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Demand for FAKE meats is growing; why not eat REAL meat? — 13 Comments

  1. Would you ever eat meat completely raw? It is necessary to cook and prepare meat before it is safe to eat. Meat has to be processed to be edible. You don’t have to do that with plants. One of the many reasons an all-plant diet is superior to one that includes meat, no matter where it comes from.

    • I have eaten completely raw meat, although most of the meat I eat is cooked. It is safe to eat raw meat from healthy animals. I also drink raw milk and eat raw eggs, all from local farmers that I know personally. I don’t recommend eating factory-farmed animals or animal products either raw or cooked. However, most plant foods are easier for humans to digest if properly prepared and cooked.
      Your previous comment included some inappropriate word choices such as name-calling; however, it has some good points and questions that I would like to respond to. If you want to resubmit your comment without those words, I will reply.

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  3. I think your conclusion is very vague and not supported with environmental advantages or disadvantages. There is no division, for example between needs and choices of people in developing countries vs. developed countries… nothing is that simple.

  4. Why not eat real meat? 99% of meat is produced from factory farming resulting in incalculable suffering PRIOR TO DEATH of non- human animals who experience pain & suffering the same as the human .primate re identical central nervous systems
    We in the west who have no need for non- human animal protein have decided that the taste in our mouths is more important than the continuance agony of the innocents.
    Can we then consider ourselves CIVILIZED? The arrogance of humanity is demonstrated

    • I agree that confined animal feed operation (CAFO) meat production is not only cruel to the animals but also destructive to our own health and our planet Earth; however, if you read the whole article, you noticed that I advocated the farming advice of Joel Salatin who has demonstrated that herbivores are required for healthy soil and, therefore, for our health. Humans are omnivores and animal foods are the best sources of many of the nutrients–not just protein–we need for health. We should practice humane methods of farming and animal care without the poisons, antibiotics, and inhumane conditions that are such a large part of conventional and CAFO farming.

      CAFO produced meat should be avoided whenever possible, and we should promote changes that would reduce, preferably eliminate, factory farming.

      For our health’s sake, all fake foods should be avoided, not just fake meat.

  5. I’m not going to get into this, but to answer your question, very easily, which I’m shocked you couldn’t answer by yourself is
    environmental damage. Animals rights. Ethics…morals…health ETC.
    There is a rising demand because many people brought up on meat diets when they go on vegetarian/vegan diets it helps the transition for a start. People still like these products but might care for the environment or animals. Awareness of the damage eating animals causes is increasing, and as awareness increases, so will these products.

    • The current CAFO methods of animal farming are harmful to the animals and to those who eat the meat, dairy, or eggs produced by the animals; however, grasslands and herbivores are necessary for the health of the earth and for our health. As I mentioned in a previous reply, animal foods are the best sources for many nutrients that are essential for our excellent health. Humanely raised animals benefit the earth and therefore us. For example, cattle raised on grasslands, which is the normal environment for cattle, are carbon negative (http://grassbasedhealth.blogspot.fr/2012/08/cattle-emissions.html). That is not true of cattle raised in CAFOs.

      Joel Salatin (http://www.joelsalatin.com/) is one of the best proponents for how to take care of the earth through humane farming. Eating foods from humanely raised pastured animals is not only not damaging to us or the earth, it is healthy and good for us and for the sustainability of our earth. What is far more damaging to the earth is the massive farming of rows and rows of vegetables, fruits, and grains–especially, but limited to, genetically engineered crops. Even organic large-scale farms (and most farms today are not organic) are not as good for earth’s sustainability as grasslands and herbivores.

  6. Soy products have been used for thousand years in Asia, and older generation did not have much sickness or cancers . Here we are in the US, we eat more meat than everybody else, and hospitals are full of sick people. Drugs industry is one of the largest businesses in the US. Why don’t people open their eyes widely to see it?

    • Soy wasn’t eaten as food in Asia until the Chinese learned to ferment it as tempeh, natto, and tamari about 2 to 3 thousand years ago. Chinese people haven’t traditionally eaten much soy; it’s mostly used as a condiment. US people don’t necessarily eat more meat than people in other countries, but we may eat more CAFO meat which is unhealthy. We in the US also eat too much highly processed food that is lacking in nutrients. The pharmaceutical and health care business is one of the largest, it not the largest, businesses in the US, but that’s not the result of eating meat or too much meat.

  7. Tofu, Seitan, and Tempeh are NOT fake meat. Tofu especially. These are foods that have been made for hundreds, if not thousands of years. These products are good for you and make no attempt to emulate meat. “Fake meats” like veggie burgers and hot dogs are greasy, contain tons of undesirable ingredients and are just as bad if not worse than their real counterparts. I wish everyone would stop lumping these foods together as “fake meat”.

    • Seitan and tempeh have not been made as long as many think. Tempeh was developed in Indonesia in the 1800’s. Seitan was a term coined in the 1900’s and was later associated with all wheat gluten products. The origin of wheat gluten derivatives is uncertain but probably was developed in China as a meat substitute for vegetarian Buddhists. One of its main uses today is mock duck. Tofu is an ancient food and can be a part of a healthy diet when eaten in limited amounts in the fermented form, which is difficult to find in the U.S. If eaten in larger quantities, for example as a meat substitute, tofu has many of the same problems as all soy foods. The article above has a list of some of the common problems with soy.

      All of these products are used as meat substitutes, i.e., “fake meats,” and do not contain the nutritional benefits of meat from healthy sources.

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