VEGANS DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT | Impacts of Soy


Hi and welcome to my vegan experiment my name is Katt and today I wanted to talk to you about the environmental impacts of soy production The main reason I went vegan about one and a half years ago is because of the environment I’m a scuba diving instructor and seeing how the reefs were dying was devastating and I wanted to do anything I could to help So from all the research I found out that changing your diet going to vegan plant-based diet It’s the best thing you can do to help decrease your carbon emissions and decrease your general footprint on the earth So I have been requested to do this video And I found it a very interesting topic for the past couple of years is the environmental impact of soy? recently more and more people are going vegan and the Demand of soy has been increasing a few meat eaters also like to point out that soy is not very environmentally friendly Therefore we’re not actually helping the environment so I decided to do some research And find out the truth of this if you like these kinds of videos if you are interested in anything to do with veganism scuba diving environment conservation Click down below subscribe turn on the bell notification, so you can stay updated with all my new videos alright So let’s get into it so the environmental impacts of soy, so let’s talk about Not just the environmental impacts But also the social impact which come along with soy Currently in the past 20 years the demand for soy has greatly grown just between years 2000 and 2010 the demand for so it went up 73% and today the amount of soy produced is somewhere around 260 million tons every single year Europe alone Gets 39 million tonnes imported into it however majority is actually going to the animals 90% of this 39 million tonnes of crop is going straight to feed the animals now 39 million tonnes, so you just get a visual Imagine if there were 24 kilometres long of truck after truck after truck bumper to bumper filled with soy, that’s how much so that’s an enormous amount but 90% of that does go to feeding animals Recently due to the large demand of meat worldwide They have had to up their production of soy Which is one of the primary things that is fed to them since soy is very high protein per kilometer It’s one of the most high protein per kilometer per hectare that they can grow this is what they feed to the animals however if we do compare the consumption of consuming direct Tofu for example which is straight from the soy curd and 100% plant-based? or if we compare it to an equivalent amount of Beef so one kilogram of beef needs about 10 Kilograms of soy to be created not to mention just the amount of water It has been said that in the short answer choosing soy is always going to be better Than choosing the meat option in terms of the environment, but this does not mean that soy is Environmentally good currently only 3% of the world’s soy is certified as sustainable now This is a tiny number if we consider coffee Is that 16 percent and palm oil is at 14 percent as vegans we constantly hear not to eat or drink? Anything which has palm oil in it because it’s so unsustainable, so it turns out that soy is Actually has an even smaller percentage that is certified to stable now Yes, it’s true that certifications are quite expensive so a lot of smaller farmers cannot afford to get the official stamp But this is also another one of the problems Due to the large expansion of these soy productions many of the local farmers which have lived on the land are actually either moved the whole communities are moved to make place for these giant soy plantations or Than they are potentially exploited Which which isn’t great in Brazil twenty point five million hectares are occupied by soy in compare to? 1940 when only 704 hectares were occupied by sua you can see the enormous growth and in Brazil Unfortunately a lot of that has been deforestation and cutting down of the Amazon rainforest cutting down the rainforest is negative in so many different areas so first is the Biodiversity issue since the trees are being cut down and giant bio diverse areas of the rainforest are now Transformed to monoculture land not only does this minimize or eliminate The places for endemic species to be able to live such as the Jaguar and the main wolf and many other Native plants and other animal species it also mean The land is very susceptible to pathogens or diseases most soy Productions are monocultures, which means there’s only one singular plant species on this entire farm This is also a danger for the farmers as if some sort of disease strikes They lose their entire crop this makes the farmers rely even more heavily on genetically modified soy Which is the leading? genetically modified plant in the world currently Being sown and then since they’re using this genetically modified soy. They also have to use strong herbicides and pesticides Which to be able to eliminate the weeds and these herbicides Then leach chemicals not only into the soy plants themselves which is then? transported and then Transformed into food for us or the animals which then goes into human food anyway but it also leeches these chemicals into the soil and Into the water systems not only endangering the lives of the local people and animals but also Travelling all the way down the big rivers and into the oceans As we know pesticides is one of the big reasons for the ocean dead zones around the world Which means giant areas of runoff of these pesticides and antibiotics from? meat and dairy farms where no coral can live The fish are dying or they’re getting you know third eyes and things like that the last thing about monocultures is The earth simply does not have the ability to recover back to its Healthy state if we continuously plant plants, and then we you know take them out And there is tilling and there’s pesticides And it’s just one singular plant constantly that earth very quickly loses all its nutrients and minerals as You guys know you might have heard. I spent a couple of months on Mazzy farm. Which is a regenerative? Agricultural farming so instead of relying heavily on pesticides You can actually just mimic nature and create a balanced ecosystem where trees shed their leaves onto the ground Decompose don’t leave the ground uncovered and allow Nitrogen and carbon to go back into the soil, so these kinds of methods are really important for sequestering carbon as well since in the Amazon for example Which is being cut down for these soy productions trees are taken away therefore our Regulation of carbon dioxide in our air is also taken away one tree can absorb About one ton of carbon dioxide in its life, so if we’re cutting down currently 300 million hectares of tropical forests have been felled just in the past 20 years to make space for Soy plantations at the current rate the amazon contains Ninety to a hundred and ten billion tons of carbon dioxide within it and it’s constantly Driving more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Through the process of photosynthesis this number is about equivalent to how much the entire world expels in Nine to 14 years of current human global emissions, so that’s an enormous amount So we’ve talked about the deforestation effects. We’ve talked about the climate effects We’ve talked about the dangers that the workers are in in terms of dependence on these big GMO companies To actually provide them with the seeds that they can then plant in these very non fertile soils because they have been overworked It’s not the vegans the vegetarians and the vegans Have increased the demand for soy, but unfortunately Majority of the demand for soy is still into animal feed therefore the best thing you can do for our planet is to decrease Your meat consumption and the less meat you eat the less beef demand There is therefore the less soy demand there is if you do still want to eat soy try and eat locally sourced soy Non-gmo soy and just be mindful of where your food comes from There are plenty of other delicious vegan options to get your protein from I’m a big fan of Leafy greens and in general you can get all the nutrients you need through eating whole foods And you don’t need to depend on soy. Thank you guys so much for watching, and I hope you enjoyed this video Let me know do you guys eat soy a lot? What are your thoughts about this whole? Let me know down below as you guys know I’m currently in the Comoros where I am working as a scuba diving instructor but I’m also working towards eliminating plastic from our oceans if you want to help out with that cause please feel free to go on to patreon and Just one dollar a month could make a huge difference in helping organize cleanup dives or beach cleanups or anything like that You can also get this cool shirt Which is the plastic is killer t-shirt and support the plastic free fund while raising awareness about the dangers of? plastic In our oceans, so yeah, thank you guys so much for watching, and I’ll see you next time

