GASTROFÍSICA | ¿Deberías Comer Carne?


Should you eat meat? No. I dunno, it’s up to you. A few months ago the media
made a whole fuss because apparently the UN had said
that MEAT BAD and that it contributes to climate change.
The report in question is this special report from the Intergovernmental Panel of
experts on Climate Change (IPCC) about the relationship between
climate change and earth. And I’m not talking about planet Earth, but like, actual earth. (why do i have to get into these shenanigans) Anyway, having cleaned the table,
that’s what the report’s about: how we use land, the soil we’re on,
and how climate change affects it. I’m not gonna get into whether
climate change is real and whether it’s our fault, because I’d say that’s been proven beyond
any reasonable doubt, and anyway I think QuantumFracture explains it
much better than I do. At this point, the truly important question is what can we do to avoid
things getting out of hand, and that’s the main reason behind
IPCC reports: summing up all available scientific literature
about how climate change affects our lives and see what we can do about it. And well, I say “summing up”,
but the full report is actually… 1500 pages long. However, we’re gonna forget about this beast
and focus on one single chapter: Food Safety. Food is no small topic.
Not only we directly depend on food (I mean, I dunno about you, but when I go
several days without food, I literally die) but, on top of that, agriculture and livestock
account for half of all the ground we step on, and food production is responsible for like
20% of global emissions of greenhouse gases. I should also say that these activities
also help sequester carbon, they help taking it out of the atmosphere,
but one thing doesn’t negate the other! It’d be really cool if we emitted
less greenhouse gases, in general. The thing is that the IPCC proposes
diferent courses of action to manage land and food production
more eco-friendly-ly, and that’s gonna be crucial to cushion down
the effects of climate change, but most of us aren’t landowners,
we can’t directly decide on how land is managed, so what can we do?
To answer that, the report has this section titled “Demand-side
mitigation options”. Or, plainly put: “What Can Normies Do” And what can normies do?
Well, summing up the summary: FIRST – Eat locally produced
seasonal foods. This is obvious: the lower the effort needed
to bring food to your plate, the better. Imagine, for example, that we decide not to eat…
I don’t know, let’s invent something… Nepali mangoes in winter, for example. First, we’d save the fuel and energy needed to bring the fricking mangoes from fricking Nepal,
but we would also save all the energy, heating, water…
All the effort needed to grow them in greenhouses out of season. This isn’t only our duty,
we’re not saviors of the world. Supermarkets and enterprises
have a big responsibility here. Our role as consumers is to press them
by reducing demand for these products. SECOND – Reducing food waste. A big part of the edible food
we produce ends up getting completely wasted
for various reasons, be it us forgetting we have a bag of spinach
in the fridge until it’s TOO LATE, or factories discarding perfectly
valid food for A E S T H E T I C S or just a bad infrastructure for transporting it.
For example, in the US , a 34% of greenhouse emissions related
to food production correspond to food that will go directly to the trash –
nobody will be eating that. There’s not much we can do here as consumers
beyond eating our stuff before it goes bad after we buy it. This has more to do
with all the previous steps: how stuff is selected in farms,
how it’s transported, etc etc. But that’s what the report says
and I thought it was relevant. And THIRD, the proposal
everybody has talked about: making fewer animal products.
Eating fewer animals. Breeding fewer products. And I mean… It makes sense. Animals are harder to grow
than vegetables. To understand this, let’s imagine a world
where we completely cancel the livestock industry, a world where everybody is
THE MOST VEGAN. We wouldn’t only save all the land,
water, electricity and greenhouse gases related to dealing with those animals,
but we’d also save all the land, water, electricity and greenhouse gases
of growing food for those animals. We could even, I dunno,
use part of those resources we’re saving to grow crops for ourselves. Obviously, this is an extreme example,
this is a limit case, nobody is trying to cancel meat
or anything like that. The only thing the IPCC recommends
is that it’d be cool to lower consumption of meat (which in fact we eat more than would be healthy)
just so we can reduce meat production. And I’ve been saying “meat”
but it’s actually any animal-based product, it’s just that meat is the animal-based product
that contributes the most to climate change. And that’s why chilling down
on this whole meat thing is one of the strongest options we have
as consumers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in farming. Of course, eating less meat isn’t
the solution to all of our problems. It’s true that it can be healthier and cheaper,
and that it can pressure farming companies into reducing
meat production but ONE,
demand would need to fall A LOT for any company to make
a significative change in its production process. And SECOND, climate change
is a hell of a beast, and we’re gonna have to attack it
from several different fronts, and whatever we decide as a species
is going to have super important ramifications we’re gonna have to take into account. So no, eating less meat
won’t solve climate change. It’s true that it IS actually helpful,
but we also have to make economic and political decisions
on a social scale, as a group, because ♪ we’re all in this togetheeeer ♪ Anyway, we’ve always been told that
we live in a society, but we tend to forget that
we ARE a society. And we can take matters into our hands
and we can protest, and do activism, and VOTE. This is a gentle reminder for
all Spaniards that Election Day is November 10
and it’s important to vote! So, summing up: should you eat meat? I dunno, it’s up to you. As much data as the IPCC can give us,
it’s not a moral compass. In the end, the only one able to make
that decision for you… is you. You wanna eat less meat?
Great, I’m gonna do the same. You wanna keep eating as usual? What do you want me to say,
cool as well, at least you’ve watched this video, you’ve got the information and have all the data.
You know what I mean? Because in the end, the most important thing is
for us to get together and protest and fight as a team against climate change. Now, if you’ll excuse me,
I’m gonna finish this steak. Otherwise, what a waste of food
it would be! Hey there! Very small thing:
just wanted to say that this video has been complicated because climate change is a hell of a beast
and if you want more information because you’ve gone like “hang on, what did he say?”
I’ve left a public post on Patreon so you can read it all. The post itself will be in Spanish,
but most of the linked articles will be in English. It’s public, no need to pay, but if you really want to
read the post, let me know and I can translate it for you! Anyway, hope you liked the video
and have a great day!




