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What Would Happen if EVERYONE Became VEGETARIAN

10 Things That Would Happen if Everyone Became
Vegetarian 10. No more Livestock The current global demand for all kinds of
meats is increasing, bolstered by both the planet’s increasing population and the economic
development of more impoverished countries. Here, the average meal is predominantly plant-based,
but as these countries become more economically stable, so do its citizens have more access
to meat as a primary food source. Already developed countries, on the other
hand, seem to be slowly heading into the opposite direction, with their meat consumption having
the tendency to slide down. At any given time around the world, there
are roughly 1.4 billion cattle, 1.9 billion sheep and goats, 980 million pigs, and 19.6
billion chickens. In 2011, the world slaughtered almost 300
million cows, 947 million sheep and goats, 1.38 billion pigs, 2.8 billion ducks, 1.3
billion turkeys and geese, and a whopping 58 billion chickens. In overall meat consumption per person, Australia,
the United States and Israel lead in the polls, with roughly 205, 200 and 190 pounds of meat
respectively. At the other end of the spectrum are Bangladesh
and India, with roughly 7.2 pounds each. One major reason for why the small amount
of meat eaten in this part of the world are Buddhism and Hinduism, which share the belief
in rebirth and the importance of nonviolence. These lead people to reject the slaughter
and consumption of animals. Hypothetically speaking, if everyone were
to become vegetarian, many of these animals would logically disappear. 9. Replenishing the Ocean Fisheries Up until the turn of the 20th century, the
world’s fisheries remained more or less unaffected by human consumption. Even though people had been fishing the seas
and oceans for a very long time, only with the advent of modern technology, did humanity
manage to make a serious an unprecedented dent in the fish population. In 2014 the total capture amassed to about
93.4 million tones, a leveling off from the previous decade. However, this reflects the complete fishery
collapse in many parts of the world and the impossibility for increased production; not
that we reached any kind of equilibrium with nature. In total, we currently consume more than 160
million tons of fish per year, with the difference being supplemented by aquaculture (fish farming). Regardless of these fish farms, which have
their own negative environmental effects, it is estimated that by 2048 the oceans will
be completely devoid of commercially viable fish. 8. Freeing up the Land As most of us know by now, roughly 70% of
the planet’s surface is covered by water. So, out the total 197 million sq. miles of
the Earth, only about 58 million (15 billion hectares) make up the dry land we currently
inhabit. And out of that, 26% of ice-free terrestrial
surface is made up of pastures and grasslands used for grazing livestock; some 3.4 billion
hectares in total (more than the whole of Africa in fact). Large parts of these pastures, however, are
in regions too dry or too cold for crop use and are sparsely inhabited. In addition to over a quarter of the Earth’s
total landmass being used for grazing, livestock also require an additional 471 million hectares
– a third of all arable land – for growing feed. 80% of all corn and 95% of oat production
in the US is feed. If all people became vegetarian, it wouldn’t
mean that all of this land will return to its natural state, since we would have to
supplement our meat-based diet with a plant-based one. But we have to take into account the fact
that at the present-day we are supplying our livestock with 77 million tons of human edible
protein, and we are getting just 58 million tons in return. However animal proteins have a higher nutritive
value to humans than the feed used for livestock. 7. Returning Biodiversity Surprisingly enough, livestock is a key factor
in the loss of other animal species. To date, “barnyard animals” make up 20%
of all terrestrial animals and now occupy vast areas once habitat to wildlife. It’s fairly difficult to quantify all the
effects livestock have on biodiversity. Not all effects are bad either, since grazing
livestock help to maintain naturally occurring grasslands to their original state, and thus
keeping the habitat, more or less intact. But the overwhelming numbers of cattle and
sheep can pose some serious health concerns to the already existing wildlife. In many cases, like the Great Plains, cattle
have taken over the habitat formerly belonging to bison and pronghorn antelope. Ranchers worldwide have also drastically reduced
the number of predators, often times leading them to their total disappearance from the
area. Moreover, pasture expansion into forest areas,
together with grassland degradation, pose a serious threat to biodiversity. As the meat sector becomes more and more industrialized,
it separates the animals from the actual land for large parts of the day, thus destabilizing
the nitrogen and phosphorus cycle. 6. Decreasing Air Pollution When we talk about air pollution and greenhouse
gasses, we usually refer to CO2 emissions. This isn’t without cause, however, since
the most predominant of these gases is in fact CO2. But unbeknownst to many is the fact that methane
gas is up to 30 times more potent at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. And livestock around the world are responsible
for 37% of all methane in the air. This makes up 18% of the entire global warming
effect; more so than the entire transportation sector worldwide. Much of the methane and part of the CO2 is
emitted from rumen fermentation and animal waste. The best and most efficient way for any average
person to curb climate change, regardless of any government policies, is in fact to
stop eating meat, especially red meat, as much as possible. 5. Conserving Water One of the biggest challenges we are about
to face as a planet is fresh water scarcity. The effects have already begun to show themselves,
predominantly on the West coast of the US, among other places. California, like much of the rest of the world
uses about 70% of its fresh water supply in agriculture, 20% in industry, and the remaining
10% for domestic and everyday use. However, out of all the water usage around
the world, livestock directly accounts for 8%. The irrigation of feed-crops and pastures
represents 7% here, while the remainder 1% makes up for product processing and drinking
water. These numbers, of course, are taken on a global
scale, becoming more predominant in dryer areas. In Botswana for example, livestock drinking
