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Everything Wrong With Environmentalism In 11 Minutes Or Less!!

Most people care about the environment…at least enough to say they do on a study, and at least Millinneals at that. And most people have faith that the top environmental agencies in the world are fighting the good fight to remedy the wrongs of humankind, certain that they’re focusing on the core issues with the greatest impact. Well, today we’re going to look at the top issues championed by environmental agencies and the vast majority of environmentalists and see why they’re wrong. So…very…wrong. [tweet this]

Welcome to the first of the “everything wrong with” series. Way back in the day I did a video comparing the effectiveness of all the common “go green” tips to eating a vegan diet. Unfortunately it was before I was very rigorous with citing my sources and I haven’t had time to cobble them back together for that post. So today is a bit of a revamp with new numbers, many even more incredible.

All the citations for every fact I state are notated throughout this text and below. I will also track any errors that I or anyone else finds in this video at the bottom as well.

I will also be far more sarcastic and snarky in this video post but do not mean to say that other environmental issues have no importance. (you have been warned.)

In the video above you'll see a tally of wrongness (which you’ll see is more of an art than a science) and a timer.  And now…

Everything wrong with environmentalism in 11 minutes or less

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Issue one: climate change

Environmental agencies focus on fossil fuels as the big bad baddy of greenhouse gas emissions leading to global warming, suggesting alternative energy, carpooling, hybrid cars, and biking, but animal agriculture accounts for more carbon dioxide per year than all transportation methods combined. [1][2][3]

A conservative 2006 study by the United Nations food and agricultural study placed animal agriculture at 7,516 million tons per year or 18% of annual global green house gas emissions with a far more thorough 2009 WorldWatch Institute study taking into account overlooked livestock respiration, land use, methane and other oversights of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations with the ultimate outcome of at least 32,564 million tons of carbon dioxide per year coming from animal agriculture. That’s 51 percent of all global emissions compared to the 13 percent of all combined transportation. [tweet this]

And what do the environmental agencies point to? Reducing fossil fuel usage.

If we completely stopped all use of gas, oil, fuel, electricity et cetera, and never used them ever again, we would still exceed our carbon equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of 565 gigatons by the year 2030 just with the impact of livestock alone. [10][11]

So not using fossil fuels at all, which would be the wet dream of every environmental agency, we’re still gassing out the planet with the one contributor—the main contributor—which they refuse to even address.

In a similar vein, the focus is always almost exclusively on carbon dioxide but methane is 25-100 times more destructive than carbon dioxide [4] and has 86 times the global warming power. [7] According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), “37 percent of human-induced methane comes from livestock.” [8]

If we do reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as all the organizations call for, it will take around 100 years to see an actual decline, whereas reducing methane shows results almost immediately with significant results within decades. [6][56] So the proposed solutions are even farther from the mark of actual constructive change.

Additionally, livestock is responsible for 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide—a greenhouse gas that has 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years. [8]

Put in comparative terms, your average car produces 3-12 kg/day of carbon dioxide. [16][17] to clear rainforest to produce beef for one hamburger produces 75 kg of carbon dioxide.[16] Eating one pound of hamburger does the same damage as driving your car for more than three weeks. [16]

But is animal agriculture ever mentioned by any of the top environmental organizations or environmentalists in relation to global warming? Nope. They focus on alternative energy when converting to wind and solar power will take 20-plus years and roughly 43 trillion dollars, [52][53] and going vegan takes seconds and can be even cheaper [96] than being non-vegan.


