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Meat (food)

00:01:00 1 Terminology
00:02:08 2 History
00:02:17 2.1 History of meat production
00:06:45 2.2 Cultural history
00:07:08 2.2.1 Philosophy and changing sensibilities
00:09:10 2.2.2 Meat and gender
00:10:02 3 Consumption
00:10:58 4 Growth and development of meat animals
00:11:16 4.1 Genetics
00:12:50 4.2 Environment
00:13:28 4.3 Nutrition
00:15:25 4.4 Human intervention
00:16:56 5 Biochemical composition
00:17:29 5.1 Main constituents
00:18:54 5.2 Red and white meat
00:19:41 6 Nutritional information
00:21:44 7 Production
00:22:07 7.1 Transport
00:22:57 7.2 Slaughter
00:23:47 7.3 Dressing and cutting
00:24:24 7.4 Conditioning
00:26:05 7.5 Additives
00:28:56 7.6 Misidentification
00:29:36 7.7 Imitation meat
00:30:03 8 Environmental impact
00:31:14 8.1 Climate change
00:32:16 8.2 Biodiversity loss
00:33:29 8.3 Environmental benefits
00:34:11 9 Spoilage and preservation
00:35:06 10 Methods of preparation
00:37:26 11 Health
00:39:30 11.1 Contamination
00:40:01 11.2 Cancer
00:40:52 11.3 Heart disease
00:42:16 11.4 Obesity
00:43:15 11.5 Bacterial contamination
00:44:02 11.6 Cooking
00:45:17 12 Meat in society
00:45:52 12.1 Ethics of eating meat
00:47:09 12.2 Religious traditions
00:48:10 12.3 Psychology

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
– Socrates


Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Humans have hunted and killed animals for meat since prehistoric times. The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of animals such as chickens, sheep, rabbits, pigs and cattle. This eventually led to their use in meat production on an industrial scale with the aid of slaughterhouses.
Meat is mainly composed of water, protein, and fat. It is edible raw, but is normally eaten after it has been cooked and seasoned or processed in a variety of ways. Unprocessed meat will spoil or rot within hours or days as a result of infection with and decomposition by bacteria and fungi.
Meat is important in economy and culture, even though its mass production and consumption has been determined to pose risks for human health and the environment. Many religions have rules about which meat may or may not be eaten, and vegetarian people abstain from eating meat because of concerns about the ethics of eating meat or about the effects of meat production or consumption.


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