The End of Animal Farming | Jacy Reese | TEDxUniversityofMississippi


Clean meat — real meat made from animal cells without animal slaughter — and social solutions informed by breakthroughs and historical successes will eventually allow for an ethical and efficient food system where slaughterhouses are obsolete.

“Many books and articles have documented how animal agriculture devastates public health, the environment, and animal welfare. Experts predict that the future of food is vegan. But readers and listeners are left with one burning question: How do we actually get from here to there?” I’m a social scientist currently working on my first book, “The End of Animal Farming.” I sometimes write articles in outlets such as in Huffington Post and Vox, and I’ve given talks in 15 different countries on the topics of effective altruism, animal protection, and food ethics. I’m the Research Director at Sentience Institute, a nonprofit, effective altruism think tank launched in June 2017 focused on expanding humanity’s moral circle. We’re not currently hiring, but I’m always excited to explore new research collaborations.

I live in Brooklyn with my partner Kelly, our dog Apollo, and our two chickens Snow and Dualla, who were rescued from battery cage farms. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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  1. I'm glad this was presented in an educational and non-intrusive way. I'm vegan and I always will be, and I'm doing everything I can to help inform people of the horrid realities of factory farming. My dad worked for a company for 48 years designing machines that package meats and cheeses to make them look pretty and vacuum-sealed for all your local grocery stores, so I’ve seen the results of factory farming first-hand. My dad also ran a screen-printing business on the side. I love and admire my dad very much, and his work ethic put food on our table and clothes on our backs. My dad and I are very close and we have great discussions about his work and the great changes that have been made in vegan foods and in vegan lifestyles. I even turned him on to some great vegan foods. On to the point – the coronavirus is evidence of Mother Nature pushing back at the unsustainability, cruelty, and disease-ridden reality of factory farming. It has nothing to do with god or religion, but everything to do with us and this planet. I support people and organizations that promote vegan lifestyles. However, my problem with PETA is that sometimes they misconstrue information and accost the public in a judgmental and condescending tone that portrays vegans as know-it-all holier-than-thou people. I think people will be more open to hearing about the harsh realities of factory farming when they are treated like respective adults, and not treated as uninformed idiots, which PETA often does. Thank you for providing a professional, informative, nonjudgmental, and educational speech that sheds a bright light on the wretched reality of the exploitation of animals for food, vanity, and entertainment. Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but peace and justice is a dish best served with compassionate and educational discussions.

  2. No a Vegan nor a vegetarian , but I have reduced my consumption of meat to once a week. Slowly working towards becoming a vegetarian,

  3. This guy believes that advocating for lab grown meat rather than encouraging people to go vegan is the way forward. Bad argument because it is based on the assumption that average meat eaters would prefer to switch to lab grown meat over adopting veganism. Wut? You really think people would prefer food grown in a lab over vegan food? It's literally the same thing as telling people to eat the fake burger. At the end of the day, the only way animal suffering ends is by making people understand WHY the meat industry is bad. Your average meat eater is not going to easily switch over to lab grown meat and you're delusional if you think that's the case. The only way to motivate them to do so is to talk about the animal ethics and environmental benefits. Either way it's still going to be an issue of tackling consumer demand.

  4. Wrong. This is pure libtard indoctrination. Concerned about the animal cruelty….then raise your own animals. Easy solution.

  5. thank feck for this i was considering going vegan after watching that last video.

  6. We really need more packing houses locally to save on money from shipping meat from one end of the country to the other these factory farms wouldn't got that way if it wasn't for the fact that they did everything to get rid of the family farm FDA EPA too many laws put families out of business people need to buy quality meat from family farms local butcher shops.and families need to learn how to cook their own food like they did before I miss grandmother's cooking she can fry chicken in lard and it was damn good she butchered chickens at the age of 10. Family farms Rayesed there food they were self-sufficient. Vertical engine integration requires fuel the run the factories that take the food from one end of the nation to the other. This is not about meat it is about control of what you're going to eat the same people that own the factory packing houses are creating fake meat. People who are self-sufficient will not have to be in there control it's all about control.

  7. Easy for people in America to say these thing Go to a 3rd world country and tell them to grow plants when they don't have the land or climate

  8. Thank You for the great talk Jacy. Desperate and Inhumane conditions should be enough to understand what a massive mess the whole farming industry really is.

    Whatever anyone thinks of and does now or in the future, it will never be "humane" because it will always be abusive, cruel, unsustainable and heavily polluting to our whole ecosystem/environment, all that poop and urine has to go somewhere, no matter if they get rid of it and how out of sight or not it all is, and think that this goes on every day, every year, infinitely, the environmental devastation is immense, just look at the soil and coastlines of many countries, the soil is depleted, polluted, and sea water is dead and dangerous to even swim in it, let alone find corals or fish, all because this is all because of the animal farming industry!!! ⚡👹💩

  9. He's not very convincing; in fact, he's pretty lame at getting across the message of just how serious and barbaric animal farming really is. If he would just show some footage of how cows, pigs or many other animals are tortured and abused before slaughtered, he would be much more effective.

