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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.
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that’s also special,
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♪ Outro tune ♪

Randall Smitham

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94 COMMENTS

  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell Posted on February 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm

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  2. :delimiter_xf / Posted on August 8, 2019 at 10:53 am

    PETA Approves of this.

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  3. Dill Pickle Posted on August 8, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Nobody:
    Vegans: MEAT IS THE WORST THING

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  4. Stuffed Panda Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    ironically you are using bobs burgers character template on a vegan patriotizing video

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  5. chinese bullshit poster Posted on August 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    And if you can make it special again

    Me: poop?

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  6. Kinnereth Cancino Posted on August 8, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    thanks for your video thanks to him I became vegetarian

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  7. Guybrush Threepwood Posted on August 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    almost 20k dislikes now. I guess this channel is now getting bashed by large leftist groups and conspiracy idiots. because they hate science, reason, they hate meat, they hate large companies, they hate working people, they hate stuff beloved by the masses, they hate the masses, they hate society and the country that they live in, they hate money, they hate what you like…and the list goes on. they also hate that list btw.

    Reply
  8. iTz0nyx Posted on August 8, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Tbh I dont have a problem between eating meat and fruits n veggies

    A salad tho… uhh… no

    I'll eat some macaroni with som broccoli and som salted mashed potats and with some chicken aswell its good

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  9. Cs V Posted on August 8, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    When vegan watch this

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  10. Dapur Mama Gang Panda Posted on August 9, 2019 at 1:15 am

    For me, if there is no rice on the table, it isnt a proper meal

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  11. Dapur Mama Gang Panda Posted on August 9, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Vegan entered the chat

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  12. Dji Drones Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:41 am

    And this is why I am a vegetarian

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  13. luka K Posted on August 9, 2019 at 6:24 am

    In short: don't think with your stomach

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  14. Jordan Henke Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I feel so sorry for male chikelt

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  15. Jayvee Jacla Posted on August 9, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Thanks.. Now I cant sleep because of the poor animals getting killed every day 🙁

    Reply
  16. Derek Huynh Posted on August 9, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    I feel bad for learning the truth of what happens to farm animals

    Reply
  17. Albert Matubis Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    poor baby chicken, being birth only to die in a minute, pointless

    Reply
  18. TB Garcia Posted on August 9, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I'd like to propose a video: Why Meat is the Best Tool to Solve the Global Warming Crisis.

    Reply
  19. Gamer X Posted on August 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    This makes me sad because I would eat meat in large portions and never knew that we were making a very horrible trade to get it.

    Reply
  20. Alex Desilets Posted on August 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I'm actually fairly okay with the meat situation the way it is. I'm not some city slicker, I've actually killed my super before.

    Reply
  21. The26 Posted on August 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Looking forward to become a vegetarian.

    Reply
  22. Jeff Phetsanghane Posted on August 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    0:00 English

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  23. Andy Hutchings Posted on August 9, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Well.. I guess a minimum amount of meat like pepperoni on pizza is not that bad.

    Reply
  24. Thee Quinther Posted on August 9, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Theres such misinformation here btw

    Reply
  25. Matrix Dude Posted on August 9, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Plants also are living things
    And look to your teeth you'll see that god made them for both meat and plants not like horses or lions

    Reply
  26. Sanitäter Of tf2 Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Are vegans going to use this?

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  27. Doom2exe Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Love your guys stuff keep on keeping on guys

    Reply
  28. Mole Poopman Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Torchic ? Tauros ? Tepig ? and Mareep ? Pokemon livestock ????? 1:00

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  29. carlos velasquez Posted on August 10, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Juicy stake, yes please

    Reply
  30. Indonezja ball Posted on August 10, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Im lack of weight, what should i do?

    Reply
  31. Joël Bolduc Posted on August 10, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I'm watching this while enjoying a sandwitch with plant-based bacon. Hope enough people will buy into plant-based meats to make a serious dent in the meat industry.

