Great news for environmentalists and animalists alike : people are eating less meat and embracing more plant based products in their diets.
Great for animals, as less production means better welfare. Great for the planet as we reduce emissions. Great for health as we reduce saturated fats..
So it seems like it is great news and I should leave it at that.
But I would like to dig deeper instead and ask this question : what are we replacing meat with?
And the answer is not fresh produces and pulses (which to me are the base of healthy meat free diets). The correct answer is: artificial and processed meat substitutes.
So what are the problems with these products ?
A) they are processed, and contain way too many ingredients some of which you don’t need. And the processing will require industries which are also not great for the environment
B) proteins have been extracted - so instead of eating whole soya beans you eat something that has been extracted following heavy processing . And you may only get part of what nature intended..
C) other processes to create things like Quorn involve making a fungus - making new foods which are not necessarily safe (they are maybe too new to fully understand their complications)
D) they often contain hidden fats, and those fats may be terrible for the environment
E) cultivation of soy requires s lot of water and land - which also brings to deforestation
Basically, what I am saying is that while eating less meat is a good thing we shouldn’t try to substitute it for something similar but instead try and cook from scratch as much as possible with basic and simple whole ingredients...
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