Animal agriculture can’t handle this.


Hey everyone, thank you so much for c licking on this video. I hope that your 2020 has started off well. I thought that for the first video that I put out like this in 2020 I would do kind of a recap of everything that’s happening. Obviously with it being Veganuary, there’s a lot going on, but outside Veganuary there’s a lot of interesting conversation taking place about veganism and the impact that our lifestyle choices have on planet and indeed other animals as well. And so this year started with new data being compiled by a group called Kantar, and it did a survey looking at 30,000 households in the UK. They said that in January 2019 1.3 million people gave up animal products for the month of January back in 2019. Interestingly, Veganuary took those figures and those stats and they worked out that that equals about 3.6 million animals that weren’t consumed as a consequence. Now, I think is important to stay but these animals were still killed, you know the supply and demand chain wasn’t disrupted enough to necessary stop those animals from being killed at this point. But what it does show is that when enough people stop eating animal products, then it actually does translate as having a real world effect in the long run, because if we continue this trend for as long as possible, that will mean that farmers will stop breeding these animals into existence and I think that’s quite a good piece of news to start the year with. It also meant that there’s been a slump in the sales of red meat in the UK. And according to a statistic that was released also very recently this year, it said that last year in 2019 the sales of red meat – and also pork included within that figure – fell by £185,000,000 which is a huge loss for an industry in the space of a year. Actually, outside of the UK though is a statistic released in the Netherlands. They said that the sales of red meat had fallen by 9% since 2017, which shows there is a trend definitely happening. And now if we look at the signups already for this year, Veganuary have already had more signups than they did in 2019. There’s also the Million Dollar Vegan campaign as well who are also campaigning to get people to sign up to go vegan for the month of January. And just the Million Dollar Vegan campaign is at 125,000 signups. So when you pool both of those together, you’re looking at nearly half a million signups this year, compared to the several hundred thousand that took place last year. So we’ve got more signups consequently this year, which means the impact will be larger. And of course as we saw from that 1.3 million figure, there’s a number of people that are doing the pledge without actually signing up. And so it’s always hard to know what exactly that figure will look like, but what we can see from the trends is that it’s gonna be significantly higher this year as a result of all the campaigning and all the education and all the information that’s been dispersed as a consequence. Now I do think it’s important to mention something, which is that actually sales of chicken and fish rose slightly. Now, it wasn’t a huge increase, but there wasn’t increase there and that’s actually really troubling and really worrying, because I think what that does show is that particularly for environmental reasons, many people are swapping from red meat to say fish meats or white meat. Now the problem with that is the environmental and ethical consequences of buying those products is no different. From an ethical perspective, these animals are still alive. The numbers of them killed is actually higher in volume – significantly higher in volume – and so the suffering isn’t diminished by swapping to those products. In fact, actually it can be amplified because more lives are suffering as a consequence of that. And of course environmentally what we’re looking at with the oceans is devastating. The overfishing – or in fact just fishing in general – causes huge amounts of depletion, huge amounts of environmental degradation in the ocean, which is scary and very worrying. But even with chicken farming, which is often seen as a sustainable alternative, It’s quite apparent that that is not the case at all. In fact, when we look at the Amazon deforestation that’s taking place for soy farming, the animal who’s most responsible for that is the chicken. Of course for their meat also for their eggs as well. Because we important conservatively 1.83 million tons of soy every single year from the Amazon rainforest, which is equal to about 900,000 hectares of the Amazon being used to produce soy just for the animals in the UK alone with over 50% of that being fed to poultry, so chickens for their meat and also for those eggs – even those free range eggs that we eat. And so when we look at swapping animal products, we’re not swapping the amount of damage has been caused, because the damage is the same. Of course, it comes in different areas, but the environmental consequences are still the same really. And so when we look at making environmental swaps, the swaps shouldn’t be from beef or from cow or from lamb or for pig to chickens or to eggs. It should be from animal products to plant-based products and that’s something that we really need to emphasize this year, because the trends are very clearly showing that people are listening to the information. And so we need to make sure that information – the information that’s getting across – is showing the whole side of the argument. And it isn’t just saying that cows and sheep the problem because of course, they’re a significant part of the problem, but it’s also all the animal products that we consume that have an environmental cost that needs to be addressed. Now if you wanted a clear sign that things are changing and that the animal agriculture industries are worried, then there was a statement released by a – well it’s actually a collection of different animal agriculture organizations – and the statement that they made was this: They said that they’d vowed to reclaim January with a massive campaign that was gonna turbocharge the promotion of red meat. This is what they actually said: “There is a belief that the month is now owned by those