© Beyond Meat An independent assessment found they use 46% less energy, 99% less water, and 93% less land too. Whenever we write about hyperrealistic plant-based bratwurst or bleeding veggie burgers , we usually hear from skeptics who argue that we should be eating less—not more—processed foods and industrialized products. Indeed, even some pioneers in the plant-based alternatives movement believe that meat and dairy analogs should stay true to their plant-based nature . I understand this argument from a cultural and culinary standpoint — and perhaps from a health standpoint too. After all, if we’re replacing sodium- and fat-saturated processed meats with sodium- and fat-saturated pea protein instead, we should probably spend some time understanding what they do to our bodies. And is a 90% accurate replica of a hotdog really the best we can strive for in terms of gastronomic advancement? In terms of environmental impact, however, the argument may be different. Because while there may be a certain back-to-the-land ethos and aesthetic within the green movement, there’s a danger that romanticism can lead us to throw our plant-based babies out with the irrigation bathwater. (Sorry!) You see, given the climate precipice we find ourselves on , we […]

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