Issue two: water conservation

Environmental protection agencies recommend to use less water, take shorter showers, use a low flow shower head. Now here is where you’ll find the greatest variation from my original calculations based on a 5 gallon per minute shower head. This time around, I found that the typical shower head after 1980 emits 2.5 gallons/minute with the low flow emitting no more than 2galons/minute. [31]

If you take daily 15 minute showers with a low-flow shower head you’ll be saving 2,737.5 gallons per year. If, instead, you forgo one pound of beef one time, you’ll save 2,500 gallons of water [15] for one pound of beef. This is a conservative number as figure range all the way to over 8,000 gallons of water for one pound of beef. [11][32][33][34][35][36]

477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; [35] almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese; [35] and 1,000 gallons/liters of water are required to produce 1 gallon/liter of milk respectively.[37]

Environmental agencies focus almost exclusively on curbing home water usage, but only 5 percent of water consumed in the U.S. is by private homes while 55 percent of water consumed in the U.S. is for animal agriculture, [11][38] and 20-33 percent of all fresh water consumption in the world today. [39][40][41][42] That’s up to a third of the planets water.

If you didn’t consume beef, eggs, milk, or cheese, not even counting other meats or dairy items, based on American consumption habits from 2000 [97] (64.4lbs beef down from 80.9, 250 eggs down from 374, 29.8lbs cheese at an all-time high, and 22.6 gallons milk down from 36.4 galons) and the conservative figures of water per pound, you’d save 222,345 gallons of water that year. (161,000 gallons from beef; 11,925 gallons from eggs using the average weight within egg size variation; 26,820 gallons from cheese; 22,600 gallons from milk.)

But the environmental agencies prefer saving 1,825-2,737.5 gallons a year by using a low flow shower head.

Oh and the trendy little Greek yogurts out there? 90 gallons of water for a single 6 oz. serving. [43] [tweet this]

And one stick of butter takes 109 gallons. [43]

If we added in all forms of dairy and meat for the average American in 2000 (593 pounds dairy down from 703; 195.2 pounds meat at an all time high), which is less dairy and more meat than the data I had for my first video, and use a very conservative average of 1,500 gallons per pound for the remaining meat as each type varies (derived from the average of 552 gallons per pound proposed for chicken and the already conservative 2,500 gallons per pound beef), and an even more conservative 600 gallons for the remaining dairy (derived from the lower average of 436 per pound of butter [43] and 900 gallons per pound of cheese), a vegan year would save approximately 724,925 gallons. (355,800 gallons from dairy; 161,000 gallons from beef; 196,200 gallons from other meats; 11,925 gallons from eggs using the average weight within egg size variation.)

Not only does that blow every water conservation recommendation out of the water, but with the new calculations, forget what I’ve said about not showering in the past—you would have to not shower at all for over 66 years if you took daily 15 minute showers or close to a 100 years if you took daily 10 minute showers, both with a water saving shower head. [tweet this]

And the advice of the supposed environmental champions: shower less, turn off the water while soaping your hands, run your sprinklers at night. Because that’s how we’re going to change the world.


Issue three: fracking (and no, I did not just curse)

Fracking is the new golden child of environmentalists and their leading organizations. Fracking is destroying the planet! It’s polluting the waters!

In the united states alone, fracking uses from 70-140 billion gallons of water. [44] Keep in mind for the big numbers that a thousand seconds is 17 minutes, a million seconds is 12 days, a billion seconds is 31.7 years, and a trillion seconds is 31,709.8 years.

In the United States alone, animal agriculture uses 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually. [45][46]

Taking into account the exponential difference between a billion and a trillion, animal agriculture in the united states consumes anywhere from 486 to over 1,000 times (1,086) more water than fracking, the largest threat to water according to environmentalists. [tweet this]


Issue four: ocean dead zones and over-fishing 

Some of the worst human-created devastation is in our oceans. Three quarter of the world’s fisheries are exploited. [47][48]

90 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year. [50]

For every one pound of fish caught, up to five pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.[51]

We could see fishless oceans by 2048. [49]

And what’s suggestion of the major ocean protection organizations? Sustainable fishing.[64] there’s no way to make 100 million tons of fish by 2050 sustainable, especially given the 5 pounds of by-catch for every one pound of fish.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones [30][20][21][18][27] with livestock operations on land having created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans. [11][65]


Issue five: waste management

Environmental agencies focus on industrial waste and the disposal and sanitation of human waste while a farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people [29] and it is entirely untreated. [tweet this] In fact, every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US. This doesn’t include the animals raised outside of USDA jurisdiction or in backyards, or the billions of fish raised in aquaculture settings in the US [22][66][67] and it all has no proper management system leading to ground water and ocean pollution.

