Artificial Meat: A Curse or a Blessing?


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Have you ever had a veggie burger? Chances are, the answer is yes. Veggie burgers are are essentially a soy and vegetable product with added spices that attempt to mimic the flavor and texture of a real meat burger. Many people only think of veggie burgers when it comes to artificial meat, however, nowadays there are a TON of other options up for grabs. A veggie burger is no longer your only option, stores now sell "meatless" chicken nuggets, bacon, breakfast sausages, ground beef, hot dogs, and more! There is now much more to chose from, and these options are also getting closer and closer to mimicking the actual texture and taste of the meat product, so you can hardly even tell it's not meat! Vegetarians and non vegetarians alike are beginning to realize how incredible the new technology is becoming for the meatless meat market. 

So why is this so important, you ask? Well, a lot of people are not aware of this, but the mean industry creates a lot of problems for our planet. Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Besides the obvious fact that meat production eliminates billions of animals every year, there are many other resources that go into producing the meat you eat. For example, all of those animals have to be fed! 

The article Can Artificial Meat Save The World? talks about a specific company named Beyond Meat which is has created "chicken strips" made of soy and pea proteins and amaranth. These chicken strips are the closest thing to real chicken strips you can get. They pull apart like chicken strips, taste and feel just like them. And it gets even better! Not only are these chicken strips almost identical to the real thing, they are healthier! While having the same amount of protein as real chicken, they contain zero cholesterol, saturated or trans fats. Producing these fake chicken strips also has a much tinier environmental footprint as real chicken. For example, "Where one pound of cooked boneless chicken requires 7.5 pounds of dry feed and 30 liters of water, the same amount of Beyond Meat requires only 1.1 pound of ingredients and two liters of water."

The creators of Beyond Meat aren't the only people who really believe that artificial meat will greatly benefit the world around us. Fox News wrote an article titled Artificial Meat May Feed The Planet, Scientists Say that explains how with an ever growing population and dwindling crop supply, artificial meat may be the only way that we will be able to feed all of those people. According to a group of leading international scientists, "growing artificial meat in vats may be the best way to feed an expected population of 9 billion in 2050 without destroying the earth". What do you say, would you consider giving up real meat if the artificial replacement mimicked it exactly?

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