Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World

by birtanpublished on August 29, 2020

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 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 is pasture and to farm photo crops like corn and soy that's 26 percent 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 they're tasty parts only a fraction of the nutrients from photo 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 percent 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 percent 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 baked dairy cows are forced to breathe 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 resistance is 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 grants 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 produce 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 as clean meat various startups have successfully grow 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 that's also

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