water accounts for 23% of all water use in the country. Another 15% of all water loss worldwide is
attributed evapotranspiration of feed-crops. To put it in more relatable terms, each pound
of beef requires 1,800 gallons of water to be produced, one pound of pork needs 720 gallons,
and 480 gallons of water for a pound of chicken. Compare this with 191 gallons for a pound
of cereal, 107 gallons of water for fruit, and 36 gallons for vegetables. Of course, a pound of any meat packs in much
more calories than their weight equivalent in plant-based alternatives. However, by comparing the ratio of water per
calorie, beef is still 5 times more water intensive than fruit, 7 times more than veggies
and 20 times more so than cereal. 4. Lowering our Food Security Hypothetically renouncing all meat throughout
the world, does have a few drawbacks. Being an omnivorous species, humans were able
to be much more versatile when it came to their environment. Eating meat and animal-based products, allowed
humans to travel all across the globe and inhabit most of it. Without eating meat, humans would have never
been able to reach and survive the arctic regions of the world, and would have probably
never crossed into the Americas via the Bering land bridge so long ago. Even today, in our technologically advanced
society, many people rely solely on animals for their very survival. Livestock can also offer a buffer in national
and international food supplies, which can be drawn upon in case of food shortages. The lack of rainfall, hailstorms, prolonged
winters, or other unforeseen natural catastrophes can cause many plant-based crops to produce
lower yields, or even to fail completely. If we are to ever become completely vegetarian,
people living in colder or drier regions would need either to abandon their homes for literal
“greener pastures”, to import all of their greens from somewhere else, especially during
the winter months, or to make use of large scale modern technology such as indoors vertical
farming. 3. Lowering the Risk of an Apocalyptic Disease One of the biggest threats to humanity has
always been disease. In the first quarter of the 20th century,
during WWI, an influenza outbreak – also known as the Spanish Flu – was responsible for five
times the number of deaths resulted from the war itself; over 50 million people. It was so contagious and it happened so fast
that in less than a year more than 500 million people (a quarter of the world’s population)
was infected all across the planet. Only a small isolated island somewhere in
the Amazonian basin reported no infected. The reasons here were similar to those above;
domesticated animals. With the discovery of antibiotics some time
after, the deadly disease was more or less kept in check since then. But more recently however, due to the large
quantities of antibiotics animals are given to prevent such an outbreak, as well as our
own improper use of them, new strains of influenza have become resistant to the drug. These are the swine and avian flues we hear
about in the news from time to time. If for whatever reason a new global pandemic
were to arise, it will most likely be from here; particularly because we’re again left
defenseless against them. In an attempt to get a possible heads up in
the case of one such apocalyptic event (especially now that we’re more connected than ever),
scientists have been mapping areas with high concentrations of livestock all across the
globe. They hope this will help them better predict
from where the next outbreak is most likely to occur. Again, if we were to all become vegetarian,
one such risk could be seriously lowered. 2. The Livestock Industry is more than just about
the Meat As a whole, the livestock sector makes up
about 1.4 of the world’s GDP. It is also growing faster than the rest of
the agriculture sector, which itself is declining relative to the overall GDP. In total, the livestock sector makes up 40%
of all agriculture, and in more industrialized countries it reaches as high as 50 or even
60%. If everyone were to become vegetarian, these
people would be out of a job. But besides meat, livestock also contributes
with dairy products and eggs. But for argument’s sake, let’s consider
these as not part of any vegetarian’s diet. However, animal products also come in other
forms as well, such as wool, leather, and fats. And while the first two are used in the textile,
furniture and other businesses, animal fats and similar byproducts have a wide range of
unexpected uses. These include things such as, detergents,
shampoos and even condoms, as well as many, many others. Now, it wouldn’t make any ethical or economic
sense to raise livestock just for the sake of their leather or fats, so plant-based alternatives
need to be considered. This will mean that much of the land used
for feed, as well as many pasturelands, will need to be covered with these plants instead
of returning to their natural state. 1. Our Nutrition We have to make one thing clear right from
the start here. Animal protein, due to the fact that it’s
similar to our own, tends to deliver us all the amino acids we need, whereas plant-based
protein lack one or more of these. One way to combat this is to have a wide range
of grains, fruits and vegetables at our disposal, so as to compensate each other. In 2003, livestock based foods contributed
to an average of 17% of energy and 33% of protein to dietary intakes around the world. These numbers, of course, vary wildly from
country to country, as we’ve seen above. This distribution of meat in our diets has
left many people to suffer from different ailments related to their nutrition. According to a recent study, 2.1 billion people
– roughly 30% of the world’s population, are either obese or overweight, whereas at
the other end of the spectrum, almost 800 million people do not have enough food to
lead a healthy life. People who suffer from malnutrition can benefit
immensely from livestock-based foods. This is because they often suffer from a lack
of protein, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, elements found in meats and dairy. Children in particular have shown to benefit
greatly from a moderate animal-based diet, regardless if they’re malnourished or not. Obese and overweight people, on the other
hand, have their own series of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain
cancers, linked to excess meat and dairy consumption. This group of people would benefit immensely
from a lowered intake of red meat and animal fats in particular. In order for people to become vegetarian,
everyone should be able to have access to a wide variety of plants, animal fats and
nuts on a daily basis.