Comments
  1. ¡Buenísimo! El vídeo, digo, no el bistec… bueno, supongo que el bistec también lo estaría… en fin, ¡que me ha gustado!

  2. Mi opinión antes de ver el video: Si es bueno comer carne, pero es una buena idea no comerla TODOS los días.
    Ah! Si lo ves en el sentido de la contaminación, comer la menor cantidad de carne posible es una buena idea. El ganado produce infames cantidades de gases de efecto invernadero como metano y requiere de enormes cantidades de alimentos. De hecho, si no me equivoco, se estima que más o menos la mitad de toda la cosecha del mundo es para alimentar ganado.
    ¿¡¿¡¿4:22 es eso una referencia de Jojo?!?!?

  3. Bajarle a la carne no es tan complicado, a menos que seas argentino o uruguayo (disculpen el estereotipo) puedes tantearle a la carne de una a dos veces a la semana, lo se porque mi madre no tolera muy bien la carne por algo de su colon y en sus guisados no usa mucha carne.

  4. Bueno, reduce tu consumo de carne, pero según yo también el ganado es alimentado con el forraje que deja la soya el maíz y otros productos, no sería bueno desperdiciar todo ese forraje, también viendo la economía, y según mi localidad sale mas barato sembrar forraje para el destino animal, porq necesita menos cuidados, mientras sembrar para el consumo humano sale más caro y tiene más cuidados, por eso aquí la producción se reparte entre agricultores y ganaderos, los ganaderos comprar forraje ya de despedício a un bajo costo y complementando con otros alimentos sacan adelante la producción ganadera, muchos podeis opinar de distinta manera, pero también tienes que ponerte en los pantalones de otros, y ver como es su realidad, lo recomendable es comprar productos animales que no aya sido procesado, porq toda esa carne viene de granjas que producen a escala, es mi opinion
    Buen video

  5. Pensaste que era unas espinacas que aún podrías comer pero no!!!!!
    Era yo, DIOOOOOOOOOOOOOO¡
    Dio el podrido 😂

  6. Me gustó el video, muy interesante. Raro encontrar alguien con una voz moderada cuando se habla de temas tan espinosos.

  7. Muy Buen dia para vos … te sigo desde Nicaragua.. todos tus videos me gustan mucho, tienes una manera muy práctica y divertida de explicar las cosas, Te felicito por tu masa gris 😄

  8. Nuestras bocas están hechas para comer tanto carne como vegetales, o sea que comer carne no es necesariamente malo, pero podemos no comer carne, aunque los motivos morales no me parecen muy lógicos porque, bueno, las plantas cumplen la función de relación, o sea que sienten, vamos, y, aunque no sufren dolor ni tienen sentimientos, sí sienten cuando las arrancas o rompes. Sí o sí, vas a comer seres vivos, pueden ser animales, plantas, hongos, o partes de una planta que se han caído de ella y, al ser partes de una planta, están hechas de células, que están, o estaban, vivas.

    Los motivos climáticos, puede que no sean los que yo crea, porque, al estar comentado, no estoy viendo el vídeo, pero lo que yo tengo entendido es que los pedos las ventosidades de los animales, especialmente los rumiantes, como las vacas, liberan gases de efecto invernadero y esto afecta a la atmósfera, o sea que, comer carne no hace nada malo, sino que es el propio animal que comemos el que lo hace mientras está vivo. Vamos a hablar de las vacas. Si dejáramos de comer vacas, las granjas no se beneficiarían tanto de ellas y les sería menos rentable criarlas, aunque como producen leche, lo seguirían haciendo. ¿Significa eso que debemos dejar de beber y comer (no olvidemos que existen el yogur y el queso) leche de vaca? No necesariamente. La leche nos proporciona muchos nutrientes y, si la dejáramos de consumir ya habiendo dejado de comer carne de vaca, surgiría un problema, ¿qué hacemos con esas vacas que ahora ya no les son útiles a sus dueños? Si las liberamos, se podrían reproducir en masa y causar daños al ecosistema, o podrían extinguirse debido a que no están adaptadas a la naturaleza. Entonces, ¿qué hacemos con ellas?

    Que alguien responda.

    Ahora, si todos dejásemos de comer carne, esto podría causar un consumo excesivo de vegetales, ¿sería el cultivo en masa una buena solución? En caso de que hayamos liberado a esos animales que antes teníamos para comérnoslos, podrían comerse nuestros cultivos, o quitarle el alimento a otros herbívoros. ¿Qué hacemos?

    Lo mismo de antes, que alguien responda

    Perdonad este Harry Potter y la orden del fénix, ejem, esta biblia.

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