Perhaps they don’t want to address the fecal issue because they themselves are full of…moving on.


Issue six: species extinction

10,000 years ago, 99% of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals, today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98% of the zoomass, with wild animals comprising only 2%. [57]

Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction [87][88], the leading cause of which, as we shall see, is animal agriculture.

We are currently facing the largest mass extinction in 65 million years. [78][79]

According to an interview conducted by Dr. Richard Oppenlander with Dr. Simon Stuart, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature species survival commission:

“Habitat loss from grazing livestock and feed crops is far and away the most pervasive threat to terrestrial animal species, impacting 86 percent of all mammals, 88 percent of amphibians, and 86 percent of all birds.

One in every eight birds, one in every three amphibians, and one in every four mammals is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future.

The Alliance for Global Conservation estimates 36 percent of all species on our planet are in danger of extinction. And what are the major species protection organizations recommending? wildlife rehabilitation and conservation, fighting poaching, and breeding programs. Way to throw a bandaid on an open artery. I'm sure it will hold.


Issue seven: habitat destruction, land usage & deforestation

A third of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading cause. [11][68][69][70][71][72]

Nearly half of the contiguous united states is devoted to animal agriculture. [74][75][76]

1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food and only 375 pounds of meat. [11][80][81][82]

The land required to feed 1 vegan for 1 year is 1/6th acre. It’s 3 times as much for a vegetarian and 18 times as much for a meat-eater. [80][83] [tweet this]

You can grow 15 times more protein on any given area of land with plants versus animals. [86] [tweet this]

136 million rainforest acres have been cleared for animal agriculture with 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second. [89][90][13][14]

In fact, animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 percent of Amazon Rainforest destruction. [11] [12]

A single quarter-pounder burger takes 55 square feet of rainforest to produce. [93][94]

But what do the major rainforest protection agencies focus on primarily? Palm oil and pulp production.


Now for the too long didn’t watch/read version:

Animal agriculture is:

  • The leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions leading to global warming,[3]
  • Uses a third of the earth’s fresh water, [9]
  • Up to 45 percent of the earth’s land, [10]
  • Is responsible for 91 percent of Amazon Rainforest destruction [12] with 1-2 acres being cleared every second,
  • And is a leading cause of species extinction [8][28][26][24][19], ocean dead zones [30][20][21][18][27][22][29],
  • And habitat destruction [26][24][18].

Environmental agencies not only do not focus on animal agriculture, the absolute most devastating and pervasive single cause of multi-dimensional environmental destruction, but they actually refuse to even acknowledge it.

And individual environmentalists, by and large, perhaps as a consequence or by their own social indoctrination, aren’t even aware of this issue despite devoting themselves to championing the environment.


For the wrap up:

The actual problem is animal agriculture and the actual solution is a vegan diet.

A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50 percent less carbon dioxide,

Uses 1/11th the oil,

1/13th the water, and

1/18th the land

compared to a meat-lover for their food [55][59][60][61][62][63], and every day saves:

  • 1,100 gallons of water,
  • 45 pounds of grain,
  • 30 square ft of forested land,
  • 20 pounds carbon dioxide equivalent, and
  • one animal’s life. [36][11][54][55][35]

Given all of these facts, it’s abundantly clear that veganism is the only answer to the environmental crisis and the environmental organizations collective failure to recognize this fact leave them with a wrongness tally total of: 13766

qualifying them for an ultimate score of:

more full of fecal matter than the 7 million tons produced every second by farm animals in the united states.

It’s time to get real. You cannot be an environmentalist and a non-vegan. It’s now beyond personal choice and allowing everyone their dietary preference. The earth cannot sustain the way we eat. This is a fact and it’s fast approaching critical mass. At this point, their is no reason to keep eating animals other than the purely selfish reason of not wanting to change our habits.

If we want our children to have a world to live on, we have to stop being so childish ourselves regarding our diets and cut out the crap.