    Reply
  32. Blicky Without The Stiffy uh Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I’m eating a Big Mac after this

    Reply
  33. Tha Jang Posted on August 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I will never eat meat again because I am angle

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  34. Tysenx The Lil Cat Hybrid Posted on August 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    The sacred seconds: 4:20

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  35. cristian rosi Posted on August 10, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Actually it's not true that cows should to give birth constantly, I had cows many years ago and…I never make them give birth, but actually…the give me milk, for cows, it doesn't work like human, so make some culture before talk about an argument, the reason because the industry make cows give birth, is for make veal

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  36. Deezy Posted on August 11, 2019 at 8:44 am

    "I'm not a vegan because I love animals. I'm a vegan because I hate plants"

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  37. Zoes Dada Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Just here to read the "since I've been a vegan" lies and other douchery.

    Reply
  38. Zoes Dada Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Just here to read the "since I've been a vegan" lies and other douchery.

    Reply
  39. Ailene Kava Posted on August 11, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Title: why meat is the best thing in the world

    Actual video: why meat is the worst thing in the world

    Reply
  40. A random person Posted on August 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    B a c o n

    Reply
  41. banna and eggs Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Ha people who makes you feel bad for eating meat or using it for everyday life cause they have guilt that they want you to have too so eat banna and eggs so the force between moral and enjoyment of eating prey is balanced lol

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  42. Grande Love Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I literally got a veggie sausage as before this 😂

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  43. SG Indian Slasher 444 Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Why do healthiest countries like japan eat loads if em'

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  44. Suraj Nag Posted on August 12, 2019 at 10:32 am

    In my family we eat meat once in a week. For protein we like to eat Soya beans. And some other vegetables. After watching this video i feel even once in a week feels bad.

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  45. Just a zombie Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:11 am

    My sisrer is a fussy easter -_-

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  46. Pyrox Posted on August 12, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Report him, copyright lololol

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  47. Rimmi Peepsicles Posted on August 12, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    It's not that we kill animals that worries me, it's the fact that we're selective and barbaric in killing them.

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  48. Lola Mermaid Posted on August 12, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    MEAT IS NOT THE BEST THING I'M VEGETARIAN AND I SAY NO WHY WOULD YOU EAT ANIMALS 🐵🐔🐶🐷 I LOVE ANIMALS AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH ME JUST COME ON WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO EAT ANIMALS 🐵🐔🐶🐷 <:(

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  49. keko keko Posted on August 12, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    In the future no one can feed the population with meat so we are going to eat bugs they grow faster nice rich nutritions and more painless kill

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  50. FWSIM Wolf Posted on August 12, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    and that's why I become vegetarian

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  51. BL1TZKRI3G Posted on August 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Just get a few eggs abd have free chicken nibba

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  52. raja thapa Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I have one question. Why are vegans vegan?
    Humans are humans. We will kill, we will eat, we are an animal species. Even if the cows and chickens are treated terribly, That's a bad thing sure, but so are, I don't know, literally anyone in a communist country. I was vegan for four days. I wanted to be for seven, but my family had enough of my vegan meals. It's actually pretty easy to be vegan, but humans naturally eat meat.Also I live for chicken and egg with my rice.

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  53. MadLane Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    anyone that cares about the animals is a weak small animal himself, we are humans we are the Gods of the earth so we do wherever we want. We should however try to improve the pollution problem, can't be that hard.

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  54. Mikhayiyl Mikhayiyl Posted on August 12, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    If we cut down our consumption per week, we can create pockets of the economy with gradually lowering meat demand. Word spread and communicated thoughtfully, we can eventually create better lives for our livestock

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  55. LeCutter Posted on August 12, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I imagine anything being murdered to be consumed doesn't feel it's the best thing in the world.

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  56. Zeytinsever Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Tip:
    You can get protein from lentalball or falafel

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  57. Xia Cheng Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    I feel like if you have a balance with greens and meats, things will be alright with ourselves. It's not necessarily wrong to eat meat but everything needs to be taken in moderation.

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  58. Jaxon Ryan Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Why are all the characters at the start from Bob’s Burgers? Has no one noticed?