who follow alternative lifestyle choices and set out to convert others while spreading misinformation and mischief about livestock farming.” This was said in response to the idea that the farmers or at least the industry in general is worried about the Veganuary campaign. They say that they kind of sit there and wait in trepidation, when actually they should take the front foot. I think it’s very interesting to note that they try and accuse us of spreading misinformation and also mischief. Because I mean look at the information has been spread, well, this is some of the most conclusive scientific research there’s ever been conducted. In fact, when we talk about the environment we’re talking inciting studies that are considered the most comprehensive analyses that have ever been conducted on the matter. Take for instance the one that was headed by Joseph Paul. It looked at 40,000 farms in 119 countries around the world and analyzed all different systems of farming from factory farming, grass fed animals, but also plant-based farming as well. And they said the single biggest thing that we can do is swap to a vegan diet if you want to lower our impact on the planet and to alleviate our personal responsibility on climate change. And I want to just state now before we move into the next bit that I think that the Veganuary campaign is amazing, not just in terms of what it achieves, but in terms of what it shows, in terms of what it proves that we can do if we believe in ourselves. So Veganuary was a campaign created by a couple – Matthew and Jane – in their kitchen. And they believed in this idea and they pushed for it. I think in the first year they had around 3,300 signups, which I’m sure at the time seemed amazing, but now, in just a period of time – a very small period of time, a number of years – it has exploded. Exploded in terms of the number of participation – hundreds of thousands of people now, of course, but exploded in just a recognition. I mean, it’s redefined the conversation here,
not just in the UK, but around the world. It’s not just this small isolated thing anymore. It’s actually a global phenomenon in that sense. And it’s not just the people signing up through Veganuary who are taking part. It’s inspiring millions of people to try veganism in a way that they wouldn’t have done before. Also, it’s encouraging industries and companies to bring out vegan options which makes it more accessible and easier for people that want to make that change. And so I think it’s really wonderful what Matthew and Jane, in terms of the actual Veganuary team have achieved in such a short space of time. And in other news, I wanted to keep this video really centralized just on what’s happening in the UK then talk about wider issues maybe in other videos. But there was an article released in The Guardian and it was released by an expert within climate science. And he said that in the UK we need to re-wild half of our farmlands. Now, for those of you who listened to me speaking during my Europe tour or maybe watch videos in the past, I’m a big advocate for the notion of rewilding, of returning farmland back to its more natural state. You know, whether it’s forests, woodlands, grasslands, whatever it may be. It just creates the more harmonious ecosystem by, well, taking out human interference and selectively bred animals and rewilding those landscapes. And so I just wanted to go through this article, not really in too much detail, but just read out some of the quotes and then discuss what it means on a bigger scale. “Half of the nation’s farmland needs to be transformed into woodlands and natural habitat to fight the climate crisis.” “Professor Sir Ian Boyd said such a change could mean the amount of cattle and sheep would fall by 90% with farmers instead being paid for storing carbon dioxide, helping prevent floods, providing beautiful landscapes where people could boost the health and well-being.” “Boyd said the public was subsidized in the livestock industry to produce huge environmental damage.” “If anybody asked me -” this is what he said “‘If there’s one thing I can do to help save the planet, what would it be? I would say just eat a lot less meat. It’s the easiest thing to do. I’ve done it.'” Now, I think this is a really interesting article and something that’s incredibly important. When we talk about sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, the best thing that we can do in terms of taking carbon from our atmosphere is to rewild these landscapes. Let me put this into perspective. In the UK, 70% of the entire land mass of the UK is dedicated to agriculture, with 80-85% of that being given to animal agriculture, which is an absolutely startling amount of land given to an industry, well, that doesn’t provide us nearly enough nutrition to justify its amount of land use. In fact, it does the opposite. It causes chronic illness and disease and because of the chronic illness and disease that it causes, it costs us as taxpayers even more not just through subsidizing agriculture, but indeed through healthcare and the NHS, so it’s costing us on every single element as a taxpayer. But in fact actually beyond just the money and the illness, we’re looking at the huge amount of environmental degradation that it causes. Of course animals produce huge amounts of emissions. They also require huge amounts of water, of resources, and of course arable land for feeding as well. And so if we took animals off these landscapes and rewilded it, not only would that provide us with the best defense we have in terms of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, but it would create beautiful landscapes, improving biodiversity and the harmony of the ecosystems that we all want to restore so desperately. Now there’s a quote in this article from Guy Smith, who is the deputy president of the National Farmers Union. For those of you who’ve seen the Dismantled Dairy campaign, you’ll be familiar with the name Guy Smith. This is what you had to say: “Urgent action is needed to tackle the climate emergency. British farmers are already some of the most sustainable in the world. For example, the beef produced in Britain is already 2.5 times more efficient than the