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[1] Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment. [Original Link no longer active. Similar post active here]

[2] Environmental Protection Agency. “Global Emissions.

[3]Goodland, R Anhang, J. “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change were pigs, chickens and cows?” WorldWatch, November/December 2009. Worldwatch Institute, Washington, DC, USA. Pp. 10–19.

[4] Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions by Drew T. Shindell*, Greg Faluvegi, Dorothy M. Koch, Gavin A. Schmidt, Nadine Unger, Susanne E. Bauer

[6] Dr. Kirk R. Smith, MPH, PhD, Professor of Global Environmental Health at UC Berkley, as quoted in Cowspiracy documentary

[7] Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.” Working Group I.


[9] Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems

Mario Herreroa,b,1, Petr Havlíkb,c, Hugo Valinc, An Notenbaertb, Mariana C. Rufinob, Philip K. Thorntond, Michael Blümmelb, Franz Weissc, Delia Graceb, and Michael Obersteinerc

[10] Thornton, Phillip, Mario Herrero, and Polly Ericksen. “Livestock and Climate Change.” Livestock Exchange, no. 3 (2011).

[11] Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. . Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

[12] World Bank. “Causes of Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon

[13] “Avoiding Unsustainable Rainforest Wood.” Rainforest Relief.

[14] Facts about the rainforest from

[15] 2,500 Gallons All Wet by John Robbins, also in his book “Diet for a New America

[16] How Our Food Choices can Help Save the Environment by Steve Boyan, PhD

[17] Average Annual Emissions & Fuel Consumption for Gasoline-Fueled Passenger Cars and Light Trucks by the EPA

[18]  Comfortably Unaware by Richard Oppenheimer

[19] The Encyclopedia of Earth, “The Causes of Extinction“. 

[20] NOAA, “What is a dead zone“.

[21] Scientific America, “What Causes Ocean “Dead Zones“?”.

[22] “What’s the Problem?” United States Environmental Protection Agency.

[23]The Encyclopedia of Earth, “The Causes of Extinction“.

[24] Annenberg Learner, Unit 9: Biodiversity Decline // Section 7: Habitat Loss: Causes and Consequences

[25] WWF, “Losing their homes because of the growing needs of humans.

[26] Center for Biological Diversity, “How Eating Meat Hurts Wildlife and the Planet“.

[27] “Fire Up the Grill for a Mouthwatering Red, White, and Green July 4th.” Worldwatch Institute.

[28] Oppenlander, Richard A. “Biodiversity and Food Choice: A Clarification.” Comfortably Unaware. 2012

[29] “Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Research and Development. 2004.

[30] Osterman, L.E., Poore, R.Z., Swarzenski, P.W., 2008, Gulf of Mexico dead zone–1000 year record: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1099,

[31] Water Sense by the EPA

[32] Oxford Journals. “Water Resources: Agricultural and Environmental Issues

[33] The World's Water. “Water Content of Things

[34] Journal of Animal Science. “Estimation of the water requirement for beef production in the United States.

[35] “Meateater’s Guide to Climate Change & Health.” Environmental Working Group.

[36] “Water Footprint Assessment.” University of Twente, the Netherlands.

[37] Water Footprint Network, “Product Water Footprints“.

[38] Jacobson, Michael F. “More and Cleaner Water.” In Six Arguments for a Greener Diet: How a More Plant-based Diet Could save Your Health and the Environment. Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 2006.

[39] A Global Assessment of the Water Footprint of Farm Animal Products by Mesfin M. Mekonnen* and Arjen Y. Hoekstra [states 1/5 of global water]

[40] The water footprint of poultry, pork and beef: A comparative study in different countries and production systems by P.W. Gerbens-Leenes, , M.M. Mekonnen , A.Y. Hoekstra [States 27%-30%+ of global water consummation is for animal agriculture]

[41] Biomass use, production, feed efficiencies, and greenhouse gas emissions from global livestock systems by Mario Herreroa,b,1, Petr Havlíkb,c, Hugo Valinc, An Notenbaertb, Mariana C. Rufinob, Philip K. Thorntond, Michael Blümmelb, Franz Weissc, Delia Graceb, and Michael Obersteinerc [States 1/3 of global fresh water consumed is for animal ag.]

