The U.S. meat industry produced nearly 100 billion pounds of meat in 2017, a new record, but many criticize the industry’s practices. The Onion breaks down the myths and facts about the U.S. meat industry.
MYTH: Eating lots of red meat can cause cancer.
FACT: Eating lots of red meat can cause almost any disease.
MYTH: Animal food production contributes significantly to climate change.
FACT: It was pretty cold last week.
MYTH: The human body needs meat to survive.
FACT: You’re thinking of ground rhino horn.
MYTH: Americans eat more meat than any other people in the world.
FACT: Fuck yeah!
MYTH: Fish farming is just as bad as other factory farming.
FACT: Nah, fish can’t scream.
MYTH: The meat industry is dangerous for workers.
FACT: Safety standards have improved considerably since the industry shifted away from the meat-mining model.
MYTH: Farmed animals are treated generally well until they’re slaughtered.
FACT: Boy, do we have some YouTube videos for you.