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    I plopped down in the sports bar Thursday to watch World Cup soccer and eat my first fake meat burger. I donít mean to slight the surging United States womenís team, but the plant-based protein slab made nearly as big an impression as the match.

    No surprise then, that a burger that bleeds like meat, tastes like meat and looks like meat is winning over millions of skeptical consumers, taking Wall Street by storm and prompting Big Ag to jump into a lucrative business that started on the vegan fringe.

    But does the world really need a KFC Imposter Burger, or Tyson Foods grinding peas into patties instead of quartering chickens into nuggets? Well, yes. Very much so.

    At a moment when animal-based agriculture is near the top of planet-killing culprits, ditching meat for substitutes, faux or otherwise, is the most effective thing an individual can do to fight climate change, according to a study in the journal Science. I say this as an appreciative omnivore. I love a flank steak fresh off the grill, a leg of lamb seasoned and slow-cooked, a brat at a ballpark, as do most of us. Vegans and vegetarians make only about 8 percent of the population, a static number.

    Industrial agriculture to produce meat is the coal-mining of food production. Producing a single beef burger takes about 660 gallons of water ó equivalent to a full week of water use by the average household in the United States. At the same time, unhealthy diets pose a greater risk of early death than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined, as the medical journal Lancet recently reported.

    The cautionary note is that we donít have enough experience yet with the ďsecret sauceĒ that makes the new line of fake burgers taste so good. Both Beyond Meat, and Impossible Foods, the two darlings of alt-meat, use about 20 different ingredients in their patties. They are highly processed Frankenfoods hatched in a lab, not carrots pulled out of the earth.

    Also, food panaceas in general donít have the best track record. Remember margarine as a healthful alternative to butter? ďDietĒ soda makes people crave a big hit of real sugar water. Some granola is worse for you than an Oreo cookie.

    That said, these are very dangerous times for all living things. You may have missed the sad notice that the friendship tree given by France to President Trump has died an early death. As a metaphor for what happens to everything touched by Trump, itís too easy. Itís as if the little oak sapling, acting on behalf of all that is endangered by this biohazard of a presidency, died to send a message.

    The treeís demise was announced not long after a group of scientists made a determination of much bigger import: the recognition of a new geologic era, the Anthropocene. After the ice age of the late Pleistocene, and the culture-nurturing comfort of the Holocene, the Age of Man looks to be the End of Man. Perhaps in very short order.

    The Anthropocene is an old idea, dating perhaps to the first atomic bomb, given fresh scientific imprimatur this spring. More than 500 million years after life took hold on earth, humans are having such a drastic effect on it that we are now the dominant geologic force. This designation comes not from the usual concerned voices seeking recognition from distracted media and political elites, but from a key body within the international union of geological scientists. As these folks like to say: rocks donít lie.

    Nor do temperature readings. New Delhi soared to 118 degrees this month. It was 100 degrees in San Francisco, the highest temperature ever recorded there for June. Wildfires are now a springtime feature inside the Arctic Circle, and temperatures in Greenland were as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above average this year.

    None of this will shame the worst threat to the planet now ó the American president. The best way to do something about climate change is to vote the Anthropocene Cover Boy out of office. He thinks windmills cause cancer. He loves dirty coal. His gutting of Obama-era policies will lead to hundreds of premature deaths of fellow Americans every year, according to an early analysis by his own administration.

    But in the meantime, there is the protein we put on our plate. While weaning people off animal flesh, the new burgers hardly meet Michael Pollanís admonition that we should never eat food our great-grandmothers wouldnít recognize. But Pollan is a fan, saying fake meatballs might help save the world.

    Plant-based eggs, nuggets and burgers are far less likely to hasten the inevitable last act of the Age of Man than the food sources they replace. And the free market ó judging by soaring sales and a bullish roar from Wall Street to Beyond Meat, a company that was briefly worth more than Macys or Xerox by market capitalization one day this week ó is lining up with the environment on this one, as carnivores take notice. If it takes disruptive capitalism to help solve a problem that a clay-headed president will not, more power to the plant dog and soy burger masquerading as meat.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/21/o...z_sRdnOBKHWq5Q
    "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

  • #2
    Well if you can make meat out of vegetable, why not make vegetable out of meat?

    Arby's creates 'Megetables' in response to fake meat trend: 'Why not meat-based plants?'

    Ever feel like you should eat more vegetables, but just want to eat meat instead? Well, Arbyís has the solution.

    In a strange gimmick targeted at the recent popularity of fake meat options ó like Beyond and Impossible ó the home of "the meats" has rolled out their own version of faux-food: Megetables.
    http://www.fox13news.com/consumer/ar...-based-plants-
    "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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    • #3
      Arby’s is wrong. While the novelty will draw a few and the politics may draw a few, nobody wants a carrot looking slightly carrot flavored turkeybrest sausage fast food dinner.

      Although far from a perfect imitation, today’s new fake meat does a far better job being meat than that marrot does being a carrot.

      It may look almost right just sitting on a plate, but as soon as you cut into it the illusion is completely gone.

      dusty (expects a hard crunch from a raw carrot)
      For every ailment under the sun - There is a remedy, or there is none;
      If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. -- Mother Goose

      "We've always assumed that you can't bring back the dead. But it's a matter of when you pickle the cells." -- Peter Rhee

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dusty View Post
        Arby’s is wrong. While the novelty will draw a few and the politics may draw a few, nobody wants a carrot looking slightly carrot flavored turkeybrest sausage fast food dinner.

        Although far from a perfect imitation, today’s new fake meat does a far better job being meat than that marrot does being a carrot.

        It may look almost right just sitting on a plate, but as soon as you cut into it the illusion is completely gone.

        dusty (expects a hard crunch from a raw carrot)
        Lighten up Clarence! It's a joke!
        "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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        • #5
          Iíve had a hard crunch biting into a sausage. It did not make my happy, although my dentist felt differently...

          (stupid bone shard)
          They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
          -Mr. Raceboy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jester View Post
            Iíve had a hard crunch biting into a sausage. It did not make my happy, although my dentist felt differently...

            (stupid bone shard)
            I hate to break it to you, but that was no sausage at the glory hole.
            "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post

              Lighten up Clarence! It's a joke!
              Look at this video! What are they thinking?!
              For every ailment under the sun - There is a remedy, or there is none;
              If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it. -- Mother Goose

              "We've always assumed that you can't bring back the dead. But it's a matter of when you pickle the cells." -- Peter Rhee

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              • #8
                Iíve had the Impossible burger and liked it, but Iím a bit skeevish about all the stuff they put in it. Iím not a vegetarian, but I do go vegetarian frequently for health reasons.
                "I guess I just hate the fact there is public property at all." - Mr. Raceboy.

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                • #9
                  I've grudgingly been a meat eater my whole life. Not for any reason, other then I don't like weird things showing up in my food.
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