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The future of meat

Producing meat without slaughtering cows — these new innovations are challenging the meat industry in ways that will help fight against climate change.

More plant based meals

The World Resource Institute recommends that wealthy nations cut their beef, lamb and dairy consumption by 40 percent to meet global emissions goals for 2050. Plant-based meat as an alternative is developing fast. Plant-based meat is taking over fast food chains in the United States, and globally. Celebrities have even endorsed the trend. Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are making plant-based burgers that use a combination of flavors, fats, binders and proteins such as pea protein, soy protein to replicate red meat in taste texture. Labs around the world are also racing to recreate meat that doesn’t require a living animal to be made.

How is it?

“Executive chair of Beyond Meat I've joked in the past that those first version of the veggie burgers were a conspiracy by the meat industry to discourage people from becoming vegetarian because you tried them and you said, I never do that again. I think that in the near future, over 10 percent of the meat case will be plant based and expected to continue to grow as these products continue to improve, as consumers get more and more aware of the option. And as concern around the climate and other concerns around health continue to grow, these products become more and more appealing. If my wife had given this to me without telling me it was a vegan burger, I would eat it thinking it was made from meat. What happens is instead of putting these products in the freezer section where the vegetarians shop, we see product Beyond Meat carried in the meat section adjacent to the animal based meat. And as a result, we have a much wider audience”, Seth Goldman – CEO of Beyond Meat.

Better for the environment

According to FAO, on average, it takes about 3 pounds of grain to raise 1 pound of meat. Globally, beef production is responsible for 41% of greenhouse gas emissions, and livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions.

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02/01/2020 12:57 PMupdated: 02/10/2020 8:41 PM
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24 comments

  • Troy S.
    5 days

    Nope

  • Joseph G.
    02/20/2020 22:22

    Have you seen a vegan pick up a 50 lb. Bag of dog food? No you haven't bc they cant

  • Joseph G.
    02/20/2020 22:20

    More meet plz

  • Ko K.
    02/20/2020 11:31

    Vegans are a disgusting people

  • Ryan V.
    02/18/2020 15:07

    Cows taste good....I'm gonna continue to eat them

  • Pierson J.
    02/17/2020 16:44

    Beef..bacon..ribs..steak yummmmmm

  • Rachel N.
    02/16/2020 15:26

    I have a way of producing meat in my freezer without slaughtering cows also. Hunting and fishing!

  • Ed R.
    02/14/2020 13:19

    I can tel you where to put them veggie burgers if you don't know.

  • LeAnn V.
    02/13/2020 16:09

    🤮

  • Mark J.
    02/12/2020 13:16

    To each his own

  • Joshua K.
    02/09/2020 23:28

    This crap is killing people

  • James G.
    02/06/2020 03:03

    They're trying to ruin steak, just like they did country music. SMDH

  • El C.
    02/05/2020 05:24

    If you do some research their actually really unhealthy! 🤮🤮

  • Richard V.
    02/03/2020 23:30

    Steak delicious murder

  • Jennifer L.
    02/03/2020 21:56

    I have recently started to eat vegan 6 days a week. My fiance and I may or may not have meat on the weekend. I feel much better. I'm not lacking in energy anymore at 44 yrs old. I don't feel bogged down anymore either. I don't need to lose weight but I have lost my love handles without even exercising.

  • Claudia T.
    02/03/2020 21:41

    There has never been a long-term vegetarian culture. There is always an animal protein in the diet. The absolute most healthy are those who eat every part, plus the native plants and medicines for their area. Becoming a vegan or vegetarian to prevent cruelty to animals is illogical. Vegans are no less guilty than meat eaters. By being vegetarian or vegan they’re supporting the clearing of land for crops, which requires the destruction and murder of thousands of wild animals simply just trying to live. Also crop farmers continue to trap and kill any animals which endanger their crops. Mice, rabbits, rats, gophers, moles, deer etc. as well as burrowing animals who damage and destroy roots; Fox, badgers, snakes, lizards etc. At least meat eaters actually use the animals they kill. Therefore there is no less shame or guilt in being vegetarian or vegan. Have some bacon, you’ll feel better!

  • Claudia T.
    02/03/2020 21:40

    Meatless meats are high in salt and saturated fat. “Plant-based meats have almost 4 times the salt as beef does, and essentially the same amount of saturated fat as you would find in beef,” says Dr. Hashmi at Kaiser Permanente. “It’s also a highly processed food where chemicals are used to extract the protein, which is a huge concern.” These fake meats aren’t a good nutrient source. Meatless meat lacks the fiber you would get from simply eating real plants. If you want to eat less meat, eating plant-based whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and legumes. Plus, there’s no data on the long-term effects of these artificial meats — and there won’t be any useful data for another 4 to 5 years.

  • Ron L.
    02/03/2020 20:06

    No thanks

  • PE M.
    02/01/2020 17:21

    Replacing farmers by factories... Is that the future?

  • Candy A.
    02/01/2020 16:21

    Yuck