Fascinating article on the work done by a new generation of food scientists to eliminate the inefficient process of using animals to turn plants into meat:
Considering the speed of change, the money and smarts being thrown at the problem, and the desperate need, it seems likely that sometime in the next decade, Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods or another rival will perfect vegetarian beef, chicken, and pork that is tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the fast-food versions of the real thing. It will be a textbook case of disruptive technology: overnight, meat will become the coal of 2025—dirty, uncompetitive, outcast. Our grandchildren will look back on our practice of using caged animals to assemble proteins with the same incredulousness that we apply to our ancestors’ habit of slaughtering whales to light their homes.
As someone who was vegan for 18 years—mostly for environmental reasons—I'm convinced we can do a better job of making affordable protein to feed the world. I look forward to trying some of these new attempts.