If you haven’t heard of this person, please allow this to be your introduction to yet another insane character form the YouTube sphere. If you are an avid fan of him, coming here to trounce on me, I would advise that you hear me out first (I might just be able to change your mind).
G’Day mates! I have another great Cam Reacts for you today, where I’ll be reacting to a recent video made by large you tuber, Vegan Gains (link), who frankly, abuses his popularity on the platform to advertise biased opinions on both vegan diets, and meat health information. I’ll be getting to all of that in the second part of the article, but first, let’s do the reaction to his video: “Super Meat, or Super Farce?”
Before we begin, be sure to check out two articles I wrote previously and published to the site, one discussing the many debates against the health of meat in Some Meat and Plant Education, and the other discussing The Future of Food, a topic that is prevalent in this video. Whether you agree with my opinions on the subjects or not, it’s always important to arm yourself with knowledge before you jump into an article or video, especially with as many biased opinions as this one.
I will be linking to parts of the video as I bring up each point, so you can follow along if you want, or if you can’t access the video, you can read along, and I’ll try to help you understand the best I can.
(0:08) – So we have our first example of why you should not take Vegan Gains seriously, at all. If your intro is a deer kicking a downed hunter with an inscription reading “The New Order is Coming”, you’ve already lost my attention. Isn’t this supposed to be an educational video? Even though the information is all wrong, a more welcoming entrance would no doubt have higher conversion rates.
(0:59) – The idea behind “Super Meat”, a young business venture looking for backers, is that you will be able to eat lab grown meat that came from animals who suffered little to bring you delicious food that is 100% natural. Vegan Gains is using main talking points form their videos as proof of why this idea is impractical, costly, and unhealthy. Let’s hear what he has to say:
(1:50) – His first point is (take notes, I’ll be responding to them all later), is that this campaign is not to be trusted, as the large sum of money it would take to grow food in a lab, may I remind you, without using land, raising cattle, dealing with said cattle’s diseases, and needs, is simply too high. After all, 2 million dollars for such a project is simply too much, right? (Wrong).
(3:05) – His next point is, of course, distributing such an invention, which to a certain degree, has already been created, is simply too great of a task. Based on when the first super meat dinner is scheduled, having a goal for this project to be completed, by 2018, is simple to ridiculous of an idea, and is way too farfetched. (Wrong).
(3:50) – His third point, is that since it costs a lot of money to make super meat now, it will most likely never have its costs lowered, and it will go out of business, before it even has a chance to prove itself. (Wrong).
(4:42) – His fourth point, is that since there are already other imitation meat products out there, this idea will never catch on, and this , even though it was created though a miraculous invention not yet seen before, because it’s just a regular burger, it has no use existing. (Wrong).
(5:22) – His fifth, and final point, is that, since Super Meat is just regular meat, which has cholesterol and fat, it will just end up doing more harm than good, citing studies into meat having direct effects on heart and cancer related illnesses. (Wrong)
Now, before we begin shooting down these points like geese in open season, I’m going to go a bit into why Vegan Gains shouldn’t be trusted in the first place. Anyway, if you’ve watched the video (or read the reaction), hopefully it’s become pretty clear that the idea of “Super Meat” is one we’ve seen before in the “Future of Food” article: synthesized food. In that article, I’ve already called to attention to the many pros of this idea, from the greatly reduced cost of life, to the potential health benefits of reducing the fat content, and boosting the protein content in said meat. However, I didn’t call attention much to the cons of this idea (to be fair, there aren’t very many). The obvious ones of course being that yes, you would still need to collect meat samples from living cows to produce the meat, and yes, said meat would still have all the health advantages, and disadvantages of normal meat. I get that, there are going to be some challenges with this idea. However, Vegan Gains has no imagination, no future foresight, and (aside from the aforementioned deer/ hunter massacre), has yet another reason to not be trusted: he only speaks in absolutes. For those who don’t know what that means, he purposely stereotypes a complicated issue for his viewership to better understand, then divides it into a clear black and white, that way there’s is no confusion as to what is the good idea, and what is the bad, despite there being good points for and against each idea in question. Despite there being many benefits to regular meat, such as the high amount of protein found in nearly all human consumed animals, the fats, and cholesterol, also play to its advantages. To avoid any arguments against him, he completely ignores the protein side of meat, and jumps straight into why fats and cholesterol are not required by the human body, and can only bring harm. Once again, we have discovered a one-size-fits-all philosophy that doesn’t work. Well, its true high levels of fat in the body can lead to various heart problems as you age, there’s is no denying that having fat in the body is necessary for its function (source, source, source), with benefits such as boosts to immune, brain, and heart health, despite that, yes, being linked to bad heart health, in some cases. Cholesterol also follows this same path: yes, eating too much can make you prone to bad health, but there’s no denying the benefits of it, such as (source, source, source) maintaining cell membranes, producing sex hormones (which are required for puberty, sexual fertility, and further growth), and the repair of damaged cells. These examples alone, and the dozens more found in his other videos, including talking down to meat, protein, cholesterol, and more, show that he is untrustworthy. In fact, if you read the five points he made in the video as I debunk them below, you’ll start to see that, not only are they all similar, there all incredibly shortsighted, and lack any vision for the future. But besides that, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, and take his points he made in this video into light and see if we can’t scrape up some more evidence on why he’s wrong.
