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Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Is Meat Really That Bad?

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Synopsis
  • This video is mainly about beef production, the footprints of various foods, and agricultural land requirements to produce various foods.
  • It concludes that beef can be produced in a variety of ways with differing impacts on the climate, but will always produce more emissions than a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It does not shame the viewer for their food choices but empowers individuals to make informed decisions based on one's own knowledge. 
  • It dispels common misconceptions about beef production and addresses misleading marketing campaigns. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The content of the video ends at 10:13, the remaining time is an advertisement. 
  • There is an ad before the video.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
As an individual, consuming meat, particularly beef, is one of our biggest contributions to climate change. There is also a lot of misleading marketing out there in regards to the carbon footprint of various ways in which beef is produced. This video dispels some of these myths and talks about the carbon cost of beef. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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