global average. And we are committed to doing even more.” And of course, like I said, Guy Smith, the farm that he’s on the Companies House as owning, was documented by Surge as abusing animals, both sexually and also physically beating them, swearing at them, hitting them, just general abuse and violence – both legal and illegal. And so it’s interesting that Guy Smith is still seen as a reputable voice within the National Farmers Union when on the farm that he is down on Companies House as owning, huge amounts of violence and abuse were occurring. But that says a lot, doesn’t it, about the industry in general. Now let’s just talk about the comment that he’s left. I don’t think that there should be any source of pride in saying that the way that beef farming is done in the UK is more sustainable than it is and say like Argentina or Brazil. It doesn’t prove anything. Just because it may be more sustainable than in say Brazil where huge amounts of deforestation occur in the Amazon, doesn’t mean that actually it’s sustainable in this country. Sure, it might be more environmentally friendly than in other areas, but still objectively is hugely damaging for the environment. And this still doesn’t address the root the problem. This is what the National Farmers Union and the farmers always do. They’re not talking about the actual root of the problem. This article and the conversation is not ‘is British beef better for the environment than Brazilian beef?’ The question is ‘is rewilding and reclaiming these landscapes a better alternative for the environment than British agriculture or animal agriculture?’ That is the question. And yes, it is. Guy Smith doesn’t debunk the actual argument put forward by Sir Ian Boyd. He merely states that it’s better than in other countries, which to me shows very clearly that actually rewilding these landscapes, reclaiming them – of course is often, often cited and is so obvious as well – is far superior for the environment than grazing animals or using it for arable land to produce crops for animals that we factory farm. It’s obvious. As we look towards the future, this is a conversation that is going to continue and has to also be implemented as well. Now Guy Smith says that they’re “committed to doing even more.” Then show it. Take away those vested interests. Take away those ingrained traditions, those ingrained notions of what it is that you would like to do with your life and the the heritage of farming. Take that away, and look at the bigger picture here. The science is clear, and it’s also just obvious. Let’s reclaim these lands, create beautiful landscapes, rewild it. Now, I think what’s really interesting is that Guy Smith makes a point about animal agriculture being sustainable, but that’s not true at all. In fact, there was a report released last year that looked at the state of UK biodiversity, and had this to say: It said that in the UK we are ranked 189th out of 215 countries for biodiversity intactness. In fact, it said that 56% of UK species have declined since 1970 and a quarter of UK mammals and nearly half of the birds assessed are at risk of extinction. Does that sound like a sustainable system? Does that sound like British farmers are doing everything they can to reduce their environmental impact? Half of our birds and a quarter are mammals are at risk of extinction and the number of animals living in the wild has plummeted dramatically in just the past five decades. And on top of that, out of 215 countries we were ranked 189th for the intactness of our biodiversity. Doesn’t that just say everything that we need to know? That the system in the UK is not really better than anywhere else in the world. In fact, compared to many areas It’s even worse! And so actually the best thing we can do is rewild these landscapes. We can do that by switching to a plant-based diet, changing how we subsidize these industries, incentivizing farmers through subsidies to rewild landscapes and to store carbon in healthy soils and in rewilded lush areas of the world. So I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Hope you found it insightful. I think many great things are happening in terms of the conversation so far this January. We’re not even halfway through yet, so long may it continue. We have Februdairy probably happening in February, which will create even more positive conversation in terms of the vegan message. And it is just wonderful to see that actually there is a tangible change happening and the trends are very clearly showing that. Also a little side note at the end, there’s a big thing I have not mentioned in this video, which is of course what’s happening in Australia. The bush fires, the absolute decimation of landscapes and of course of just the insane number of animals being wiped out and killed as a consequence. And so I’m gonna make a separate video about that. I wanted to make this one just about what’s happening in the UK and we will look further afield in the next video, look at what’s happening in Australia and those bush fires and talk about what we can do what the science is showing and if there is a tangible benefit that we can bring through our lifestyle choice as well. But until then thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Keep going if you’re doing Veganuary and when January stops, keep going for the rest of your life as well. It’s the best thing that you’ll ever do, but I hope you’re having a wonderful Veganuary. If you’re watching this and you’re not vegan, then try it. Just sign up to Veganuary and give it a go and look at the science. Look at the science that I’m presenting, but look at the science that’s just being shown in general about what’s happening to animals. Look at the footage that’s taking place on farms, in slaughterhouses in the UK or wherever is that you live. Look at the science that’s shown it is the absolute best thing that we can do in terms of our impact on the environment and make that change for yourself, for your health, for the environment, and of course, for those non-human animals who have been murdered by the trillions every single year. Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed it and I will speak to you in the next video.