[42] “Freshwater Abuse and Loss: Where Is It All Going?” Forks Over Knives.

[43] It Takes HOW Much Water to Make Greek Yogurt?! Dairy products require a whole lot of water—and many of them come from drought-ridden California. By Julia Lurie and Alex Park in Mother Jones but with academic citations

[44] “Draft Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.” EPA Office of Research and Development. United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011.

[45] Pimentel, David, et al. “Water Resources: Agricultural And Environmental Issues.” BioScience 54, no. 10 (2004): 909-18.

[46] Barber, N.L., “Summary of estimated water use in the United States in 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2009–3098.

[47] “Overfishing: A Threat to Marine Biodiversity.” UN News Center.

[48] “General Situation of World Fish Stocks.” United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

[49] Science, “Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services“.

[50] “World Review of Fisheries and Aquaculture.” UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO). 2012.

[51] “Discards and Bycatch in Shrimp Trawl Fisheries.” UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO).

[52] Infographic: How Much it Would Cost for the Entire Planet to Switch to Renewable Energy by Elliot Chang

[53] The Cost of Going Green Globally by Anne Perkins

[54] “Measuring the daily destruction of the world’s rainforests.” Scientific American, 2009.

[55] “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK.” Climactic change, 2014.

[56] Press Release, Climate Summit 2014.

[57] Vaclav Smil, Harvesting the Biosphere: The Human Impact, Population and Development Review 37(4): 613-36, December 2011. The proportions are of mass measures in dry weight.

[58] Dr. Will Tuttle as quoted in the Cowspiracy documentary

[59] CO2:  The Carbon Footprint of 5 Diets Compared.” Shrink The Footprint.

[60] Oil, water: “Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003.

[61] One Green Planet, “Meat The Truth“.

[62] Robbins, John. “Food Revolution“. Conari Press, 2001 [Quoted Here]

[63] “Our food our future.” Earthsave.

[64] Oceana Living Blue Suggestions


[66] “How To Manage Manure.” Healthy Landscapes.

[67]“FY-2005 Annual Report Manure and Byproduct Utilization National Program 206.

USDA Agricultural Research Service. 2008.

[68] “UN launches international year of deserts and desertification.” UN news centre, 2006.

[69] UWC, “Desertification“.

[70] The Encyclopedia of Earth, “Overgrazing“.

[71] UN, “Desertification, Drought Affect One Third of Planet, World’s Poorest People, Second Committee Told as It Continues Debate on Sustainable Development“.

[72] Free From Harm article that explains desertification and livestock’s role

[73] “Costs and Consequences: The Real Price of Livestock Grazing on America’s Public Lands” the Center for Biological Diversity

[74] U.S. extrapolated data from EPA, Land Uses.

[75] Versterby, Marlow; Krupa, Kenneth. “Major uses of land in the United States.” Updated 2012. USDA Economic Research Service.

[76] USDA, Major Uses of Land in the United States, 1997.

[77] “Rearing cattle produces more greenhouse gases than driving cars, UN report warns.” UN News Centre, 2006.

[78] Niles Eldredge, “The Sixth Extinction

[79] Mass extinction of species has begun. Referencing speech by environmentalist Professor Norman Myers

[80] Direct Seeded Vegetable Crops, Johnny Seeds.

[81] USDA NASS, “One Acre of Washington's farmers land

[82] Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 2012.

[83] Diet for a New America” by John Robbins

[84] “Our food our future.” Earthsave.

[85] PNAS. Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States

[86] “Soy Benefits”. National Soybean Research Laboratory.

[87] “Rainforest statistics and facts.” Save the amazon.

[88] Monga Bay, “What is Deforestation?

[89] “Amazon Destruction.” Monga Bay.

[90] 214,000 square miles occupied by cattle (136 million acres)

[91] Rainforest facts.