100 thoughts on “What Would Happen if EVERYONE Became VEGETARIAN

  1. There's a difference between being vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarians eat fish and eggs whereas vegans eliminate everything including whey and other milk related ingredients found in almost all products.

  2. Even if peaople become vegetarian, we still need to kill animals for animal food products… catfood dogfood etv.. they can't be healthy only with vegetarian diet.

  3. okay this video didn't show me the pros of being a vegetarian it showed me humanity is coming to an end in many shapes and forms

  4. Monsanto would take over and genetically modified food would be the norm. The long term effects are not known but there would be a huge increase in the use of chemicals to treat plants for pests. Genetically modified food has already needed higher levels of chemicals being sprayed due to bugs developing resistance to the pesticides already added to the plants. There are a few articles out there about this happening now in developed countries like the U.S.A.

  5. there are giant leaps in logic here. do you really think that if we all became vegetarian, the number of cattle, pigs, chickens, etc. will die off? do you think these hippie vegetarians would allow a decline in any number of " innocent animals"?
    save the environment eat more cows ( reducing methane)and eat less vegetables ( plants produce oxygen)….(my logic is as sound as yours,lol)

  6. But we humans are mainly Meateaters and so never we all get vegan. And that is good for us because being vegan is very unhealthy

  7. So what you're saying is Americans need to start eating 5lbs a year more so we start beating Australia?

  8. I am such a meat lover, but I cannot imagine my life without green stuff as well. Meat, vegetables and potatoes/grains/bread go great together.

  9. Great video.
    You did say WWII in reference to the great influenza pandemic.
    Antibiotics have no effect on viral infections.

  10. This honestly makes me want to give up meat because of what it does to the environment
    But I just had a delicious chicken curry
    We need cultured meat
    I thought we were living in the future

  11. Being vegetarian is not just about not eating meat, but eating the 'fruits and roots' in the right balance, otherwise could get sick.

  12. Actually Hindus do eat meat! They just dont eat cows as they consider cows scared! They still eat fish and chicken!

  13. When i looked at the date of this video i was expecting to find that it was extremely old as almost all the information presented has been proven false for some years now.