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  2. Been vegetarian and vegan for a long long time. Even before you were born. Almost killed me. Had to spend thousands and thousands to sort of recover. It’s not a good idea long term. You will eat yourself.
    Eat local food, and eat real food, that will make the biggest difference.

  3. 4 years vegan, but I don't have to count years anymore as I know it's forever. Next step in evolution folks! We are evolving to something better and now it is the time for change (before it's too late). So nice to read this comment section!

  4. 95% Of the world eat meat 🍖 you’re movement aint doing nothing people will always eat meat. Stop pushing your views onto other people. There’s children starving to death in this country and around the world. Don’t you think that’s something to make a big deal about. Who gives a shit about a few cows, pigs and chicken plus they taste unreal

  5. Ed, you have my vote for president! Being a newbie, since 19th December 2019, after 60 years, I only want to do what is right, sadly, so many years taking part in the cruelties, not giving a second thought, all I can say is that I am so sad, but at least still the rest of my life to make a difference. Thanks to all you longtime vegans, proud to walk amongst giants.

  6. Nicely said. Hoping the US does something similar with the land repurposing. I can’t tell you how many disgusting smelly lots of land I’ve driven by. Just wastes of land, with animals being bred to die. The idea of this being replaced by groves of trees and wildlife sounds amazing.

  7. I find it unsurprising that Joe Rogan has gone on a carnivore diet during Veganuary. I really think you should try to get on his podcast because he is spreading significant misinformation about veganism.

  8. I think we should be, rather than asking people to totally give up animal products, we ask them to give up as much as they can, and start a gradual process in swapping out as much as they can.

