Food trends are continuously changing.
It’s from looking likely that plant-based beef could be next on the cards to be placed on our menu, according to Wired.com
Shockwaves were sent through the globe when major food companies unveiled their cultured meat products including lab-grown chicken.
With global concern circling around sustainability and climate change, food alternatives are trying to make their mark and emerge onto the market place.
Many have turned their attention to ‘clean meat’ technologies.
One of the most recent investigations involves the production of a plant-based meat, involving Celluar Agriculture.
By producing meat in this way, animal slaughtering is eliminated.
Beet juice, as an alternative to animal blood is used along with beet juice.
Reports suggest the product bleeds in a very similar way to that of animals.
Claiming to be the world’s first plant-based burger, ‘Beyond Meat’ burger claims to have twenty grams of plant protein per serving and no GMO’s, soy or Gluten.
The product is placed on shelves as 100% vegan and claims to taste like actual beef.
Seven years have now passed since the company began working on this new development.
Their reasons behind the introductions include simultaneously reducing animal cruelty and addressing environmental concerns.
As featured by That’s Farming some time ago, this discipline of food production has since been making waves.
With developments as recent as this week, Impossible Foods have since landed and sealed a deal to the value of $75 million dollars with major well-known leading investors. This announcement has been reported by WSJ.
The Impossible Burger claims to utilise a small amount of the natural resources of the Earth. Research which is being conducted for half a decade now, uses 95% land and 74% water.
In turn, a total of 87% less greenhouse gas emissions are produced, resulting in a product that is free from any artificial ingredients, antibiotics, hormones and cholesterol.
The company has made claims that a naturally-occurring protein called ‘heme’ found in animals and plants gives the texture and flavour of animal-produced beef.
According to PNAS, an estimate suggests that producing beef requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water than producing pork or chicken and 11 times more water.
This releases five times more greenhouse gases than poultry. It has to be noted that cattle production is not the sole contributor to greenhouse gas production levels.
A shift in a new direction
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an Oxford study conducted suggested that the worldwide shift to animals away from plants could bring benefits.
With countries in the developing world set to benefit most, premature mortality on a global stage could see a reduction by between 6 and 10%.
Meat alternatives are really started to get grounded on the market place.
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