65 Replies to “VEGANS DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT | Impacts of Soy”

  1. Have you read the reports about the increasing vegans putting a strain on the deforestation due to the increased demand for soy?

    I thought I would do a little digging about how bad soy really was for our planet.

    Let me know your thoughts!

  2. Katt, congratulations. You did a brilliant search/ study. It is very interesting and one can learn so much from you just in 10 minutes. Thank you for sharing all this information with us.

  3. Anytime u try to create a movement u destroy the environment. The best is for ppl to just live their lives differently. Demands will be randomly distributed

  4. I see more and more of my family and friends eating high meat, low carb diets. That definitely contributes to the increased demand for soy. I don't pontificate much at work or at parties, etc…but I definitely notice that people are grossly misinformed about animal agriculture, what these animals eat, and the enviomental impact of these farms. Thanks for the informative video!

  5. Thank you for putting so much time and research into this video. It's ludicrous for people to think that all vegans eat THAT much soy. I get that often, like life would be so incomplete if I didn't have fake meat or tofu or fake cheese all the time, when really it's maybe once or twice a month (when I'm out and there's nothing else around). The impact of feeding livestock is infinitely larger. That's a disconnect I wish more people could see. It's our planet, I'd like to still see forests and wildlife, and drink clean water, when I'm 90.

  6. This is amazing research! Particularly pertains to me because I'm vegan and Brazilian, and coincidently, I actually lived in the Amazon for 6 years. Thank you!

