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To meat, or not to meat — how do you like your burger?

June 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — California-based Beyond Meat had the best stock market debut of any company in 2019 last month, and it happened the same week that Burger King announced it would roll out Impossible Burgers nationwide.

Real carnivores know that neither patty is from a cow—or is it? What are people eating?

There are actually two types of meat alternatives. 

The first is simply plant-based, veggie burgers 2.0 if you will, with a meatier than older versions.

Both Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat products are veggie patties.

However, there’s a second type of meat alternative, which is not quite vegetarian, not hunted or slaughtered either.

It’s lab-created meat, grown in a lab by culturing muscle tissue from animal stem cells.

There are at least nine companies in the U.S. that are producing cell-based meats, and you’ll start seeing some of them by the end of this year. 

In order to prevent confusion—or to bow to the desires of the meat industry—some states are passing laws that prevent products that don’t come from livestock from being called “meat.”

Whether or not you call it delicious is up to you.