  9. I love the message you send out, and I want it to reach as many people as possible so I added English captions for this video in the community contribution and was hoping you could approve them so people can use them!

  10. Hi went vegan last year not January though tried the 22 day thing but am hopeless with computers so bin vegan on my own ,find inspiration in videos like yrs and joeys etc plus vegan recipes in line , but it's a pity it's me watching yr video I am. Already converted wish the meat eaters would watch

  11. Hey, Ed (or Ed's team), I was wondering if you would ever go on TV again to speak to Piers Morgan? I think your way of promoting veganism with logic, facts and tranquility is probably the only way left to get through to him and the likes of him. It would also give you tons of exposure and if you manage to do it right, it will be the good kind. I think he would more than welcome you to come on the show because I believe his outspokenness against veganism probably comes from a deep-rooted sense of actually wanting to understand. Imagine if he could turn that passion into a passion for veganism. Also I can't do it cause I'm not British lol

  12. I just wish vegan alternatives weren’t covered in plastic. That’s a turn off for me but that’s all good other than produce. It’s another environmental change we need to focus on!

  13. Thank you for mentioning Australia – looking forward to your video on it – we need more awareness and love to hear your insight into what more we can do.

  14. Much love from Canada, your effort is so appreciated and your value is so special I can only pray for your wellbeing as this battle will be a long one and intend to support you through what you choose to do.
    I want to add, however, that I encourage you to look into the science on anti-aging inhibition, but truly there's only SO much we can care about or pay attention to, so my two bits is recommending Dr. Nun Amen-Ra although his research requires a donation that isn't relatively cheap to the likes of chapter books. As his regimen allows one who deeply seeks life extension past the genetic clock to ultimately use the scientific facts to work and put hours on his wellbeing i.e. exercise, fasting, caloric restriction. It would warm my heart for you to be as healthy as can be, and truth be told we should all keep learning and changing, but only you can create your limitations, therefore all the best to you.
    I really enjoyed the video, can't wait to absorb your perspective and insight from the next video!

  15. I think people should be allowed to buy animal products only after seeing documents like DOMINION. To be honest, I am kind of emotionless but if there is something I really can't stand its animals screaming. I have no idea how people doing this terrible, terrible things to defenceless animals can go home like everything is okay.

    Ask yourself If any industry making billions of £ on people, do they act in our best interest or they just care about money?

  16. Just wanted to notify everyone about a person who calls himself "The Ethical Butcher" – he is absolutely insidious. He is promoting animal agriculture, saying it is GOOD for the environment if done "correctly" and I swear he is trying to steal Earthling Ed's aesthetic too lol. If any of you wanna go show you're dislike for what he is doing that would be great. We need to try and take down these lying scumbags who try to make animal agriculture sound like its so beautiful and natural and great for the planet. "The Ethical Butcher" is his name on fbook. >:(

  17. It is so encouraging to see so many people go vegan…Those if us who love God and meat thank you for leaving the good food us. We plan to stay strong and continue the tradition of taking life to thrive. Thanks.

  18. I'm really looking forward to what you have to say about Australia's recent bush fires because so far, everyone here still seems to be completely dodging the topic of what the main cause(s) are and it's honestly so frustrating to watch & listen to. 😐

  19. Ed what a beautiful soul you are. never stop being their voice. i'll always be by your side fighting for you here in the US. we are too far behind you UK folks.

  20. The nature of these people hasn't changed a bit in thousands of years. The Apostle John wrote about them in his Epistles to the Romans two thousand years ago.

    " For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever"
    Romans 1.25

  21. Rewilding is the greatest thing humans can do. It's also the least we can do after raping the planet for the past 5000 years.

  22. I didn't find Veguanary helpful. And on the third day, they used the term "wolf down" whatever meal they were recommending. This term really messes with me. I think food should never just be "wolfed down", but enjoyed!
    I left the group after that. Challenge 22 on Facebook is far more helpful!