  7. We eat soy occasionally and my husband prefers soy milk to oat milk (he has a nut allergy so we don’t do nut milks) – at the end of the day all monoculture farming is ultimately bad for the soil, bad for the pollinators and bad for the waterways – it’s short term gains are not worth the long term costs – I prefer to eat what I grow myself where I can. Great video Katt xx 😘

  8. Thanks for this excellent video. I'm currently in the process of switching to a mostly vegetarian diet, and I was thinking about incorporating soy and learning how to use it. I'm curious as to why GMO soy has such a bad reputation? From my understanding, gmo are usually made for higher crop yield and resistance to pests, so that leads me to ask: are they inherently "bad" or is it the growing conditions that are less than ideal?

  9. This is great to know!! I didn't know any of this about Soy. I haven't really looked at how much I eat is soy or not but I'll have to start keeping an eye out on what has Soy in it and what type of soy it is. Thanks for all of this!!

  10. I'm actually a bit allergic to soy, so luckily I don't have to think about soy products much. But it's very interesting to hear more about soy and how it impacts the environment. Gotta think about this stuff!

  11. Very well stated. Thank you for your compilation of the facts. I am a once to twice a week soy eater, and I enjoy soy milk daily. Our family is becoming vegan, and we are moving toward zero waste. It just makes sense if you care about the planet, both the place and the inhabitants of it.

  12. If you care about the coral reefs so much stop using sunscreen. It’s very simple.

    Also that 90% of soya grown to feed the meat industry is complete misinformation and basically bullshit. Look in every product you buy to consume and use in your skin and hair, nearly everything contains soya. Unless you grow your own food on your own land (including live stock) to feed yourself and your family, and only eat food that is naturally grown in your country that does not need to be imported, then going vegan does nothing to help the environment as you are still consuming in an artificial way and destroying the environment. 🤷‍♀️

  13. Thanks so much. It's a hugely complex area but you did a great job. Soy has 2 products – soy oil and soy meal – which are both worth about the same to the growers. The oil is for human consumption and the meal is nearly all for animals. It's not clear which of the 2 products drives the growth of soy plantations the most.
    Soy is low yield, and as you've said – very bad for the environment. The advice would be for the omnivores – avoid animals fed on soy. And instead of soy oil use locally grown higher yield vegetable oils or if you're an omnivore – lard.
    Interestingly enough lard is the most environmentally friendly of the lot if the animal is raised locally on a small farm and fed on waste products such are not fit for humans.
    The hardcore puritanical vegans won't like that, but the ones who took the decision because they care for the environment would love the book I'm reading – "Meat. A benign extravagance". It's a food geeks dream, I forget the authors name but he has done more research into farming than anyone else I've seen.

  14. If we were all to switch from meat, you need three times the amount tofu to replace it. So 90% might not be going to meat production but much of it would be going to us if we choose to eat soy.

    Plant based proteins, like in leafy greens, are more complex and harder for us to process. Grazing animals like cows and sheet have specifically adapted stomachs to help them process these (it was one of the major evolutionary developments for mammals) we benefited because we have always eaten the grazing animals, and that's how we got the protein.

    Meat consumption must definitely be reduced and vegetables consumption go up but we need to be sourcing our food locally and responsibly to reduce the environmental impact through transport and bad agricultural practices.

  15. More vegan bullshit propaganda with a stupid click bait title 🙄

    You want the actual figures for soya ?

    Production figures show that approx "85% of the world’s soya beans are in fact processed, or "crushed," to produce soya bean oil and crushed soya meal.

    See:
    https://www.soya.be/soybean-oil-production.php

    Also.
    http://www.oilseedandgrain.com/soy-facts

    This Soya Meal is actually a waste product of the process of extracting this soya oil from the soya beans. The waste / byproduct – soya meal – is then used for animal feed.

    The Most valuable component of crushed soya beans – oil, is primarily used for human consumption, although the proportion used for biodiesel production is growing rapidly, especially in the U.S. Soybean oil, extracted from the seeds of soybean, is one of the most widely consumed cooking oil across the world. See:
    https://www.spendedge.com/blogs/top-ten-manufacturers-soybean-oil-market

    That waste product of the oil extraction process ie the meal is used to make animal feed. It would appear that most but not all of the waste 'meal' is diverted into animal and pet foods.

