Tatiana Martinez, Section Editor

Fake, or plant-based meat is revolutionizing the food industry, providing more options for vegetarians and vegans alike, as well as aiding in sustainability for our world. But is it too good to be true? The meat industry is continuing to spread messages that fake meat is dangerous, but why?


Fake meat, specifically of the beef variety, is taking over the world by storm, appearing in over 20 different fast-food chains such as Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. 


It’s bad for business, and red meat companies know that. As a result, the industry is attempting to discredit and claim that plant-based meat alternatives are unhealthy or even dangerous and ultra-processed.


Due to sales of fake meat on the rise, red meat sales are slowly falling. This is one reason why the meat industry is campaigning against fake meat. Plant-based patties are a healthier alternative to real meat, their only downfall being that they contain more sodium than a regular beef patty. These plant-based meat alternatives also contain fiber, which beef burgers don’t have.


Personally, I believe that fake meat is going to aid our sustainability in the long run. The meat industry takes millions of gallons of water each year to feed, raise, and clean meaty animals for food. With fewer real meat products being produced due to the supply of plant-based meat, some of this water can be used for growing crops or other things.


By using meat alternatives from Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, two popular plant-based meat alternative companies, we’re no longer contributing to the tyrant meat industry that abuses its animals for profit. 


In addition, fake meat is made with no harm or abuse to animals. In regular meat farms, animals such as cows and pigs are hurt, thrown around, and even stepped on every single day. 


Beyond and Impossible both make their “meats” out of pea protein, as well as potato and soy. Most of their ingredients are natural and ethically sourced, so you don’t have to feel bad about eating them. 


A big reason why vegetarians and vegans turn over to the green side is because of the mistreatment and cruelty of animals. I’m starting to heavily consider going vegetarian because I don’t want to support the meat industry, as cruel and harmful as it is.


Fake, plant-based meat, is not only a healthier option, but it’s also more ethical and sustainable for our future.