Really: Would I rather eat cruelly raised, polluting, unhealthful chicken, or a plant product that’s nutritionally similar or superior, good enough to fool me and requires no antibiotics, cutting off of heads or other nasty things? Isn’t it preferable, at least some of the time, to eat plant products mixed with water that have been put through a thingamajiggy that spews out meatlike stuff, instead of eating those same plant products put into a chicken that does its biomechanical thing for the six weeks of its miserable existence, only to have its throat cut in the service of yielding barely distinguishable meat?
Why, in other words, use the poor chicken as a machine to produce meat when you can use a machine to produce “meat” that seems like chicken?
When put like that, I can’t imagine too many omnivores would think it a tough choice. I expect that just about every omnivore who reads Bittman’s article will be sold on giving the next generation of vegan chicken a try, so please share this article far and wide.
Unfortunately, Bittman’s reasonable points have incited the soy-bashers to post their usual stupidity to the article’s comments. If you’ve got an academic background in nutrition, it’s worth showing up to put in your two cents and to upvote reasonable posts. Link.