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  59. HarveyWebby2001 Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:17 am

    People don’t care simply because they think so little of nature and think animals have no conscience and they know they can easily conquer them WE MUST MAKE A CHANGE DESPERATELY, people can only blame themselves if they one day ran out of food or if the earth halted to a stand still type of crisis

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  60. Michael Gusti Posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Feels bad… 🙁

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  61. Who took the last pizza!!! Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Well it’s not like the world is gonna stop…

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  62. MrKingy666 Posted on August 13, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Bobs burgers is awesome

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  63. Lokesh Yadav Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Guys don't you think about the poor animals which cannot say anything to you, you kill them away .. 🙁 If you have not given them life then you have no right to take it from them….. I feel ashamed, don't you???

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  64. Chara Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:20 am

    But if we only eat vegetables we will have to cut down more trees

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  65. Rapid strike 87 Rapid Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Maybe… maybe thanos had a point

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  66. Awad saleh Posted on August 13, 2019 at 11:31 am

    😓😣😣😢😢😢😢

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  67. SCODI OFFICER:001 Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Most Animals Exists To Be Used By Humans!

    change my mind😏

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  68. Sari Pus Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    you forgot fish

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  69. Uday Khanna Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Problem is America they industrialised everything .

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  70. Robin Kim Posted on August 13, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    it's fun to see triggered vegans and vegetarians in comment section

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  71. terrible . kliemos Posted on August 13, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    One of the best Youtube Channel i ever seen

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  72. Angel Ghost Posted on August 14, 2019 at 1:01 am

    I have to face it humans are destroying their own home and being jerks to all the other living things. One day we will either die because of wars, pollution, gasses, lack of resources, or something else. Or colonize other planets killing more living things and just repeat that until everything dies including us even killing each other. So basically we'll die and make a ton of things die with us for no reason. (I'm not an expert).

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  73. jayden zhang Posted on August 14, 2019 at 1:44 am

    How we got the title of second deadliest being

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  74. onlyvirly2c Posted on August 14, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Well I knew it humans are killing the world

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  75. Jacqueline Colette Posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    SO GLAD I FOUND THIS VIDEO! maybe the visuals will help people understand how raising animals takes more resources since I apparently can’t explain it properly and get the point across. Lol.

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  76. Geoff Martin Posted on August 14, 2019 at 8:50 am

    i would take a cheeze burger over earth besides we would destroy it anyway with bombs

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  77. Kiritsugu Emiya Posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Well human is already a gray existence, why stop now?

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  78. pato potato Posted on August 14, 2019 at 10:44 am

    eeeee earth is dying ☹️

    pollution, deforestation

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  79. ddas aabce Posted on August 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Capitalist cant eat all of his food, when communist has no food.

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  80. Sait Ahmet Ayyıldız Posted on August 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Meat eat.
    Because it so teasty.

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  81. Nikita 98K Posted on August 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    We should become vegetarians.

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  82. kandel anmol Posted on August 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    how many of you are eating meat watching this video😂😂

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  83. Om Gogri Posted on August 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Proud being a vegetarian 🤗🤗🤗

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  84. 이원수 Posted on August 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    when me want to eat meat
    mom: show this

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  85. Aaron Dimoff Posted on August 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Evolved massive brains from eating meat, criticize ourselves for eating meat after our brains have grown enough to realize how they got so big, fail to realize the irony. Sounds about right.

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  86. Josh Hawkins Posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    or just go vegan……

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  87. Andrew Posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I’m not gonna stop eating meat since I like it too much, but I get that it’s like plugging in a lamp to power a solar panel to power a fan.

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  88. Ultimatepronoob Posted on August 14, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I got a burger ad before this vid lmao

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  89. sämsta youtuberb Posted on August 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Warning for bad english

    .I know meat can make a person fat but it actually Dosent realy matter what you eat. if you eat much of something dosent move traing or have a activity that makes a person move then a person can be fat but this take time. We does aso need the things in the meat but to much is bad yeah a person will be fat.

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