Plant-based Meat Is Going Public!

Dear Readers,

As a former meat-eater who loves hamburgers (but not-so-much ‘veggie burgers’), Beyond Meat is it. We only this year learned about this product, and in just a few months it, has been beyond reforming for our 5-year vegan family. We don’t share much on this blog by the way of animal advocacy, but this news is worthy of sharing in today’s divisive climate .. news that gives me hope. It means our country is beginning to wake up.

Change may be slow when it’s also for good. The simple act of changing from who you eat three times a day to what you eat goes a long way toward the top conservation issues of our day: land, water, climate, energy, and animal advocacy.

It’s Burger Night every Friday at DirtNKids! Thank you, Beyond Meat. (And thank you to our local Target store for keeping it stocked in the meat aisle.)

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids

[Email readers: Meet Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat’s CEO, by watching the interview within the article.]

A ‘No-brainer’ Comparison

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8 thoughts on “Plant-based Meat Is Going Public!

  1. When my sister visited us from New York back in February she recommended this as one of two vegan burgers that really taste meaty. The other was Impossible Burger:

    https://impossiblefoods.com/food/

    At the downtown Whole Foods on Saturday I noticed a big display of Beyond Meat. At $6 for a package of two, they’re on the pricey side. Does your Target sell them at a lower price?

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    1. Compare this with another processed food, ground flesh from a CAFO-raised steer: the Burger King Whopper. At just $4, many costs are not even paid at the store.

      Let me see if I can clarify, Steve.

      In the current fast food burger system, grazing land supplants forests and is tax-exempt (big animals, lots of space), feed and water inputs are heavily subsidized (again, big animals), water and air is routinely polluted (what goes in one end comes out the other end), and cruelties upon these gentle beings are shielded from marketing practices (we are regularly lied to).

      Paying all THOSE costs, that same burger should be in the range of $10-$15.

      Since I care about impacts on the environment, resource scarcity, and animal welfare, I don’t mind paying $3/patty. We make up that expense by eating from the ground throughout the week .. much cheaper than any processed food, especially meat.

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      1. It was in the 1970s when I first became aware of the subsidized costs of raising cattle (and other animals). One main source for me then was Diet for a Small Planet, which you’re probably familiar with.

        In posing my question, my mental comparison was with the prices of other veggie burgers. Granted, they generally don’t taste really taste like meat, as you mentioned.

        In New Zealand I ordered the veggie burger in one homey restaurant and was surprised when I saw what lay between the top half bun and the bottom half bun: a huge stack of roasted veggies. In fact the stack was so tall it took a long wooden skewer to hold the two halves of the bun together. There wasn’t any “burger” at all.

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  2. This looks great as a substitute. We are not vegan but I would try this. We try to eat healthy and this would be a great alternative. Do you guys have Brookshire’s down there? I wonder if they carry this…

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    1. I’m not sure. You can always ask the store manager. Show him/her a picture of the packaging (on the post). Whole Foods also carries it, but your town may not be big enough to have that store.

      Let me know if you ever try them. My meat-eater friends think they’re amazing!

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