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What Would Happen If the World Suddenly Became Vegetarian?


Americans love their meat, with the average
person consuming roughly 198 lbs (90 kg) of pork, beef and chicken every year. The global average is considerably less, at
around 75 lbs (34 kg) per year, but not everyone is a meat lover, as around 5% of the world’s
population choose to be vegetarian. In the USA, close to 5% of people choose this
lifestyle compared to 12% of Bris and 30% of Indians. With the majority of the population currently
consuming meat and enjoying burgers, ribs, bacon, wings, and steak on a daily basis,
what would happen if everyone just stopped? How would it affect the economy, our livelihoods,
the environment, and our health? That’s what we’re going to look into,
in this episode of the Infographics Show, What Would Happen If the World Suddenly Turned
Vegetarian? Do not forget to subscribe and click the bell
button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Economy
It is estimated by the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) that the meat industry brings
$894 billion to the US economy with $95 billion of that being for beef alone. 800,000 people are employed in the meat and
poultry business in the US, and millions worldwide, so a sudden turn to vegetarianism would mean
a huge loss of jobs. It would, at the same time, create jobs in
different fields. Moving into a meat-free lifestyle would have
a significant impact on the world’s economy, with the meat industry being perceived in
value of up to $1.6 trillion by 2050. Social Impacts
The social impacts of global vegetarianism could be devastating for many communities. Currently, around 1 billion people dedicate
their lives to tending to livestock and lands or working in meat factories, so if we stopped
eating meat, their livelihoods would be stripped from them, losing their income and lands. What work could they do instead? Many may take to growing and selling fruit,
vegetables or wheat crops, or finding another source of income. The poor could be hit hard with their diet
no longer including the nutrition that they get from meat with animal products containing
many more nutrients than grains and rice. There are many cultural and religious traditions
that include meat as a focal point, which would no longer exist or would have to be
altered due to a vegetarian lifestyle. Many of the 1.8 billion Muslims around the
world celebrate Eid al-Adha every year as part of the Islamic calendar and as part of
this tradition, a goat or sheep is slaughtered and some of the meat is offered to poor and
needy families. In the USA, a longstanding tradition is having
a turkey on the table for Thanksgiving dinner, but in a meat-free environment, what would
be the feature food on our plates? Tofurkey? Now let’s look at some of the positive impacts
a sudden change to vegetarianism would have. Environment
In a vegetarian world, our environment would be much better off, leaving way to a healthier
and cleaner planet for future generations. Livestock production and the meat industry
is thought to be one of the biggest contributors to climate change, with a larger impact on
the planet than anything else, as 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are
caused by the human activity of meat production. Most people do not even think about the effect
food has on climate change, but if we stopped eating meat, we would be doing our planet
a favour with gas emissions being reduced significantly. Meat production emits much higher gas emissions
than fruit and vegetable production, and research has shown that the production of beef is so
environmentally destructive that it causes 5 times more climate warming emissions than
other animals. In the US, an average family of four emit
more greenhouse gases due to the meat they consume than from having two cars on the road. With the sudden change to vegetarianism and
the elimination of meat, our food related emissions could drop by up to 60-70%. Water
Another major environmental cost of meat production is water usage, with livestock consuming more
of our water than anything else, and also being one of the largest causes of polluted
water. The total water footprint for one pound of
beef is 200 times that of one pound of plant foods. One kilo of beef requires 15,000 litres of
water before it arrives on your dinner plate, while a roast chicken would take up 4,325
litres. Globally there are millions of people that
do not have access to clean drinking water, so if there were less livestock to feed, there
would be a lot more water to go around. Land
According to Dutch scientists, there are currently 2.7 billion hectares of land being used for
cattle grazing with between 20-30% of the globe’s ice-free land solely for farming
pigs, chicken and cattle. Another 100 million hectares on top of that
are dedicated to growing the crops that feed the livestock. In the US, around 700 million tons of food
are consumed by livestock alone each year, which could actually be given to humans instead
to help combat world hunger, which could be eliminated with an estimated 40 million tons
of food. Global vegetarianism could free up this land
currently used by livestock, and even though a lot of it would not be suitable for habitation
for humans, some of it could be used to cater to the growing global population, to grow
more plants, and to lead way for other innovative ways to use the land. Health
56 billion animals are farmed and killed each year for human consumption with many being
kept alive by a steady diet of drugs so they withstand the stressful and unsanitary farming
conditions. At any time of year, there are approximately
20 billion chickens, 1.5 billion cows, 1 billion pigs, and 1 billion sheep in farms and factories
around the world – that is three times the amount of humans and they are all there to
feed us. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization,
the number of animals that require land for grazing is growing by 25 million each year. Factory farmed animals are full of diseases
and can be a breeding ground for new strains of viruses and superbugs. By eliminating these factory farms, we could
lower the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria and diseases such as Mad Cow Disease being
released into our environment. Protein? Another point to consider would be that without
meat to provide all-important protein in our diets, what would be our primary source? Fortunately, there are many alternatives. Soybeans are historically known as ‘meat
without bones’ and contain 35% protein, meaning it is a quality protein source. There is a current perception that vegetarians
drain the world’s plant sources but in fact most of the soybean crops and grains grown
go to livestock. Other ways we could get a healthy dose of
daily protein would be to eat more peas, nuts, beans, quinoa, greens and buckwheat. Dairy milk and chicken eggs are also an excellent
source, provided that milk and egg farms would still be in operation. So, what do you think? Would the world benefit from a global vegetarian
diet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Vegans vs Meat Eaters! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “What Would Happen If the World Suddenly Became Vegetarian?