  14. I believe we should slow down on livestock consumption but not 100%. .I believe the quality would improve.

  15. Quit with the man made climate change crap. CO2 and water vapor is NOT a pollutant. Humans can not change the global temp if they wanted to. Degrowthers are an attempt to force anti capitalism on a global scale. It is a Marxist agenda full stop.

  16. I did, yes, enjoy this video, thank you. Compelling outcomes. Well put-together, this list. Well done. One point, though. As vegetarian indeed yes, eggs and dairy are a part of my diet. Were I to exclude them (and honey) I would be vegan. A purely plant-based global diet would shift the numbers.

  17. To point 1:
    I know many obese vegetarians with health problems.
    And to the biodiversity:
    Monocultures of corn, potatoes or any other plant are much more dangerous.
    Use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers can be dangerous.
    Cow manure can reduce use of fertilizers.

  18. I do not understand how all the livestock would disappear if we stopped eating them. They are certainly capable of reproducing on their own and would continue to do so once released into the wild.

  19. influenza is caused by a virus. antibiotics have no effect on viruses. therefore the assertion that giving antibiotics to animals will reduce diseases caused by viruses being transmitted to humans is false

  20. Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country. They love and eat meat. They probably don't eat meat much because it is expensive and most people are poor.

  21. Well, I used to eat very little meat and have the diabetes to prove it. Now I eat meat, cheese and veg, my diabetes is nearly in remission and I've lost nearly 50lb. But my Dr , vegetarian, died of a heart attack ; so superior.

  22. Aww… Aren't ya gonna make a video explaining to wor what'll happen if everyone was rich? And another video explaining to wor what'll happen if everyone was poor?

  23. Emus are killed purely for their fat (emu oil) Why do you think other animals would be any different if we stopped eating meat?

  24. Poor Simon. He must be a vegetarian, I guess that's why he's so painfully thin, poor nutrition. Of course there's always the fact that vegetarian's brains shrink due to lack of protein too.

  25. What would happen if cannibalism became a normal food source and was kept in check the same way that other animals used for food is?

  26. but what about the amount of land that has to be used to grow all the nutritional needs of growing humans? wouldn't that also have consequences?

  27. hey dont worry about the entire global farming industry would impode every economy on earth and would decimate the entire food industry of the world, wed have 100s of billions of stock we just release into the wild , think with your brain rather than your ego

  28. I think people forget that we aee omnivores and our body's were developed to hunt and forage. Both meat and plants are important to our diet.

  29. #4 is rubbish. Rather than feed the animals grains or use resources to grow grass; use it on humans. It is cheaper and less taxing on the planet The animals humans eat feed on plants and it is healthier to cut the middle man- animals, out the picture.


    Example…. CHIN'ER. Afric`er

  31. In fact there are several plants like soy that provide complete proteins. Some others are buckwheat, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, hemp, beans, quinoa…

  32. As the video even stated…we actually DO need meat to be 100% healthy. Great Spirit made us omnivores FOR A REASON.
    …I also notice that this propagandic video also CONVENIENTLY left out the fact that, IF all livestock "production" were to stop…guess what? There'd soon be an overpopulation problem.
    Or, am I makin' too much sense for ya, here??

  33. #10 what about dairy, wool, eggs? Those are all livestock animals.

    #9 Fish and fish byproducts are used for much more than food.

    #8 See number 10.

    #7 see number 8.

    #6 see number 7.

    #5 see number 6.

    #4 Agreed.

    #3 Agreed.

    #2 well now you changed it from vegetarian to vegan…. So way to change it at the end to support your flawed facts.

  34. If we'd only use meat as an occasional condiment, what a drastically positive effect that would have. This, however, would have to be accompanied by a reasonable attempt by all mankind to reduce his numbers & repair/restore wildlands if we would have a thoroughly constructive effect on our environment, both biological & psychological. I am old; therefore, I have no justification to eat the amount of animal protein I did when I was young & active. We should all start thinking this way. My nickel's worth.

  35. Hmm, nothing negative would happen. I find that hard to believe. I know that agricultural farming is what caused Lyme disease. If nothing negative would happen than what they say is probably not true, I know nothing that is all positive.