[92] World Resources Institute, “Keeping Options Alive.”

[93] EarthSave Infographic

[94] How Cows Kill Rainforests: The Flip-Side of an All-Beef Patty

[95] Cowspiracy the documentary

[96] Eating Vegan On $4 A Day

[97] Profiling Food Consumption in America USDA Agriculture Factbook

Errors Found Thus Far:

1] At 2:10 I say the incorrect “metric tons” instead of “million tons.”  “Million tons” is correct and was caught in editing and displayed properly onscreen.

2] At 2:26 I say the incorrect “32,654” instead of “32,564.”  “32,564” is correct and was caught in editing and displayed properly onscreen.

1] At 7:43 I say the correct “486” but “466” is displayed onscreen.  486 is correct and an annotation was added to the video [only visible on computer viewing]

2] At 10:23 in the video, I say the correct “37,000” but “37,0000” is displayed onscreen.  37,000 is obviously correct and an annotation was added to the video [only visible on computer viewing]

3] At 10:32 in the video, I say the correct “1/6th Acre” but “1/16th Acre” is displayed onscreen.  1/6th Acre is correct and an annotation was added to the video [only visible on computer viewing]

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  1. sally anne hubbard on July 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful information.
    This is what bothers me about the people who brag of saving the planet (they are actually saving themselves, the planet will survive but no life.) they will not eliminate the worst consumers of energy or anything they like. I am referring to meat. My advise to them is don’t wave your green flag unless and until you are 100% green.

  2. Kim Herøy on July 15, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I think this is my favorite video so far, Emily. Great job! When I stop being a broke student, I will hopefully join the nugget army. In the meantime, I hope translating this video to Norwegian is enough. ;-)

    Also, I’ve referenced you in my blog. You’re one of my go-to sources when I do research on veganism, so keep those videos coming!!!

    Auf wiedersehen,

  3. Kendyra on July 15, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Wow Emily. The world needs to know this. How can we get you to do a TED talk? That could massively increase your exposure. I hope your mother watched this and does something about it this time (you know what I mean

  4. Kristen on July 15, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to produce this! People NEED to go vegan if we want to survive. At this point, the level of destruction, if not stopped, will make life unbearable for US in OUR lifetime.

  5. Kim Herøy on July 16, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Here is where you can nominate Emily for a Ted talk.

    I already sent my nomination. Now: “Go live vegan and do the same” ;-)

  6. Marisa Herrera on July 16, 2015 at 5:34 am

    AMAZING video! So thorough, well researched and with a bit of mockery – Loved it! All the information presented in your video is well documented, and yet the environmental/world organizations, industry, governments, and the populous at large ignore it. A selfish and destructive species we are.

    THANK YOU for producing Bite Size Vegan.
    I agree with Kendyra, you need to have a TED talk and be on the various TV talk shows. We need to spread Bite Size Vegan far and wide!

    I just saw the link for nominating a TED speaker posted by Kim Heroy I’m nominating you, Emily, as well. And sharing this video to my network, as I do the others.

    • Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) on July 17, 2015 at 1:15 am

      thank you so much Marisa :) it is terribly frustrating that people don’t see the truth.. all i can do is keep speaking it! Oh and thank you so much for nominating and sharing! i’m honored :)

  7. Daddio7 on July 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Look in a mirror, smile, observe your dentation. Yep, you are an omnivore. Just like me, you can’t help it, you were born that way. You must be brave, come out of the closet, and eat a steak. Omnivore pride baby.

    • Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) on July 17, 2015 at 1:13 am

      actually our dentation points far more to herbivore than omnivore. tear into the raw hide of gazelle and fell the gazelle without tools and then you can eat your meat. regardless, we have choice not to eat animals and thus not kill them or the planet or take food from the hungry. if we really are “the top of the food chain” we should behave with responsibility.

  8. Kim Herøy on July 17, 2015 at 2:53 am

    PHIEW!!! Just finished the Norwegian translation of your video. Crikey that took a while XD U gotta stop talking so fast Emily! (just kidding ^_- )

    Anyway, I added my name at the of the video as the translator and a link to my vegan website if you don’t mind. (

    Now, good night, sleep tight, and I’ll see you soon!