  1. Someone at my school did a presentation on factory farming. The fact that not every single person in that class turned vegetarian blows my mind. I can't stand thinking of what those animals go through.

  2. Don’t forget about the topsoil destroyed to produce all of the plants we eat. And the chemicals that are washing into the ecosystem around farms from fertilizers and pesticides. My honest opinion on how to combat all of this isn’t going vegetarian. My opinion is that we should try to return to natural farming ways with free roaming cattle that feed on grass which solves the problem of all of the plants used to feed them, it reduces methane they produce dramatically, and it helps to restore natural ecosystems which in turn returns valuable nutrients to the soil which means you can have a crop rotation that allows us to farm without the use of fertilizers. I’m currently doing more research on this as I’m doing a research paper. This is honestly super interesting to me

  3. That mean world would overrun with livestock animals. Because no one gonna eat it. The Ecosystem in the world become unbalanced. More types of plant become extinct because all living things focusing on plant.

  4. It's not that I love meat. It's that I can't stand most vegetables. Still, I'd like to start eating less meat.

    And The Promised Neverland started to convince me.

  5. People always talk about "at least animals won't be slaughtered" and ECT. (Which is understandable), but what about the plants and trees. They are also alive and they give fruit and vegetables for us and animals to eat. AND it takes TIME for them to grow with that many population of us in earth. And what about the people in certain countries that doesn't have all the crops that we have? (They would have to hunt to survive of course) and mostly. If all of us become vegan, we might also get diseases from insects. They eat plants. They spread their waste and diseases and land on foods🤷🏿‍♀️
    Edit: i would like to add that they are attracted to them kind of foods.

  6. Honestly, I've seen vegans and they're always small, weak, and sick all the time. For someone who only eats meat of course they're unhealthy too. I would like to become a vegan, but that life style is way too expensive for me. Plus, I love to lift heavy weights, run, and I work in the fields, so eating fruits and vegetables will not give me the strength to keep up no matter how much I consume you would have to give me a burrito to keep up. I love meat and vegetables. I need meat for strength and greens for cleansing the body.

  7. 5:20 yes soybeans contain great amounts of protein but is also a food that causes weight gain,increase chance of cancer, and impaired female fertility not to mention the estrogen(a material contained in the human breast) is very unhealthy for humans to consume

  8. I love eating meat. Recently I cut down meat and dairy. Changed nothing else. Less acid reflux, lost a few lbs on my torso and arthritis inflammation has gone down. I miss the taste but love being in less pain.

  9. I'm vegan, I meditate every day and eat one meal a day. I've never felt in my life better than how I'm feeling now.

  10. Im proud to be vegan! But anyone who even slightly reduces their meat consumption is making steps in the right direction! Keep up the amazing work!

  11. This video is packed with lies. Here are just two:

    The Indian population does not choose vegetarian diet. It’s State imposed.

    Animal agriculture accounts for only 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, most of which is water vapor. You missed the part about animals being necessary for soil conservation.

  12. Hey guys nice video. There is this recent netflix show called Game Changers which also discusses abt this in more detail. Arnold is seen in it supporting this too.

