McDonald’s P.L.T. plant-based burger is an example of the company’s new plant-based line of products to launch in 2021. Geoff Robins / AFP / Getty Images By Neil King and Gabriel Borrud A new report published by the market research company Packaged Facts suggests that 23% of American consumers have eaten plant-based meat products — and an additional 37% are interested in trying them. Is this the future? Bruce Friedrich is the founder and executive director of the Good Food Institute (GFI), an international non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that strives for alternatives to conventional agriculture products. DW’s environment podcast team "On the Green Fence " spoke with Bruce about the future of food as part of a series on meat consumption. DW: What, in your opinion, is wrong with eating meat? Industrial animal meat production causes more climate change than all forms of transportation combined. The United Nations looked at it. It said whatever issue we’re looking at from an environmental standpoint, industrial meat production is one of the top three causes – species loss, soil, desertification, water pollution. Right now, we’re all living through COVID-19, and the UN Environment Program just a couple of months ago […]

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