soil. By rotating the animals (beef or otherwise) you keep over grazing down and using multiple kinds of animals helps to keep grazing even so no one kind of plant gets over eaten. This method stops tilling, which keeps erosion down. All the trees (if mixed and not in monoculture rows) helps boost diversity and encourages insect and wildlife. This means almost no need for fertilizing or pesticides. That means no toxic run off and the soil grows dark and healthy as it catchs lots of carbon.

  • William Langdon

    This video was very informative, and I would also love to see not only the CO2 emissions but also the impacts of water usage in agriculture, plastic waste, and as somebody else said, the impacts of fish

  • lazy English

    I love the balance of objectivity in representation contrasting with personal passion and ideology that drives your work. You make the reality of things easy to digest, provide motivation to work on not being perfect, but being better than your past self. Sharing the realization that we as individuals can shape our future, and providing a platform for us to engage with a community willing to accept gaps in knowledge, intent with being proven wrong, humble enough to say so, and driven enough to act with humanity beyond the standard of short term economically stubborn and traditional forms of action that have taken place beyond historical record nation to nation. You help alleviate the loneliness of self and constitutional segregation by speaking up for those ashamed and scared to state their age old observations. I appreciate nothing more than uninhibited understanding of what good we've done that brought us here, made me who I am, while pondering on our failures, learning, correcting, and invisioning a future free from predatory pride in preconcieved lies, conceited victory born of slander and bribes, comfortable conformation, over freedom for fear of loss, blinders on, a prison in a disguise.

  • Michael Stephenson

    I am glad that they acknowledged the useless land. I know that near where I live we have hundreds of square miles of useless desert that is designated as “cattle land”, even though it’s rarely used for grazing.

  • Josh Sharp
    Josh Sharp  +136

    Some other important aspects of this issue are water consumption and animal waste especially in CA. local grass fed beef uses less water and the cow waste is able to be processed by the soil. CAFOs (with cows eating farmed plants) use swimming pools of water for a couple servings of beef and the cows waste is often dumped into water systems where it causes pollution and even toxic algae blooms

  • Atakan Mercan

    I like that you guys actually did not hide the fact that factory meat production is actually better than locally. I'm still against harsh conditions in factory meat production but it is actually pretty nice that you actually showed us the truth

  • Juanri Tanjaya

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  • Kellyesan
    Kellyesan  +10

    Can I just say that I love the kind of people that these Kurzgesagt videos bring together? Even in disagreement, most of the conversations in the comments are open-minded and respectful. It really gives me hope.

  • Michelle

    Always enjoy your videos - I become much more educated and I feel like I can add more information with these kind of discussions due to your videos!

  • Emma
    Emma  +189

    Thank you for always presenting information so objectively! (Subconscious) insecurity around meat eating leads to a lot of conflict so it's great to see the pure facts without pride getting in the way.

  • Ricky Ly
    Ricky Ly  +24


  • Just Some Guy without a Mustache

    “Food is arguably the best thing about being alive”