  13. One thing about vegetarianism is, well, would be NICE if you cut all meats of your diet, but you don't need to be so radical (but would be nice)
    If you can't stop eating bacon but thinks can stop eating beef, ribs or sausages, that helps.
    If you just reduce your consume helps too.
    Also, it's all about palate, you just eat too much meat because you're used to, so if you drop a little by little, won't miss at all.

  14. I just wish for a happy and healthy world where global warming doesn't exist world hunger is gone and crime rates are 0.

    Where everyone is veggie or vegan and the animals that are kept for eggs and milk are kept in a humane way and not slaughtered.

    Sadly that's not the way it is 😢💔

  15. This video lost me with the water and cow farts. Water does not just disappear after we drink it, and if you think you get gassy after a few hamburgers ,eat a few cans of beans.

  16. Big problem here i live
    If the moose isent balanced their population
    There would be too many of them and destroy tree saplings..

  17. Ok all that grazing land is saved and we can than use it to grow more crops but wont we need much more land to keep up with the amount of grains we would then need to feed the new vegetarians? Also grass doesnt take much nutrients but grains take a lot so what about soil exhaustion? And deforestation for more land to grow the crops for the billions of people suddendy ONLY eating a plant based diet. Wouldnt that over all be more harmful to the environment or am i wrong? Could you please look into/discuss that?

  18. I won’t ever stop eating meat. Never, EVER, but I could surely find a way to lower the percent
    of my meat eating. And that would make a big difference tho!

  19. I’ve been vegetarian since birth. I feel like I’m not missing out on anything there are substitutes for bacon, beef, lamb, ham, turkey, chicken nuggets and SO much more. If you care about the world, animals and yourself GO vegetarian! It really isn’t that hard 🙂

  20. I’ve decided to go vegan I don’t eat dairy anyway because I’m intolerant and I’m trying to help the planet by reducing my plastic waste, trying to save trees so I thought if I’m trying to save the planet why not also save the animals on it

  21. Maybe only eat meat on holidays but just holidays and cultural events? So most of the time people are vegetarian so it's a big impact but not a massive one. We wouldnt have to change thanks giving and the Muslims can still give the goat away to the needy

  22. Maybe we should all switch to hunting instead of farming so it will help the environment and we can still all have meat. But everything else will be in the stores except meat.

  23. I’m a vegetarian. I’m not against people who eat meat, I just choose not to because I do feel kinda bad for the animals and I think it’s just odd to eat them. Also I still have to eat it sometimes because I’m Jewish. I don’t have a choice, I just have to do it.

  24. The only animal related things I eat are eggs and milk. Now im thinking of even giving up on milk as there are already many plant based milk products.

  25. so basically vegetarianism would cause deforestation at about the same rate as factory farming and regular ranching?

  26. The world would definitely benefit from global vegetarianism! It’s just in plain sight yet people would rather destroy the planet than give yo their meat.

  27. For me the real question is: What would happen if we would all go vegetarian, not vegan. Would the industry find a way to not be cruel to and slaughter milk cows and chicken?

  28. The script for this was written by someone with no experience in, and very little knowledge of, the agrominary industry and it shows.

  29. Dogs and cats still need meat… If animals don't reproduce, they could go extinct. Some people only live on meat. Some people are allergic to nuts. Some people are allergic to diary…

    I'm not against people going vegetarians, but I don't think it's the solution for everyone and I'm sure people would find other ways to destroy the world.

    Thanks for the informative video though.

    As another commenter said, reducing I totally agree with, however cutting it completely, I don't see that ever happening, sorry.

  30. BTW being a vegetarian doesn’t mean your being healthy, There is still tons of Unhealthy things to eat; candy, chocolates, deep fried foods like French fries , etc

  31. If everyone went vegetarian we would go extinct because to grow enough produce to feed the entire world population woul require mass deforestation, plus pesticides going into the oceans at more concentrated levels killing sea life.

  32. The meat industry needs to be forced to practice organic and non-cruel methods of meat farming. That way meat will be healthy and expensive again. So everyone will eat less meat that is healthy. Win win

  33. I have been a proud vegetarian for, less than a year. I've always thought I was a vegetarian since birth, but apparently not because there's meat in stuff you wouldn't expect. I'm not gonna force anyone to be vegetarian, but if you want to try it, go for it. Even being vegan helps. I am an Indian, yes the ones from India, but I was born in The United States.

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