Amazing plant burger spells end for meat

Delicious: It’s not just burgers. The Greggs bakery sausage roll was hugely successful. © Beyond Meat

Should we celebrate the end of meat? Beyond Burger sizzles and bleeds, but it is made from plants. Its popularity is soaring as people turn away from meat altogether.

What’s happening

It looks like meat, sizzles in the frying pan, and even oozes “blood” when you bite into it. However, this new type of burger is 100% meat-free.

Beyond Meat makes plant-based burgers from yellow starch and beetroot juice. It could be the future of food.

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For Beyond Meat, business is booming. Last month, the company made a profit for the first time as a growing number of people are give up meat to save the planet.

The meat and dairy industries are responsible for 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Without them, global farmland could be reduced by over 75% — an area equal to the US, China, the EU and Australia put together.

Livestock farming also consumes huge amounts of freshwater. It is also a major cause of water and air pollution.

As people reject meat, plant-based products like the Beyond Burger are cropping up in supermarkets and restaurants all over the world. In the UK, the number of vegans has more than tripled since 2006.

Should we celebrate the end of meat?

Some say…

No! Getting rid of meat entirely would be a disaster for farmers, who rely on it to support their families. Meat can still be part of a balanced diet. We just need to eat smaller amounts and make sure it comes from local farmers.

Others think…

Yes! Not only is it cruel to kill animals for food, it is destroying our planet. There is no excuse for eating meat, especially when plant-based burgers taste just as good. The future is meat-free.

You Decide

  1. Would you eat a burger made from plants?

Activities

  1. Design a menu of your own that uses plants to replace meat.

Some People Say...

“If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?”

John Cleese, English actor

What do you think?

Word Watch

Profit
A financial gain.
Industries
Groups of businesses.
Agriculture
Farming.
Emissions
When gases are released into the air.
Livestock
Farm animals.
Freshwater
Non-salty water; the kind that we drink.
Balanced
Containing the right amount of different food groups.

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