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posted by martyb on Monday July 08 2019, @02:19AM   Printer-friendly
from the one-soy-based-hemispherical-cross-section-please dept.

A new law in Mississippi(1) makes it illegal to refer to plant and cell-culture based patties as 'burgers'.

The law would also prohibit the use of "burger" or "dog" in relation to vat-grown, cell-based food, which is made of meat. The statute reserves these appelations for foodstuffs derived from "slaughtered livestock."

The law has naturally been challenged by parties such as the Good Food Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union among others. In a nutshell

The contention on the meat industry side is:

Mike McCormick, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation: "This bill will protect our cattle farmers from having to compete with products not harvested from an animal."

The contention on the other side is:

"There's nothing misleading about the name of a veggie burger, or vegan hot dog, or seitan bacon," Almy, a lawyer on the Missouri case, told me. "The packages clearly disclose that this is plant-based food that has the taste or texture of this familiar food."

A typical American would likely fall somewhere between these two views.

I fully understand (and at times enjoy) 'veggie burgers', however I had to look up 'seitan bacon' (FYI - a traditional Japanese wheat based food that is meat-like) and would not have known what it was at a glance (does super-seitan bacon go to 9000 calories?)

So where do patrons of Soylent Words-Related-to-Current-Happenings fall on this one?

(1) - Note TFA bounces between Missouri and Mississippi actions. There are similar labeling laws in both states. SB 627 in Missouri and SB 2922 in Mississippi.

Related: U.S. Cattlemen's Association Wants an Official Definition of "Meat"
Regulation Coming to Lab-Grown Meat


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @02:22PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @02:22PM (#864494)

    "Hi, I'd like an Impossible-"
    "Don't say it. There's a cop right behind you."
    "Huh?" Glances around. "Look, I just want to order an Impossible-"
    "SHH! Don't say the 'B' word. That's an arrestable offense."
    "What?"
    "The 'B' word. If it's not meat and you use the 'B' word, you're going to jail."
    "Is this, a Monty Python sketch?"

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @02:54PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @02:54PM (#864510)

    UGH, I realize hate the idiots that feel the need to do these fake, conversational skits. You're not funny. You never were.

    • (Score: 2) by https on Monday July 08 2019, @03:26PM (2 children)

      by https (5248) on Monday July 08 2019, @03:26PM (#864527) Journal

      You do realize that some of the idiots that felt the need to do these fake conversational skits were Monty Python? All in the top 100 funniest people ever?

      And even they had their moments where their efforts fell flat.

      That not everything attempted is awesome is a horrible excuse [zenpencils.com] to stop trying, and the fact that you're actively discouraging it suggests your current quality as a human being.

      --
      Offended and laughing about it.
      • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @03:44PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 08 2019, @03:44PM (#864535)

        Don't worry we can grind him up and still call it "burger."

      • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Tuesday July 09 2019, @05:07AM

        by krishnoid (1156) on Tuesday July 09 2019, @05:07AM (#864862)

        Pfft -- you're probably one of those horrible knights who say 'B'.