Source: Sebastian Nevols / Eleven Madison Park [Official]
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This week’s headlines were consumed in the world of faux meat – from news of Eleven Madison Park’s decision to go completely vegan to the approval of Impossible Foods’ key additive, heme, by the FDA. The topic even became a bipartisan conflict when Republicans accused President Biden of banning meat.
In the media, Civil Eats countered the New York Time’s opinion piece on launching a moonshot for meatless meat, and Alicia Kennedy questions what it means to be a conscious meat-eater in the age of an industrial and faux meat war.
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No other white tablecloth restaurant of the same caliber in the city serves a menu that’s completely meat free, and of the 132 restaurants worldwide with three Michelin stars, none are vegan.
2. Impossible Foods Wins Ruling to Continue Use of Key Additive – Bloomberg
The 2019 decision removed a hurdle for Impossible in extending its burger sales from restaurants to grocery stores. It may be a sign of how questions about bioengineered food will be handled in the future.
Biden’s not taking away your meat, as Republicans claimed. But partisan conflict over eating animals is just getting started.
A recent opinion article called for massive government investment in plant-based and cellular meats. Here’s a smarter approach to reducing meat’s impacts.
5. Omnipork Gears Up for Nationwide US Launch of Plant-Based Pork – Food Navigator
The nationwide launch comes after its debut in restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.
6. On Meat – Alicia Kennedy
In her process of writing a book about what it means not to eat meat in Western, meat-obsessed, settler-colonialist cultures, Kennedy questions what it means to be a conscious meat-eater in the age of an industrial and faux meat war.
7. Regenerative Agriculture Needs a Reckoning – The Counter
Why avoiding uncomfortable conversations about equity, race and access threatens to spoil a nascent movement’s environmental promise.
The National Restaurant Association estimates that from March 2020 through April of this year 110k restaurants have closed either permanently or long-term.
Zoe’s first product is a home testing kit that enables participants to learn how their body responds to different foods and get personalized nutrition advice, with the goal of improving gut health.
10. France: Taster Grabs $37M for Its Native Online Restaurants – TechCrunch
The company operates dozens of restaurants across 40 different cities that only exist on food delivery platforms. It now wants to partner with existing restaurants that don’t get a lot of online orders.
The first stop is San Francisco, with 200-plus food businesses participating. Users can browse surplus food options through the app from participating restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores at the end of every day.
12. Biden Quietly Preparing for Food Stamp Increase Without Congress – Bloomberg
The Biden administration is quietly laying the groundwork for a long-term increase in food aid for tens of millions of Americans, without going through the ordeal of a fight with congressional Republicans.
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