“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain
Human beings are part of a long history of meat-eaters in the evolutionary chain, stretching back millions of years. Human physiology and brain development have been shaped by an omnivorous diet. There’s nothing wrong with the way humans evolved to eat meat, so long as it’s done with intention. For, we may need to understand the arguments that brought us to these “fake meat” crossroads.
The “experts” tell us that the global production of meat will need to double by 2050 to feed our growing population. Their solution? Trade beef burgers for soy-based burgers; fake meat.
But are they correct in their projections? According to several sources, the population is not expanding, but collapsing, both in the U.S., and throughout the world. High mortality rates combined with low birth rates will do that. [See The Overpopulation Myth]. If the “experts” are wrong about population statistics, could they be wrong about other conclusions?
Only 5 short years ago, the idea of fake meat was repulsive to real people. But let’s start with plant-based diets:
Popular plant-based diets include:
a vegetarian diet, which includes no meat
a vegan diet, a type of vegetarian diet that excludes not just meat but also animal products, such as milk, eggs, and honey.
a pescatarian diet, which is largely vegetarian but also includes seafood.
A 2019 Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal criticized plant-based meats as highly processed and no healthier than meat. Its headline: “‘Plant-Based Meat’ Is All Hat and No Cattle.” The author asked, what if the alt-meat industry turns out to be a nothingburger?
In 2019, the alt-meat industry promoted their version of plant-based, lab-created burgers as “planet friendly.” However, in 2019, advertisers had to deal with real opposition. One consumer website compared fake meat to dog food. Why? Because the founder of Impossible Foods said he used to eat dog food. By choice.
Were naysayers of fake meat running disinformation campaigns or warnings to people who still had some common sense?
Today, due to widespread censorship, a healthy debate, like a healthy diet, is hard to find. Companies, such as Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and Unreal Deli, claim their marketing strategies have convinced consumers that fake meat is healthier and good for the planet. But, are they hiding something behind their glitzy ads? Is it Impossible to be healthy with their Beyond Unreal foods?
In their proclamations, why do they hide the true diet of commercial livestock? That is; a diet of candy, baked waste, potato waste, cottonseed, starch, and pasta, when the cow is meant to eat grass? What about the proven connection between farm chemicals and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s? [American Journal of Epidemiology. 169 (8): 919)].
Perhaps the term, diet (note the word “die” is in it), has led people to identify with a label without understanding the consequences. What happened to the understanding that We are what we eat?