19 Things I Wish I Didn't Know About Meat

19 Things I Wish I Didn't Know About Meat
Prime Roots

by Prime Roots
February 19, 2021 3 min read

Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
  • There are things we wish we could unhear or unsee because we want to keep doing the same things we've always done.
  • Things we love. Like eating meat.
  • Our Prime Roots team is made up of flexitarians, vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores. So we're not creating this list in judgement!
  • We've made this list so you can be an informed foodie, no matter what type of eating lifestyle you may have.

1. Most animals bred for meat are kept in factory farms, in confined spaces, surrounded by their own waste.


2. Approximately 80% of pigs that are slaughtered for meat die with pneumonia.

3. Meat producing animals are constantly given antibiotics, mass-administered in their feed to prevent and combat illness.

4. Salmonella and E. Coli are superbug bacterial infections that result from crops fertilized with animal waste and overuse of antibiotics in animals.

5. We could feed 1.4 billion hungry people with the grains that are used to feed factory livestock.

6. The majority of our world's crops are used to feed livestock, not people.

7. Animal agriculture uses 70% of our world's freshwater.

8. Livestock production is responsible for up to 51% of the world's global greenhouse emissions. This makes meat consumption the leading cause of climate change.

9. Animal agriculture is largely to blame for deforestation, since land is cleared to grow crops to feed the animals.

10. Processed meat is considered a Group 1 carcinogen. This means bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami and deli meats are very likely to contribute to cancer.

11. Animals bred for meat consumption are electrocuted or gassed until unconscious, shackled, and hung upside down by their feet or legs. Then a major artery is cut and they bleed to death.

12. Animals raised in slaughterhouses are given no food 24 hours prior to slaughter.

13. Most slaughterhouse animals never see the light of day. They are born and raised in confinement under artificial light.

14. The animals are transported to the slaughterhouse crammed in trucks and are not allowed food or water.

15. Meat (and particularly beef) consumption is the primary cause of heart disease globally.

16. Animal agriculture is a huge source of water pollution, killing marine life and infiltrating our water systems and food. Food toxins like mercury are a result of water pollution.

17. Science has long proven that animals experience sadness, fear, resentment, love, excitement, depression, anxiety, and pain. Just like humans.

18. Animals suffer similarly to humans, even though the brains of most species are smaller than humans. Intelligence is not related to suffering.

  • And lastly...

19. 309: The number of land animals are killed every second of every day for food in the United States. Imagine what that number is worldwide.

  • February is the month of love. Self love, planet love, animal love, and love of others. And even though we should #bekind and #loveothers all year long, we want to be a part of bring the conversation about how meat consumption affects our health, animals and the planet to the forefront.
  • Because knowledge is power. Knowledge helps us make choices that change the world.
  • We love people and planet. And we're on a planet-full mission to create delicious and nutritious plant-based meats and meals that change that not only change the way we think about meat, but also how we make a positive impact on the planet.
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