    Of the 15% not used to make soya oil – "approximately 6% is used directly as human food, mostly in Asia. Other uses such as additives and derivatives for various industries account the remaining 9%.
    "
    Just to recap in case there is any confusion – the majority of soya meal used to feed animals – is in fact a waste product of soya oil production for human consumption including many of those crap processed foodstuffs. So all those acres in the Brazilian rain forest are not been cut down to fuel animal feed rather to produce soya oil for human consumption. Great isn't it?

    And yes cattle outside the US eat a significantly more natural diet based largely on grass and fodder. Only during winter months for example in the UK are cattle mainly supplemented by other feedstuffs. The amount of pure vegan rubbish and misinformation in this video is truely staggering.

  16. Just to raise a specific point, I think we should also popularise other 'alternatives' to meat other than soy-based tofu. I found that many mushrooms work just as well in quite a lot of dishes, or a mix of beans and tomatoes. A lot of people when they start consciously eating vegan limit themselves to tofu when it is really only just one meat-alternative.

  17. Very impressed with your ability to firstly embrace veganism based on what you saw happening with the reefs. But also with the thorough explanation and exploration of the topic. Subbed!

  18. You did not compare the price of soy for human consumption vs the price of soy for the average farmer. Completely ignored the fact that animals often eat a soy by-product of the ethanol/industrial oil and cooking oil industries and the fact that mono-cropping of grain is the reason why human populations exploded, further creating a strain on the environment and animals.

  19. The only way to fix the planet is to decrease the number of humans on it. If we had a one child policy like China for the next 80 years our planet would be alot better off.
    Of course the economy would bomb. Our human needs for reproducing would not be met, mental illness and widespread depression would plague us.
    But the environment would love it.
    We are to successful for the planets good

  20. Cows should not be eating soy, or corn, or wheat. That IS the problem, as well as over consumption and waste. Cows should eat only grass. Instead of not clear cutting land to produce soy, corn, and wheat, they should have left the land for the cows to graze. It takes care of itself. Nature had it figured out and we fucked it up. Animals eat animals. It needs to be done smartly and respectfully. As a former hardcore vegetarian, a practice that destroyed my gut, I get my meat from grass fed free range farms. It is more expensive…makes you less wasteful for sure. Cheap meats needs to go.

  21. I drink one cup of certified biological soy milk per day, I always check if it's biological soy. Is this enough?

  22. One vegan who does see the dangers in cutting down the rainforest. Shame scientists don't put as much energy into growing stroger thicker grasses as they do corn and wheat, for the cows.
    I have a hard time however trying to put togerther why you even brought up the reason the reefs are dying. That has sweet FA to do with anything else you talked about. I live in Queensland and they don't know why the Great Barrier Reef seems to be dying and I don't think you do ether.

  23. Great video! Soy should only be used as fertilizer. It's NOT a food. Soy has massive impacts on our health. Soy is so bad. https://youtu.be/sU9ebTkZ8b0 And it's ANNUALS that destroy the topsoil, they pull out all the nutrients our of the soil. With Perennials you have a very different type of ecosyystem, the ruminants pruning the grass. That's topsoil building.

  24. Leafy greens? geez. You should check out oxalates. Leafy greens ARE NOT healthy. Sally Norton is a good source for that. https://youtu.be/AfNfehT5F2g https://youtu.be/8sX9OTuEw-E

  25. Growing soy year on year on the same land, will decrease the nutrients in the soil, 3 year crop rotation is the only answer. To replenish the soil.

  26. Vegans don't have to eat soy, some of us don't. Soymilk is better than milk but I prefer to drink oat milk since that's the best for the planet 🙂 (Taste better too btw)

  27. Hello! Could you add the sources you use in the videos? This will increase credibility of your videos. Thank you 🙂

  28. Wrong – most soy products is for human consumption products – cattle only receive the remnants that are not fit for human consumption.

  29. Hi Cat.
    Soya is a """Fertiliser"""not a food.Think Mutated body via soya consumption. Think Cancer.
    It's full of hormones & excessive genetics & it is wrongly advertised as a food.
    No bloody wonder ppl get sick. America sure loves its canned fertiliser…aka SOYA BEANS.
    Sugar is a preservative.
    Hey let's stuff ourselves on fertiliser & Presertatives tonight.

