The Fake Meat Scam

The Fake Meat Scam

Using strategies to position it as a healthy alternative for natural meat, the industry’s fake meat is just another name for ultra-processed food, full of GE and chemical-laden ingredients designed to look as much like meat as possible.

However the results are in! This is just a few quick topical gems on the facts of this matter: Amy Keating, registered dietitian and Consumer Reports nutritionist commented, “… while its starting materials may be plants, the main ingredients are all highly processed concentrates, oils, and flavors. If you want the health benefits of plants, eat them as whole foods with their nutrients and fiber naturally present.”

As a reporter at NBC News so succinctly pointed out: “If eating more realistic fake meat was about health, the offerings would be far lower in salt content, contain fewer calories and have a bit less dietary fat. None of them do, because the point was never to live up to the marketing of healthier eating. It was to simply act as a smooth replacement for the meat we worried about eating in our day-to-day lives.” Of course the justification and misinformation about this ‘meat we worried about eating in our day-to-day lives” is a topic for another post. But clearly it is part of the misinformation leveraged on the climate change hoax.

The fake meat industry is riding the coattails of the supposed risk that CAFOs pose to the environment and to human health. However, fake meat manufacturers have turned to the laboratory to boost profits and drive sales rather than support sustainable and environmentally-friendly real food production.

Choose grass fed, not genetically altered food. Although many see lab-created meat substitutes as the lesser of two evils when compared to the CAFO meat that’s currently dominating the market, altering the natural order of the lifecycle is not the answer – and certainly not to a cause that is not supported by real science.

On the other hand, analyses on regenerative agriculture have demonstrated holistic herd management as having a positive impact on the environment and producing healthy meat and dairy products.

Ultimately, fake food contributes to the rising number of people who suffer from health conditions related to the foods they eat, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. For health reasons, ecological reasons and your future, I recommend skipping meat alternatives and opting for real beef raised using regenerative farming practices.