  36. So almost all positive changes, might be worth trying it then. Then you have the added positive of lowering animal suffering too.

  37. Regarding the last point; fats don't make you fat, sugar in any form including grains is what's causing the obesity crisis.

  38. Farm animals would not go extinct we still have millions of feral goats sheep pigs chickens horses and cows

  39. Global veganism is something worth aiming for, but there’s a lot to consider before we start. Many industries, including the medical industry, are heavily reliant on animal byproducts, and we need to find alternatives for those before we get rid of large quantities of livestock. Also, it’s not just biospheres and climates that threaten the availability of food, but the current state of global society. War, terrorism and dictatorships limit the ability to ship the necessary variety of foods to those that need them to survive on a vegan diet, so we must find a way to minimize these problems. As well, we need to continue towards green fuel sources, so that the increased shipping of food won’t result in increasing the pollution from transportation. It would be a massive, world-wide undertaking that would require all countries to cooperate like they never have before, but it would be worth it.

    Though there is one more problem, and that is changing human minds, one of the most difficult things to change. People don’t change unless they want to, and humans can be incredibly resistant to changes, especially in lifestyle. People will still want to eat meat, even if they can’t buy it from stores, and even if it’s not legally available. There’s a high probability that there will be an off-the-books market for hunted meat, and people selling fish they’ve caught, or butchered livestock they’ve hidden away. This presents a huge problem, as to whether we have the right to use law to force people to give up meat, as it will take legal proceedings to do so, even if that will eventually lead to people going to jail for eating it.

  40. For the comment at the start about Bangladesh having one of the lowest meat consumption levels per capita I am pretty sure it is because of poverty rather than Budhism that he mentions. Bangladesh is more than 90% Muslim.

  41. Isn't influenza (which is a virus infection) resistant to any antibiotic (which is an anti-bacterial agent) anyways?

  42. The Spanish flu outbreak occurred between 1918-1920 hence why it is known as the '1918 flu pandemic'. WW2 didn't start until 1939, also influenza is a viral infection, antibiotics would have been useless against it.

  43. We developed into carnivores and I am not going to go back. I'll keep on eating my 1 kilo of meat a week, and stay on the top of the food chain.
    Pre processed, and fast food is the worse thing ever happened to human food. Very unhealthy.

  44. I'm sorry but saying in #2 that 'let's just pretend that no vegetarian will eat milk or cheese or butter for the sake of our hypothetical world' just doesn't work because if you give up those things, you're working on becoming a vegan, not a vegetarian. And as #2 begrudgingly pointed out being vegetarian does not mean an end to livestock. Beyond the dairy that comes from it there is also wool, leather, and so on. Even with plant-based alternatives in place for leather, wool, and so on doesn't take away from the fact that vegetarians tend to eat animal products, just not meat. Which means livestock will continue to exist and be utilized.

  45. I can't stand Vegetables. I'd be stuck with a mostly Grain diet, and die early of Diabetus. Worst Hypothetical Ever…

  46. Why does the video make it sound as if eating meat is a terrible thing … ? Why does it have to be some goal we're all meant to strive for? I have no interest in stopping eating meat and never will.

  47. The water use calcs are flawed. It's assumed that intake equals total use. This is false. All livestock excrete water in some way. Therefore returning water to the enviroment. In addition, the human body extracts or excretes the moisture in the meat when it is consumed. Both of these numbers should be subtracted from the total required water.
    This would make cereals and the like less attractive and bring livestock closer to vegatables.
    Given the increased amount of protien in meats, vegatables look less attractive as a replacement now.
    BTW, there are so many other flaws in this video, one could write a paper on it.
    If TopTenz wanted to maintain honesty and integrity, they would remove this video until they can do it again properly.

  48. It’s very difficult to go exclusively vegan and remain nutritionally healthy. Certain proteins are produced mainly from animal sources.

  49. No going vegetarian is not the solution many of the plant based food has alot of antinutrients and its very inflammatory for your body going to a veetarian diet or vegan is going to be bad for you also our body cannot absorb plant protein the same way as animal protein.
    You're confusing paper value with the actual stuff that your body is absorbing

  50. Love your videos, informative and intelligent as always. I almost fell out of my chair laughing though when Mary Brown's Chicken and taters commercial came on halfway through this video.

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