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How To Replace Meat

Published May 4, 2021

We don’t need fake ‘meat’; there are better solutions.

Last weekend Ezra Klein’s New York Times Opinion column focused on the future of meat. There was nothing futuristic about the photo: a pair of hands, wedding-banded and watch-wearing, clutching a greasy half-pounder dripping with American cheese. The headline: “Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat.” 

Klein opens: “I’m a vegan, but I’m also a realist.” His realism: Even though animal farming is so destructive (true) and the politics of meat-eating are so fraught (also true), we can have our steaks and eat them, by developing meat-like stand-ins made from the usual soy and additives and, later, those engineered in labs.