It appears the race is on to create the world’s most realistic 100% vegetable-based simulated meat product. Not only do researchers in the Netherlands claim that their faux meat creation will share an identical texture with its animal-derived counterpart, Stanford researchers confirm that it may very well also play a significant role in reducing world hunger and slowing environmental degradation due to mass livestock farming practices.
As futuristic as these pro-environment, pro-animal, and pro-human food development initiatives may seem upon first glance, contrast this vegan-friendly approach to meeting the growing demand for meat with the actual test tube meat that has been undergoing costly trials for years already.
Years of research, some of the most convincing of which has been confirmed in recent months, has addressed the dangers of over-consuming red meat among other animal products including dairy. Incorporating plant-based foods into one’s diet has been shown to help reduce rates of chronic diseases, lower cholestorol levels, and benefit the human organism in more ways than our ancestors could ever imagine.
While brands like Tofurky, Morningstar Farms, Lightlife, Neal Brothers, and numerous others have been propelling the fake meat agenda for years among vegans and vegetarians, the research alluded to at the beginning of this post lends hope to the possibility of a 100% vegan meat being worthy enough to be shelved alongside its animal-derived counterpart within the year. We can only hope that the mainstream catches on not only to the environmental and animal welfare gains of consuming such a product, but also the many benefits to their own health from doing so.