Point One (too much money) – Will it cost a lot of money to make this project a reality? Yes, but think about every other modern convenience: TVs, cell phones, computers, 3d printers, all once expensive, and impractical to implement (as mentioned in the futurist article), now seen round the world because someone had the dream to keep it going. Whether or not imagination is a trait that’s rare in humanity, Vegan Gains proves here that he definitely has none.
Point Two (logistically impractical) – Once again, will it cost a lot to get this idea rolled out in every home? Did it cost a lot to get a TV in every home, and a cell phone in every pocket? The answer to all of these is yes, and rightly so. Innovation doesn’t come for free, and time doesn’t go backwards; only one way. Everything is expensive when it first comes out, in the beginning only a select few can afford it, then before you know it, prices drop and everyone has one. It’s not going to be long before this product will no doubt join the fleet of other once thought impossible ideas. Wil this be the product that conquers the world? Probably not, but it’s an idea nonetheless.
Point Three (costs are too high) – Are costs still high? Yes, but they were a lot higher than they were two years ago. As mentioned in the futurist article, in 2013, the cost to produce one synthetized hamburger was $300,000. Today, three years later, the cost has dropped down to $11. Still logistically impractical, but that’s a 99.9999% decrease! If we follow that trend, in the next three years, the cost of a hamburger using this method will be less than a penny! Will it get that low, probably not, but Vegan Gains is clearly denying innovation in the cost of this idea to further his selfish goals. Is it still impractical? Yes, but I would look out for this idea becoming mainstream in the next few years.
Point Four (will never catch on) – Will never catch on? You sure mate? Not only did the cost drop significantly, and not only will this be a good product for the vegan community, but think of all the benefits this new industry could produce. Foreign jobs in places that otherwise couldn’t be used for farming, more infrastructure, more money, more food for the world, not to mention the insane benefit this has the reputation of meat, and the benefit and betterment of healthcare that would likely come as a result. Once again, Vegan Gains represents conflicted interests in this scenario, and purposely speaks vaguely, and indirectly to avoid this information getting brought to light.
Point Five (it’s just normal meat) - Like I said before, what wrong with normal meat? Are you at risk by eating it? Yes, but as it turns out, eat too much of any food, and you get sick. This is precisely why Vegan Gains diet philosophy doesn’t work. He refuses to recognize balance, the main pillar of having a good diet. Its precisely the reason why the food pyramid exists: in order to be healthy, you have to have all different kinds of food, in moderation.
Thanks for reading this article everyone. If you’re skeptical about the whole idea of lab grown meat, hopefully this article has cleared up some of your questions. If you didn’t know who Vegan Gains was before this, or came here to harp on me for hating him, hopefully I helped arm you with some knowledge you can use later, and maybe, just maybe, we all can get a little smarter. If you liked the articles, please leave a like, or a comment, and help add to the discussion: It helps me out, and helps spread ideas around!
PS, if you’re a regular of this website, just letting you know that, due to previous engagements, this week’s Society Smash will be coming out on Sunday, instead of the usual Friday. Thanks!
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