  23. I have been eating plant based at home for about half a year now, but I really struggle to eat vegan when eating out with friends or at parties. I try to go to restaurants with vegan options but there’s not that many of them around and many of my friends don’t like the ones we’ve been to so far. When someone is throwing a dinner party I also find it difficult, I’ve asked closer friends if I could bring my own food before but it was always a bit uncomfortable. I’ve found it quite isolating. Does anyone have any tips?

  24. We tried Vegan for 3 months, then we did 6 months back to normal to compare with the same mindset. Overindulging in meat one of those weeks made me feel like crap and then I watched Gamechangers and also Dominion and now I'm back on the Vegan track. We grow these animals for consumption, we fill them with things to plump them up, the standards have fallen in the industry to keep up with consumer demand. Going Vegan is a noble choice and I'm glad we did it and thankful for guys like you Ed who are willing to have an honest conversation about it.

  25. When you said about the change from red meat to fish or white meat, that just made me think that maybe a trend has started where many people are treating Veganuary and veganism as a diet, and never looking into the ethical side of things at all. That is worrying if it's like that. It's quite common knowledge these days that the less animal agriculture there is, the better off the land is, Oceans too, because of the run off causing dead zones. Much less fresh water and land use means that nature can reclaim it, creating a brilliant and beautiful biodiversity.

  26. Do vegans eat soy products or corn ? Or plants from large scale mono cropped farms ? I don’t have a problem with vegans or vegetarians. I also think animals have to be treated in a human way and given the best life possible. I personally eat meat and I raise my own meat and give my animals the best life possible. I also respect all my food the same if I’m slicing a head of lettuce from its roots or I’m taking the life of an animal to consume. We all rely on each other for life, it could be the millions of living organisms in the soil that rely on the vegetables for the supply of carbon or the vegetables rely on the microbes for minerals and nutrients they can give the roots from the soil. So do the grass lands rely on animals to prune and trample the grass for the carbon for soil. We all live and we all die and we all kill millions and millions of living things to make it to the end of our lives. I think people need to come together and believe that everything on the planet deserves the best chance it can get. Mono cropped vegetable or grain land kills millions of living things and emits massive amounts of destructive chemicals to the atmosphere, water ways and soil. So dosnt the wrongful management of animals. There’s also a humane way to raise and grow our food. But always with death involved you can’t have living things if you don’t have death. So I don’t know who’s side I’m on or if I even have a side. I do agree we need to work to ridding the world of large scale factory farming. Plant based or animal

  27. So your saying instead of deforest to feed the animals we should deforest to feed you meat alternatives, where's the logic!

  28. Thank you for an excellent video updating us on the progress that is being made in the Vegan World. We need to expose the amount of subsidies that are given to farmers for their animal stock. It must be a staggering amount of money. We need governments to stop subsidising animal stock . Then we need governments to start subsidising crop production on a grand scale.

  29. England import alot not just soy milk
    And shows its not a very environmentally located population and concentrated population in london .

    SCIENCE

    So the guilt of some is forced on other countries so rest of the world need to pay for LONDON GUCCI LIFE

    Ed talks alot without thinking

  30. Hey Ed, thanks for your work and this video. It would be very helpful if you could link the studies you're quoting in the description box. Thank you so much 🙂

  31. If Animal Agriculture was completely phased out is there a way of maintaining the fertility of Soils without using artificial fertilisers which as you know are destructive on so many ways for the Environment,……. and this is not a trick question, i'm not trying to be a smart ass or anything but genuinely want to know, but i just wondered what Veg vegans eat as Organic produce is grown using Animal manures as are many non organic veg as well, together with a lethal cocktail of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and Herbicides, thanks.

  32. I actually want to thank the raw carnivores… the boys on YouTube who eat raw meat and drink blood because… why not…… I want to thanks them for converting thousands of people to go vegan by watching their videos and protests and realising how brutal eating animals really is.