  10. Good news! Veganism has risen by 350% in the past decade – It is the future people, let's double, triple, quadruple etc this figure as fast as possible. I've been vegan before, and I am vegan again. Let's save the world one meal at a time.

  11. Rather than try to sell people on the idea of eating a meat substitute, I wish they would talk about products available NOW, pricing compared to the closest type of meat, and nutrition INCLUDING B12 content.

    It is unrealistic to believe that families will swap to a meat substitute IF there is a nutritional problem such as insufficient B12. Not all poor families can afford to give vitamin pills to family members. Many families are barely making ends meet as is.

    Next if substitute products are priced as though a luxury item….then the target of getting the vast majority of families to purchase….is just not sustainable.

    Poor families are already combining beans, nuts and grains , but that does not meet B12 needs.

    The general idea is great….but until the products available now can meet these needs we have a long way to go.

    If using these products or any meat substitute, please DO look at B12 content. If you are able to take supplemental B12 and get your level tested 1 to 2 times per year then go for it. If not…please discuss a drastic change in diet with your doctor.

    We really DO need to have another method to meet our nutritional needs than killing animals. If we can use cell culture….then we should also be able to culture plant cells and therefore plant based food in less space using fewer resources (fertilizer, pesticides etc). Could we genetically modify the plant cells involved to make B12 and a higher level of other nutrients? That could take pressure off the animal products.

  12. Why have I only just seen this. I have been vegan for a few years now and at times i admit that I become a "preachy vegan" or one to push my vegan food and morals onto others because of my strong feelings towards animal abuse , animal agriculture. But it hasnt worked much in having other join me. I am so, thankful to have come across this today 💙💙💙💙

  13. I buy grass fed and pasture raised animal products whenever I can, but not everyone can afford such a luxury. Hopefully there's a huge paradigm shift in the future and we can find a way to revert back to more ethical ways of livestock.

  14. The reason why the organic open field farming meat is expensive is that there are few farms doing it. Once all animal agriculture is at high standards, the prices would drop due to competition.

  15. A very disguised talk to get rid of animals under a treat animals better slant. Starting with cows followed by other livestock horses. I think he mentioned pets at the end also. So we can free up land to produce vegetables/grains. Obviously he has no idea of cropping on land year after year and what is involved in the way of pests and diseases on crops, how they can be wiped out easily by weather etc. Maybe he should try a vege garden for year or two and see how he can feed his family. I liked that he didn't go into the global warming propaganda too much. At some stage when it comes to food supply the world needs at sustainability of human population not the animals and this would involve education about 1 child per person ie your replacement. As for fake meat it reminded of the old Sci- Fi movie Soy-lent green.

  16. Factory Farms are sick, and now we have laws trying to prevent people from showing evidence of abuse?!?! This is a horrible world😣😣

  17. Be the change you want to see!! 💚🌱🌏 Go vegan. Get active. It's the best way to create change, be it!! ✊✊✊

  18. I can't wait to hear those meat industry business owners whine about how animal activists "ruined their business." 😂😂😂. Sorry but, you can't get away with ongoing abuse.

  19. There is just this one thing that kind of bothers me about talks like this… They use "I know deep down you want to be this person that doesn't hurt animals" sentences like facts. To me that's either one personal view of humanity among many others or a specific psychosocial way of argument because I think "deep down" everyone wants to see him- or herself as a good person so we might follow the moral that is popular. people did a lot of things through history to see themselves as good people by their moral standards.
    In general I wouldn't call this a bad thing but when it comes to talks about altruism I hear this kind of argument a lot… "I know you wanna be truly this or that kind of person." cut this part out and I really enjoy your talks. Humanity is probably too complicated to be put in a box like this and using it to convince someone doesn't seem right to me

  20. Here me out people. I dont think that eating animals is bad. We are omnivores by nature. I think problem is the industrialization of it. My grandpa lives in a farm. He gets sad when has to kill the animals he took care of for so long. There is humanity in the way he gets his food. Its just a way of life for many people even if they dont like it.

  21. "As long as there are slaughter houses there will always be battlefields."
    -Leo Tolstoy, What I Believe

    *Go Vegan😉✊

  22. Great talk. Jacy is a great advocate on behalf of living 🌱 vegan and speaking out against those that are not transparent regarding the industry that farms living beings as property. Good job Jacy.


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