Ironically with all the BS pseudo science about Health in this movie, the primary reason to question the meat-based agri-industrial complex is the ecological disaster they are creating.
- Huge and unsustainable production of greenhouse gases (not just cow farts, but also in the full supply chain of intensive, grain fed, meat farming)
- Massive overuse of antibiotics (80%of the world supply) leading to antibiotic resistance far more than human use.
- Horrendous pollution around intensive feedlots, barns etc.
And this is all before considering the terrible conditions for all but the small minority of free range and organic livestock, the poor food safety in industrial meat processing, and the unnatural modifications to animals (not so much GMO but 8oz chicken thighs… really?)
Having been brought up in the UK and now living in the US one can see some of the extremes here before they get to the rest of the world (which has its own horror stories). Cheap, chlorinated monster cuts of chicken, low quality ground beef with bonus organ meat, etc. the UK just exposed bad food safety abuses in its largest chicken processors and all kinds of nasties (e.coli, salmonella etc.) apparently inhabit many US chicken plants largely unchecked.
I refuse to listen to the stories of how brutal it is to be a pig these days… because I love bacon too much… but it doesn’t make them untrue.
Of course with enough money, we can eat grass fed, free range and organic but that is only cool for the wealthier segment of populations.
The long term solution seems to be lab grown meat which is where a ton of investment is going these days and making promising progress… or of course Soylent Green (the original, not that modern imposter ) but that’s all a long way off.
I am still eating meat and loving Keto, though I do do feel better that ‘reasonable protein’ is meaning I’m slowly reducing meat consumption compared to my prior habits.
To me, ruining the planet for all humans has always been a stronger argument against current meat production than made up Health claims or even animal welfare.