  33. Here is the one thing you all vegans don't understand. You might be morally in the right but yall have to understand the human bodies differ in many intricate ways from one another. Some people will not do well with a vegan diet. You can say there's supplements and everything you want but in many cases that is not going to be enough. Vegan diets can be extremely unhealthy for some human bodies, don't be so stubborn. Killing the meat industry would only bring a lot of hardships to many humans.

  34. Hey Ed. Greate content. Ive been vegan fkr three month this friday. I started for health reasons. I never thought of the animals. I got curious as to why some people go vegan for animals. I started to agree. Now i agree that animals should not be used like this. But i have one question for you. Do you beilve that cows and pigs shouldnt exist ? Or should have sancurarys to roam free and feed of nature and die naturally. If we stop eating animals they have to go somewhere ? Is that to death or freedom ? They would die out if they were let free. But that counteracts the love for animals doesnt it ? Im just confused on what would happen to them after we stop consuming.

  35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBqTo9EJjQ . I've been a vegan for 37 years. People would ask what was a 'VAGAN'. They would mock and argue with me. Boy how things have changed. Veganuary has really taken off.
    While I am so delighted that being a Vegan has really entered the lexicon and more and more are trying animal free, cruelty free diets I hope people will take on board that a vegan diet can be as crap as that regular diet most eat – processed. So when going vegan remember plant based is what it is all about. For being a healthy vegan is to actually eat vegetables, pulses, nuts, whole grains and not go crazy over Greggs vegan sausage rolls or 'beef' pies. For plants are good for you……..if I look this good at 84 as Dr Esselstyn I know I will have spent 47 years of my life sensibly.
    And not being party to the deliberate misery of Billions of animals helps me to keep to a healthy vegan diet……for I wish to be a good example of how veganism works and that animals have not been bred, fattened, transported and slaughtered to feed me seems an easy kindness to bestow.

  36. I'm fully behind you but let's not make farmers the enemy. Many of them do genuinely care about animals. Most have been born into the industry and know nothing else. Attacking them is attacking their basic identity. We should be working with them to find alternatives. The really enemy is the capitalist system.

  37. Red meat intake in the U.S is increasing partly because citizens are dismissing the medical establishments erroneous fear mongering over cholesterol saturated fat and animal foods generally. I hope the trend continues.

  38. Like “The Transparent Veganic Communist Party” on Facebook !!!

    The Transparent Veganic Communist Political Party believes, (obviously apart from what the name Transparent Veganic Communist implies) :

    1. Humanity should find the ratio of human potential (utopia) using public health officials, computer scientist , etc, through a supercomputer mathematical formula.

    2. Transparency and Cooperation with businesses would provide the greatest technology. Computer chips can be used to determine most reliable automaker for example.

    3.It is fascist to have to participate in an economic system to earn land unless a governing body is communist.

    4. A President who has monetary ties to private industry is immoral.

  39. I,ve already become vegetarian this week because of listening to the arguments from Ed and others. I,m still trying to process all the info. I watched Land of Hope and Glory and knew I just couldn't eat meat after that. Very upsetting.

  40. I eat meat for my mental health! It grounds me. Animal fats hydrate you, more so than water as water is a solvent. Sit in a bath for too long, what happens.
    All of you out there making people feel inferior for eating me are perpetuating propagandic word salad and destroying people's mental health.
    We don't need to justify ourselves and you proposing that we do so proves the instability within your own life because anyone truly grounded and satiated would just concentrate on improving animal welfare, they wouldn't try manipulating the masses into malnourishment just to feel validated in their narc quest.

  41. 97% of humans eat meat, its OK for you Ed living the city life in the western world try go to the plains of kenya or the hills of Nepal and convince them folk but its all about me me me, some people are lucky to see one meal a day never mind have a choice

  42. Lots of love from Romania . It's hard to be vegan in Romania, but it's harder for animals to live in farms and go to the trauma of slaughterhouse, so i can be more proud to be vegan in a country were the main food in recipes is meat !

