Vegetable meat is in fact a fake. It is so for many reasons, which the readers of More About Chicken will be able to explore in the many articles that are internationally highlighting its problems and false promises.
We focus today on the most relevant points concerning ‘plant-based meat’, while leaving comments concerning synthetic meat (still a very controversial and opaque topic) open.
- Vegetable meat is, first of all, not meat, and its nutritional qualities are nothing like those of natural meat, because it is composed of vegetables that have been over-processed to try to resemble real meat.
- The business of vegetable meat production has driven the (few) industries to heavily financed marketing campaigns whose task was and is to celebrate the characteristics of vegetable-based products.
- Vegetable meat, besides not being meat, does not even have the nutritional qualities of the vegetable ingredients of which it is composed, due to the transformations and treatments that the vegetable ingredients of which it is composed undergo, which have the effect of eliminating or greatly reduce the qualities of the starting product.
- On the economic side, it appears that investors and financiers of new companies dedicated to the production of vegetable meat cannot see an economic returns that justify the venture.
- Also on the economic side, the companies that have thrown themselves into this new business have to deal not only with the costs of production and supplies, but also with the complexity of processing and blending numerous ingredients. Real meat, on the other hand, has only one ingredient.
- The famous vegan burgers are over-processed and made of more than 25 synthetic ingredients in an attempt to aspire to the same texture and taste as real meat. Numerous independent studies point to their health risks.
Those who want to get a better idea of what is going on behind what seems to be a business, even if it claims to be for animal protection purposes, can – among many others – consult these articles:
- https://adapnation.io/theguardian-plantbased-ethics/ In this particular link there are numerous other links to organisations that have funded animal welfare associations of various orientations and are continuing to do so. These include O.P.P., which has given $1.142 billion in over 920 grants since 2012. Open Philanthropy Project has donated $120 million over the past 4.5 years to animal rights activism, vegan activism and plant-based alternatives. A global plant-based propaganda machine has generated and spread the beliefs of many people (not very many in truth) about the need to abandon meat from the diet and the consequent drive to follow with interest the activities of new businesses based on the use of plant-based foods including ‘plant-based meat’.
Article written and published by the editorial staff of More About Chicken.