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BEYOND FAKE MEAT

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Pura Vida, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. Pura Vida

    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/...2HL&cid=20201007Z1&mid=DM673255&rid=982045513

    Story at-a-glance
    • Beyond Meat has signed an agreement with the Jiaxing Economic & Technological Development Zone (JXEDZ) with plans to start producing its fake “beef,” “pork” and “chicken” products in China
    • Production is expected to begin on a trial basis within months while full-scale operations are slated for early 2021
    • The Beyond Meat brand is growing steadily, with total revenue increasing from $16.2 million in 2016 to $87.9 million in 2018; it’s expected that its revenue will continue to rise, reaching $358 million in 2020
    • Beyond Meat cites human health as one of its driving missions that will be achieved by shifting from animal to plant-based meat, but it’s widely known that ultraprocessed foods like fake meat are the enemy of good health
    • A hallmark of ultraprocessed foods are their long ingredient lists; Beyond Burgers patties contain 22 ingredients
    • If you’re interested in saving the planet and supporting your health, skip the fake meat alternatives trying to disguise themselves as health foods and opt for grass fed meat, which is real food that’s being raised the right way, instead
    Beyond Meat is one of a handful of companies flooding the market with plant-based burgers and other fake meat products, billing them as a healthy, environmentally friendly alternative.

    But before you fall for the marketing hype, be aware that these ultraprocessed junk foods are anything but natural, and Beyond Meat has even signed an agreement with the Jiaxing Economic & Technological Development Zone (JXEDZ) with plans to start producing its “beef,” “pork” and “chicken” products in China.1

    China, meanwhile, is notorious for its rampant food safety issues, including problems with illegal additives and contamination.2 It’s because China has these problems that a recent opinion piece in Food Safety News3 is so relevant when it comes to Beyond Meats being manufactured in China.

    The piece talks about the lack of transparency in food companies’ disclosure of food safety violations to the FDA. So, if chemical contamination and other problems are occurring with other types of food and you’re not hearing about it, who’s to say the same thing won’t happen with Beyond Meats and its lab-created products from China?

    Jiaxing, the Chinese city where Beyond Meat plans “to design and develop manufacturing facilities in the JXEDZ, including a state-of-the-art production facility to manufacture plant-based meat products including beef, pork and chicken under the Beyond Meat brand in China,” also happens to be the city where some 16,000 dead pigs were dumped into the Huangpu river, creating a toxic soup that threatened water supplies in 2013.4

    Beyond Meat ‘Delighted and Confident’ Over China Deal
    In a news release, Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown shared the company’s enthusiasm for the newfound partnership with China:5

    “We are delighted and confident that after several months of productive and collaborative discussions, we will partner with the JXEDZ to develop two production facilities, including one of the world’s largest and technologically advanced plant-based meat factories.

    We are very impressed by the capabilities and vision of the JXEDZ and they are the ideal partner for us in this vitally important country and market.”

    Production is expected to begin on a trial basis within months while full-scale operations are slated for early 2021. The question is whether U.S. consumers will receive the news of Beyond Meat being made in China with the same fervor.

    As Food Safety News put it, “It remains to be seen how American consumers will respond. When USDA permitted China to process chickens raised and slaughtered in the U.S., Canada and Chile, thousands of American consumers protested because of China’s dismal reputation for food safety.”6

    Beyond Meat has also stated that “China is a critical part of Beyond Meat’s long-term growth strategy,”7 and in April 2020 they launched three Beyond Beef products in Chinese Starbucks shops.8 The brand is growing steadily, with total revenue increasing from $16.2 million in 2016 to $87.9 million in 2018.9 It’s expected that its revenue will continue to rise, reaching $358 million in 2020.
     
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  2. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Vegans/Vegetarians have a right to eat junk food to, what annoys me is that the big food companies try and pass it of as "health" food. (and the pendant in me HATES that they call it cheese/milk etc, it's not it's a substitute)
     
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  3. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think they will have to put plenty of additives and flavourings plus starch and nasty cheap oils to get this to taste palatable. However it will have a health a halo around it due to the pernicious myth that red meat is a carcinogous artery blocker and the other idea that turning over land to vast commodity crops of soy, corn etc. is better than allowing beef cattle to eat grass and fertilise the soil the way humans have done for thousands of years. Join the Ruminati !
    Or if you are an ethical vegan and vegetarian demand that your protein alternatives are named honestly perhaps?
    I cannot blame these companies for taking advantage of the demand for these products but hate that they get portrayed as saviours of the planet etc.
     
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