  43. It is fine how you believe in a vegan lifestyle but why do you have to go and attack British agriculture because you are vegan. I respect that you are a vegan. Please respect without the agriculture you would have no food.

  44. Animal agriculture, especially factory farming, needs to stop breeding animals for human consumption.
    HUMANITY KNOWS BETTER NOW….AND WE NEED THIS MENTAL ILLNESS TO STOP…..

  45. Government subsidies to animal agriculture make me so mad. Why do I have to pay taxes to fund animal agriculture? Vegans should get tax breaks

  46. He's doing what he thinks is best, and I applaud that. However, he seems to think that his moral compass is 100% true, and I can't agree with that

  47. 😂😂😂 U're funny bro!! No I' m not! I m a fucking farmer who grows his own food and also have 30 organic meat cows for their calves and seven donkeys (I have to life from something) and for keeping the woodlands clean because here in the Mediterranean region in places where there is no livestock or wildlife (there are no big grazers left in europe) the woodland get full of shrubs in between the trees and the risk of wildfires increase exponentially. With cows the risk is reduced drastically and the ecosystem benefits from them (as a substitute of auroch and wild horses the natural grazers that would keep it clean) and the manure they are spreading all around! If all of u guys were vegan I as a farmer would have to cut all this forest and kill the wildlife that lives in it for making fields and install kms of plastic tubes for irrigation for all the spoiled plants u eat!! Ohh!! and how do u think I would have to do without having cow manure as a fertilizer of this highly demanding plants?!?!? Yes u are right! I would have to use chemical fertilizers! How are they produced??? Ohh yes from petroleum!
    Please If u live in a city and don't know ANYTHING about real life please keep you mouth closed, or in this case don't use your fingers !! the same way I m not going to talk about ALL the shit u have there firstly because I don't know those problems and second because I don't give a fuck on them!!😉😜

  48. I love your missionary zeal!

    As regards the phenomenon of Veganuary – I've noticed something significant this year. I've not been a brilliant vegan, admittedly, because I do like my Quorn and the vegan versions are shockingly more expensive. However, shopping online with ASDA I noticed their vegan range exploded last month. And they really pushed it and organised the site to make items easy to browse. It's February now and, guess what, for the first time ever (that I've seen) ASDA have rolled back the prices on vegan Quorn! What this means is that Quorn are making a concerted effort to get on the vegan bandwagon. They weren't, before (indeed – it almost felt like they were exploiting vegans), they are in February 2020. ASDA's vegan chicken style bites etc. are, to me, indistinguishable from the ordinary Quorn equivalent. Just that they are cheaper and they are vegan.

    I'm feeling something happening. I'm feeling the markets spotting the opportunity they've been ignoring. It's very exciting and it feels nice!

  49. New vegan here.. 🙂 loving it. My 7 yr old boy has been vegetarian for a year and transitioning to plant based too..

  50. I did not know part of the soy farming problem is because they're feeding it to chickens!

    If we did rewild lots of it and left the animals alone wouldn't we need to use the land for vegetables and fruit? Would switching to orchards etc be enough rather than rewilding it?
    (Btw I definitely believe we shouldn't be killing or farming animals, I just wonder if rewilding is a good idea when we would need more veg).

  51. Me and my partner have been vegan since 31st December 2019 and loving it 😍loving the food and all alternatives and tbh never enjoyed eating and meals that much! Never looking back now! 1st idea was we doing it for health but after educating about it more number one is doing it for all animals! ❤️

  52. to all vegans whatever u do ensure ur getting b12 supplement extra zinc ,, absorption rates can be very small less than 1 percent and complete proteins dr mercola points the way here

  53. Yes!! I 100% support this! It would be so beautiful. Just have to control invasives so they don't take over on the impacted land.

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