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posted by takyon on Friday January 04 2019, @01:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the flexitarians dept.

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Meatless 'Beyond Burgers' come to Carl's Jr. restaurants

The competition in lab-made veggie burgers is heating up. Beyond Meat has brought its burgers to more than 1,000 Carl's Jr. locations in the US, marking its Beyond's largest restaurant deal to date. Order a $6.29 Beyond Famous Star and you can eat a vegetarian (sorry vegans, there's American cheese) burg that tastes much like its conventional beef counterparts. You can also pay $2 to add a Beyond patty to other burgers on the menu. [...] You can already eat Impossible burgers of various sizes at White Castle, Hopdoddy, [and] Umami Burger

The veggie burgers won't be available at Hardee's (a nearly identical fast food chain operated by the same parent company). Sorry, "flexitarians".

Big Beef Prepares For Battle, As Interest Grows In Plant-Based And Lab-Grown Meats

The U.S. meat industry is gigantic, with roughly $200 billion a year in sales, and getting larger. But the industry faces emerging threats on two fronts: plant-based meat substitutes and actual meat grown in labs. Plant-based meat substitutes are a lot more, well, meaty than they used to be. They sear on the grill and even "bleed." They look, taste and feel in the mouth a lot like meat. Savannah Blevin, a server at Charlie Hooper's, an old-school bar and grill in Kansas City, Mo., says the vegetarian Impossible Burgers on the menu are popular with the meat-eating crowd. "I had a vegetarian actually turn it away, because it reminded them so much of meat, they sent it back," says Blevins. "It's delicious," she adds.

The industry that makes these products is taking off, growing 20 percent a year. "Business is booming," says Todd Boyman, co-founder of food company Hungry Planet. "We just can't keep up. We're actually having to expand our production facilities to keep up with the demand that's out there for this type of food."

[...] The meat industry is focused on shaping the regulatory environment for its new competitors, taking into account lessons learned from the rise of plant-based milks.

Previously: Would You Try Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger(s)?
Impossible Foods Just Raised $75 Million for Its Plant-based Burgers
Inside the Strange Science of the Fake Meat that 'Bleeds'
FDA Approves Impossible Burger "Heme" Ingredient; Still Wants to Regulate "Cultured Meat"

Related: U.S. Cattlemen's Association Wants an Official Definition of "Meat"
Missouri Regulates Use of the Word "Meat" by Food Producers


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by DannyB on Friday January 04 2019, @04:11PM (5 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 04 2019, @04:11PM (#782078) Journal

    For those who prefer real meat I would point out that Soylent Green is made from all natural ingredients!

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  • (Score: 2) by insanumingenium on Friday January 04 2019, @04:54PM

    by insanumingenium (4824) on Friday January 04 2019, @04:54PM (#782103) Journal

    How are we gonna Make Room for all these soy and lentil steaks?

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by fyngyrz on Friday January 04 2019, @05:32PM (3 children)

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Friday January 04 2019, @05:32PM (#782121) Journal

    For those who prefer real meat I would point out that Soylent Green is made from all natural ingredients!

    Only in that Hollywood-damaged movie adaptation. In the original source, the book "Make Room, Make Room" by Harry Harrison, Soylent Green was made out of algae, and the idea that they were feeding X people to Y people was not even on the table.

    And I have to tell you, the book was way, way better than the movie.

    But that's Hollywood for you. The penultimate cinema moment that cops to this is in the film "The Majestic", where the writer is sitting at a meeting, and some (unfortunately not a caricature of a) film executive is saying something like "Let's add a dog! Everyone likes dogs!"

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday January 04 2019, @06:47PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 04 2019, @06:47PM (#782170) Journal

      The movie version of soylent green's ingredients is much more likely, IMO, to become reality.
      Disclaimer: saw movie several times, have not read the book.

      Simple economics. It creates a market demand for the, er . . . um . . . "harvesting" of the poor in order to feed the rich who can pay.

      If you think that sounds too callous, just look at
      * the currently increasing wealth divide
      * human organ transplants and the temptation to prioritize the wealthy
      * overpopulation
      * how big corporations and their directors behave
      * how rich people behave, especially towards people slightly less rich

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      • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday January 04 2019, @08:22PM (1 child)

        by tangomargarine (667) on Friday January 04 2019, @08:22PM (#782219)

        * human organ transplants and the temptation to prioritize the wealthy

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falun_Gong#Organ_harvesting [wikipedia.org]

        The Kilgour-Matas report[187][190][191] was published in July 2006, and concluded that "the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centers and 'people's courts', since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience." The report, which was based mainly on circumstantial evidence, called attention to the extremely short wait times for organs in China—one to two weeks for a liver compared with 32.5 months in Canada—noting that this was indicative of organs being procured on demand. It also tracked a significant increase in the number of annual organ transplants in China beginning in 1999, corresponding with the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong. Despite very low levels of voluntary organ donation, China performs the second-highest number of transplants per year.

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        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday January 04 2019, @09:45PM

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday January 04 2019, @09:45PM (#782248) Journal

          Capitalism will catch up. It always does. The problem is with humans, not the economic organization.

          Oh, didn't you read about 2/3 of the way through your mobile phone contract on page 229 it says that AT&T or its authorized agents can sneak in the middle of the night and harvest your and your family's organs -- unless your ISP has already gotten them first.

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