Want to go vegan but simply love and crave meat too much to give it up? How many times have you heard that many of the World’s issues can be solved with bacon? Not sure how or why people say that, but they do… because bacon.
Yet what if there was another way? A way we could still enjoy the flavors and textures of meat without having to actually kill any animals or harm the environment? Sounds too good to be true.
Yet that is exactly the mission folks behind companies SuperMeat and Beyond Meat hope to achieve.
Professor Y. Nahmias, Head of Research and Founder of SuperMeat explains their process as such;
“Our technology allows us to expand cells isolated from a small tissue biopsy taken without hurting the animals. We organize these cells into minuscule tissues and place them in a unique environment that is designed to perfectly mimic animal physiology, allowing those small tissues to organically grow into large muscles, essentially, just like they do in nature. Our technology is unique, as it allows for a local production or distributed manufacturing. We can place our meat-generating, meat-growing machines, in local supermarkets, in local restaurants, and even in your own home.”
Meanwhile, the company behind the brand Beyond Meat have figured out how to produce meat, such as hamburgers, that look and taste just like real meat, yet is made entirely of plant material. They call this style of meat, ‘mock meat’, using primarily peas and various other protein-packed plants.
To further add to the benefits of plant-based meat;
How To Go Vegan Without Giving Up Meat – 5 Things You Must Know…
1. Saves The Animals
A large part of the reason, if not the main one, most people go vegan is to save animals. They have every right to live on this Earth as any other living being. Who are we to monopolize upon their lives, causing them trauma, abuse, and ultimately death? By letting the natural flow of creation and death act freely, without human interference, is the way many believe things should be.
2. Saves The Environment
Cultured meat uses 99% less land, emits up to 96% less greenhouse gasses, and uses up to 98% less water than the meat industry currently uses today. Essentially, the same can be said for mock meat, if not even less considering plants are in use. These lowered numbers would considerably lower greenhouse gas emissions, and help protect the environment from climate change.
3. May Solve World Hunger
With the growing population of the human race, acquiring enough food remains to be a continuous concern unless we make a change. Being able to cultivate our own meat source (without harming animals or ourselves in the process), and/or acquiring a locally grown food source from plant material makes for an excellent alternative to solve the global food crisis.
4. Healthier To Consume
It’s no mystery that plants have always been healthier to consume than meats. Meat contains protein yet it also contains unwanted levels of cholesterol, artery-clogging compounds, as well as potential chemicals, preservatives, antibiotics, or hormones that went into its production. All of which can wreak havoc on our health in the long-run. With cultivated and plant-based meats, we can keep what we consume purely focused on health and delicious flavor, no more and no less.
5. Less Expensive
Cultivating and creating our own healthy version of meat is considerably less expensive to produce. Animals such as cows, pigs, chicken, sheep, and goats are expensive to raise and maintain. Thus their cost goes up exponentially. Instead, costs can remain consistently lower once mass production of plants or cultured meat takes effect, for the production of ‘mock meat’.
The difference between these two options is significant. On the one hand, you have cultivated meats, meat that is essentially produced in a clean, safe environment to mimic actual meat. In essence, real meat that was never produced from killing. On the other hand, you have meat that isn’t actually meat at all, but made from plants in such a way that it tastes and looks like actual meat, even down to the grill marks and red juices.
The choice is up to each and every one of us whether we decide to go vegan or vegetarian. However, the benefits far outweigh the cons of such a choice. Think of your current and future health, the health of your loved ones, as well as the health of the World as a whole before making a final choice. ♥
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