Since the meat industry is a major contributor to CO2 emissions, deforestation, and water consumption, Silicon Valley tech companies are funding research to develop meat analogs. According to the BBC report, funding is coming from Bill Gates and Richard Branson, as well as traditional meat suppliers like Cargill and Tyson Foods. They no doubt see the writing on the wall!
I can tell you that my husband, dogs, and I love analogs that are primarily from the Gardein brand. My cats unfortunately don’t go for it yet!
The chief executive of Impossible Foods, the company producing the bleeding meat, is Pat Brown. His goal is to replace animals completely by 2035! He said that the meat industry is more destructive than that of fossil fuels, mining, transportation, and logging.
This BBC article backs that up https://www.bbc.com/news/business-43802572. They say livestock production is responsible for 18% of total greenhouse gasses, and animal protein requires 11 times the amount of fossil fuel to produce compared to plant protein, according to the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International.
Mr. Brown works with biochemists to mass-produce heme – a plant-based protein that resembles blood. He said it’s the “secret sauce” that gives the burger its advantage.
Other meat analog companies have jumped in with different technologies and are being supported by Silicon Valley companies. Two are Memphis Meats and Just Inc. According to the BBC report, their labs are sophisticated and show that the scale of veggie meat production matches the biggest slaughterhouse in the US, but instead of cows it has 50,000-gallon bioreactors.