  9. Alex on July 17, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Emily this is incredible!! One of my favourite videos so far, I have already shared it on Facebook and this is a topic coming up in conversations with my family recently so I will show them too.
    Thought I should let you know, at 10m23s there is a little mistake, you accidentally wrote 37,0000 and I think you meant 37 000.
    Keep up the awesome video’s, your content is incredible and I have just recommended you for a ted talk too!! xx

  10. Kim Herøy on July 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Never mind. Amara replaced the “translated by Kim Herøy” with “Subtitles by the community”. I guess personal credit aren’t their thing. XD

    Anyway, for the greater good and all of that. ^_-

  11. seb on July 17, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Love that video.
    So good to have some real, solid content with message worth spreading.

    It does contrast so much compared to all the s*** I saw lately from well known vegans :(

    Actually I think we should do some infographic poster based on this video. I’d totally buy one (and photocopy hundreds others to stick them on butcheries around me)

  12. The Vegan Junction on July 17, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Great video! Thank you for covering the environmental aspect in such detail. The irony of so many “environmentalists” gets frustrating, especially because there really is something practical, realistic and effective that we can all be doing to make a substantial difference!

  13. Anna on July 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    This is a fantastic video! So informative. I think this is really useful for people who claim that they don’t care about animal welfare, but are interested in environmental issues. The benefits of going vegan are boundless! I’m really happy to be able to share so much useful info in a bitesize nugget :) It’s hard to argue with the facts. Keep up the good work, you are doing a great job.

  14. Kira on July 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm


  15. Eva on November 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hi there , I am sharing your videos on many places mainly at gatherings. But these datas I am going to share at the upcoming conference here in Paris (maybe stand outside at the building with writings) and at other events held by experts. Because of this conference we have a lot of environmental talks this month. I’m a bit ignorant on the subject so I just put out the numbers and send people to your site. I am vegan by the way. Your channel is the best.
    here is the link to the conference:

    • Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) on November 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Eva. That would be pretty awesome if you share it there! I so appreciate you sharing it around and that conference looks like a great place to reach people :)

  16. Fernanda on November 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Emily,
    thank you so much for all the work you are doing. I am vegan myself and I would prefer to present such a crucial information not under “everything wrong with….” – rather I would call it: “Everything right with vegan environmentalism”. It`s easy to point out wrongness and make non-vegans get defensive. Instead focusing on what is right/sustainable about vegan lifestyle helps people to understand what a tremendous impact of saving our resources they have by shifting to vegan life-style. Or how about wording this information like: “do you know the most effective and sustainable actions (not addressed by main-stream media at all) you can take to really save the planet for future generations.

    • Emily Moran Barwick (BiteSizeVegan) on November 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for your input Fernanda. I do believe positivity is great and I typically am not negative in my approach (and even note in this video tha it will be more sarcastic). Different styles can grab different people. Definitely keep speaking up!

  17. Fernanda on November 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks again for bringing all this research so concisely and put it in just 11 min all together!

  18. Richard on March 31, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I love the video but agree that everything wrong with environmentalism isn’t the best angle to present this amazing collection of facts. We want environmentalism to be a good thing for society, we just don’t want the mainstream NGOs and FAOs of the world to dictate the agenda for solutions.

    There isn’t one ‘environmentalism’, different cultures and philosophies have their own environmentalism, including one that includes veganism as the main solution, however I know what you mean. Perhaps it could be ‘why mainstream environmentalism doesn’t work without veganism’ or
    ‘we can’t save the planet and eat our steaks too’.

    that’s my 2 cents, I love your work

  19. Alessandro on April 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Emily,

    I just stopped my perpetual donations to Greenpeace. I will be more than happy to donate that few bucks to Nugget Army. This video was really educational, I was already thinking about veganism and environmentalism (it sounded a little bit… weird… for a vegan like me to fight for “sustainable tuna”, what the hell). I still have to admit that some battles (against GMOs and TTIP, for example) are worth to fight. But wait… GMOs target mostly soy and mais (animal food). We need to work around nature limits to feed animals that we eat. This is so stupid.

