More Reasons to Avoid ‘Beyond’ Fake Meat

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  • 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

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14 Patents in Every Fake Bite of Impossible Burger

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  • Impossible Foods, which made headlines for its meatless burgers that “bleed” like real meat, holds 14 patents, with at least 100 more pending
  • Impossible Foods should be called “Impossible Patents,” according to Seth Itzkan of Soil4Climate, who suggests fake meat products are destroying the environment by perpetuating a harmful reliance on genetically engineered grains while accelerating soil loss and detracting from regenerative agriculture
  • Impossible Foods’ products are heavily processed and produced in laboratories — not grown in or found in nature
  • Impossible Foods has even taken aim at regenerative farming practices, which are promoting optimal nutrition and health while at the same time helping to prevent pollution and restore damaged ecosystems
  • Impossible Foods’ numerous patents reveal that their products are driven by profits, and perhaps the ultimate goal is to replace real meat altogether with a highly lucrative patented product

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