  30. Here’s the issue..,..it takes over 800,000 tons of carbon output a day to produce one inch of Growth on soy beans……I’ve lived on a farm raising soy beans for years….cattle produce less carbon, less methane and cost this planet less then one human thinking they know more then God who put them here for us to use and eat!

  31. Almost all of the soya, from the Amazon basin, is used for producing animal feed and soya oil; the percentage used for vegan and vegetarian food is less than 1 percent!!!!!

  32. Not all vegans eat soy!!!!!!!
    I have been vegan for 10 years, never liked or eat Soy. I don't eat faux meat either. My main part of a meal is usually, potatoes, pumpkin or beans, I sometimes on occasionally eat chickpea or lupin tempeh.
    I find soy degusting. Soy is a dietary Choice, just like chocolate is a choice, it is not compulsory.

  33. The vast majority of soy is being used to feed livestock. It's like 90%. 1.29 billion people could be nourished with the soy which is used for animals while only 863 million people can be nourished with the meat that is produced per year. Which means that eating soy directly is more environmental friendly that feeding it to livestock for meat production. Let's not talk about the water wasted for meat production you already know that. It's ridiculous what arguments meat lovers come up to shit on vegans. Apart from the fact that not every vegan or vegetarian eats soy on a daily basis or at all. I eat soy maybe once a month. Now tell me dear meat lovers how often do you eat meat?

  34. It's ALL a scam. co2 is EXTREMLY important for the invironment. It is NOT bad. Ask any damn environmental scientist etc. It's what plants use! Veganism is destroying the planet by removing rainforest, forest etc to make fields out of it to grow crops which quickly removes the vast majority of nutrients from the earth it grows in leading to even more nutritional deficiency on top of what you already get as a vegan. The animals which lived there can not live there any more. Animals get exterminated. Rodents, rabits, deer, hedge hogs etc etc etc etc die in the harvesting itself in the harvesting machines for these crops. The forest that was supposed to be there and give off oxygen and maintain the animal life is DESTROYED. Nautral environment is replaced by these gitantic dead fields with plants sprayed with chemicals. Destroying the earth, destroying the humans. YOU ARE FOOLED. Farm raised animals provide a HUGE amount more food and nutrients and has a miniscule imact on the environment compared to vegan/vegetarian food. So stop repeating the JUNK you get brainwashed with to further the vegan agenda. You are COMPLETELY wrong. All you'll get is sick people and a destroyed planet. Also you can NOT get all the nutrients you need from a vegan diet. You CAN'T. You are missing out on about 15 nutrients. Educate yourself. I t scares me that people come here to "get informed" and then walk away thinking this shit is true.

  35. Great vid. I disagree or would point out that as meat eating decreases, soy consumption by humans will increase. Soy is the only viable high protein alternative to animal flesh, hence its popularity for both humans and cultivated animals. Now no one knows whether current levels of soy production would be maintained if all humans stopped eating meat. But it is safe to assume that soy production will remain high, too high for the environment and for the other downsides you mentioned. One downside you didnt mention was that soy is not a healthy food for humans. But that is an argument for another day 🙂

  36. Soy is a heavily genetically modified plant and is acidic and mucus causing to the human body. It is like eating plastic. Mucus is the cause of all disease. Eat alkaline ❤️

  37. soy maybe good for women but not for men for example Burger King Soy Burger Grows Bewbs On Dudes 18 million time more estrogen then a regular beef burger soy milkhas more estrogen then regular milk so no as for me give me the beef.

  38. soy protein is low quality it's hard for the human body to convert, egg yolks and chicken breasts are high quality proteins that require smaller amounts to achieve optimal protein absorption

  39. I watched about a good 32 seconds and off you go with the first lie about us meat eaters and farmers. Here's the truth about that water. MOST OF IT IS RAIN, which, if you are a person knowledgeable about the ways of the water, should be enough for you to understand it's a cycle. 98% of ALL THE WATER WE USE, is from rain. So, already done with this video and yes, that's a new record… Stupid vegans!

  40. Just another dumb vegan.
    I use to work on a soy farm in South Africa, we kill tons of animals while protecting your soy, i totally understand you not wanting to eat meat but please don't use the well being of the animals as an excuse.

    You need to see how many crows we kill while harvesting your soy, it is impossible to not kill any animal while growing and harvesting crops so you can have your Tofu and sky.

    Stupid vegans.

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