    Thanks for all you do, i wish i could be as charismatic as you.

  20. Tui Allen on December 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    So glad to have discovered this power-house woman. You have to ask. Where does she get her energy? It sure ain’t from eating meat.
    I am particularly grateful for how she includes and understands the role of the oceans. They are my own personal greatest concern, living as I do in New Zealand in the middle of the world’s biggest expanse of ocean.

    This country markets itself to the world as a tourist destination that is “clean and green,” while making most of our annual income from exporting the products of animal agriculture. And we have bowled almost every last inch of the country’s native forests to create the farms.

    Those forest were like no other forests on earth. That is because this country rose up out of the sea only 20 million years ago so far away from other land masses that its ecology evolved separately and uniquely, with no land mammals – only insects and birds. What a window to another universe it was – like arriving on a different planet. BUT the first mammal to arrive was mankind and that was the end of all that alien beauty that existed before we came.
    I have posted this same comment on the Youtube version of this video. For some weird reason it has appeared there under my daughter’s online identity. She calls herself Feraliza FeralEyes – (bless her,) so when you see that name on this post you will know it is really me – Tui.

  21. lucie on February 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Hi Emily! I’ve noticed that some of the sources you’re put up do not work anymore. Do you think there’s a way you could fix them?

    • Emily Barwick on February 3, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Hi Lucie! thank you so much for letting me know. It’s on my very long list of to-dos to go back through the 400ish videos and fix any broken links, errors, etc, and add actual citations to the super old ones that I did before I knew how to work a citation manager :P

      At the moment, I’m putting a lot of time into the foundational elements for being able to bring on volunteers and a structured team so that a lot of these things can eventually be addressed, as I’m not even keeping up with the new content and messages :D If you could please submit which links are broken through the contact form at the bottom of hte website, that would be SO helpful for when I can get started on going back through!

      Another “to do” is an entire site re-design and one thing I’d like is a clear method by which anyone can flag/submit broken links/errors.

      Finally, you may want to check my more recent speeches’ posts here and here as I revisited environmental issues and would have updated sources, though I can’t guarantee they are the ones to which you’re referring.

  22. Michaelann Bradley on May 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I apologize if another commenter already brought this up–but here’s what I really want to know after watching your video. I understand that cows (meat and dairy) produce a lot of methane, need a lot of water, etc–but almond milk also needs a lot of water, for example. What I would find more useful than comparing environmental impact of diet v. green trends is a diet v. diet comparison. It feels possible to me that, say, eggs could be more environmentally friendly than, say, almonds. In sum: it’s not like a vegan diet is water-free (or methane-free, etc), so you’re comparing a bit of apples to oranges here. I don’t intend to make you do my research for me :) but if you have happen to have data on that, I’d love to take a look.

    • Emily Moran Barwick on January 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I’d look more at the land-usage comparison as that is a direct vegan vs. vegetarian vs meat eater statistic. And you are correct that the water and resource usage isn’t a direct comparison. I’d love to create one, but it’s extremely complex given the infinite varieties of vegan and non-vegan eating habits.

      Still, the most basic principles/concepts are helpful to keep in mind. It can’t help but tae more resources to feed, water, house, etc billions of living beings than it would to just (essentially, but I know not literally) eat what they eat and take out the “middle animal.”

      Now if you’re eating almonds all day every day and only almonds, then yes, you’re using a lot of water. But almonds are not a requirement for being vegan. Veganism only says what (whom) you don’t eat, not what you do. Sorry to not have a more concrete/clear response atm. The variability in dietary practices is simply to vast. However, I do agree that a more direct comparison would be incredibly beneficial. And I’ve not completely given up on attempting at least some version of one. It’s kind of, in a way, like my attempt to find out exactly how many animals we kill. Thank you for your comment and apologies for the delayed response!

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