Is meat sustainable? That is one trending and important question that scientists and consumers alike are asking themselves – especially with the recent rise in availability of tasty plant-based meat alternatives.
Many of the world’s problems continue to become bigger ones thanks to the meat industry, including but not limited to water pollution, deforestation, and the spread of diseases.
But even with so many strikes against it, can we actually conclude that meat is facing extinction thanks to things like awareness, cool (and delicious) sustainable food trends, and crazy food finds like the Impossible Burger?
Keep reading to find out!
The rise of delicious new plant-based meat alternatives
Between lab-grown alternatives and faux vegetable finds, plant-based consumers can basically ethically indulge in just about any “meat” they please in 2019.
Restaurants like Carl’s Jr. and Burger King have climbed aboard the vegan bandwagon and have even created their own lab-grown meat substitute out of plants. Lab-grown meat may sound like a scary phenomenon, but it just might change the way we consume forever.
Check out some of the most popular meat-alternative items below!
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The Beyond Burger is a vegan-friendly (no cheese) alternative. It is made from these four key ingredients:
- Pea protein
- Canola oil
- Refined coconut oil
The Impossible Burger, as its name suggests, it tastes so similar to beef, you’ll barely be able to believe it’s not. It is made from
- Coconut fat flakes
- Ground textured wheat
- Potato protein
Seitan is the faux meat industry’s latest trend. This substitute is made from:
- Hydrated gluten (the main protein in wheat)
2019 is the year of the vegan
2019 is the year of the vegan. According to The Economist, a quarter of 25 – 34-year-old Americans are vegan, and that number is projected to keep rising.
By 2025, it is estimated that the plant-based meat market will reach $27.9 billion U.S. dollars. Beyond Meat stock prices are also on the rise, and some pretty popular restaurants are joining in on this global movement.
How new trends are disrupting the meat industry
Whether we like (love!) it or not, veganism is trending — and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for meat (or lack thereof).
Did you love this article about how veganism is the lifestyle of the future? Do you want to continue to learn how to cut animal products out of your life for good? Then be sure to read the articles we’ve rounded up below so that you can make every year the year of veganism!
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