source Shutterstock Tasty alternatives to meat aren’t enough for these startups, which are working on burgers, fried chicken, and sushi that verges on the real thing – all without the usual environmental waste or ethical concerns. While some companies pursue creative plant-based recipes for burgers that “bleed,” others are coaxing animal cells into real flesh. These startups are on the front lines of the future of meat, and some are already changing what we eat. Remember when ordering a veggie burger meant dooming yourself to a meal of tasteless bean paste? Yeah, neither do these startups. But tasty meat alternatives aren’t enough to meaningfully reduce the waste and environmental damage associated with traditional farming. So roughly a dozen companies – all of which have emerged within the last decade – are working on different options. They’re taking one of two approaches to meat-less meat: … [Read more...] about The startup behind the Bill Gates-backed veggie burger that ‘bleeds’ is part of a transition to animal-free meat — here are the other frontrunners
By Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic Thu., June 21, 2018 Pink juices leak from A&W Canada’s new veggie burger. The decidedly realistic patty, made from legumes and stained by beets, will be rolled out across Canada July 9. The Beyond Burger, $6.99, uses plant-based patties from Beyond Meats, a Los Angeles company in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Gates have invested. It is Beyond Meat’s first foray into Canada, although a company spokesperson confirmed some patties have “leaked” into Toronto’s Summerhill Market. Beyond Meat aims to replicate America’s 80/20 ground beef, which contains 80 per cent lean meat and 20 per cent fatty. That lands somewhere close to Canada’s standard for medium ground beef, defined by a maximum fat content of 23 per cent. (Lean is a maximum of 17 per cent.) Article Continued Below The A&W patty is custom made, 3 ounces instead of the 4-ounce Beyond Meat supermarket version. The … [Read more...] about What does The Star’s restaurant critic think of A&W’s new veggie burger?
caption The Impossible Burger. source Impossible Foods The Impossible Burger is a plant-based patty made by Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods with backing from Bill Gates. The burger is available across the US, most recently in White Castle burger chains. Environmentalists and journalists are taking issue with the burger’s safety because of a key ingredient called heme, which is made using GMOs. But the scientific research suggests that the burger is perfectly safe. Today’s veggie burgers can be described with a handful of delicious-sounding adjectives, but “meaty” isn’t one of them. At least it wasn’t – until Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods began creating a meat-free burger that tastes disturbingly close to the real thing. The meat-like flavor can largely be attributed to an ingredient called heme – the magic spark that … [Read more...] about The magic ingredient in Silicon Valley’s favorite ‘bleeding’ veggie burger is under fire
source Impossible Foods A handful of recent stories cite potential red flags about the safety of the Impossible Burger, a vegetarian patty made by Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods, which has backing from Bill Gates. At the heart of the issue appears to be the company’s use of both genetically modified ingredients and a special nutrient called heme. Business Insider dug into the scientific research on the ingredients. Studies suggest there is no cause for concern. Today’s veggie burgers can be described with a handful of delicious-sounding adjectives, but “meaty” isn’t one of them. At least it wasn’t – until Silicon Valley startup Impossible Foods began creating a meat-free burger designed to reduce waste that tastes disturbingly close to the real thing. The meat-like flavor can largely be attributed to an ingredient called heme – the magic spark … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley’s favorite veggie burger is about to hit a wave of controversy — but scientists say it’s bogus
caption Shake Shack has a new vegan-friendly burger. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Shake Shack is testing a new veggie burger in three cities. This is Shake Shack‘s first vegan-friendly burger. We tried the burger and while it tastes nothing like the chain’s classic Shack Burger, we were impressed nonetheless. Shake Shack is known for one thing: burgers. Shack Burger, Shack Stack, Smoke Shack – beef is the chain’s primary concern. But as vegetarians and vegans make up an increasing proportion of customers, the demand for meat-free burgers also grows. Starting this Thursday, April 19, Shake Shack is debuting a new $7.29 veggie burger test item at select locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin. We got a sneak peek and a chance to eat this veggie treat – and we were shocked by the results. The “Veggie Shack” is made with black beans, … [Read more...] about We tried Shake Shack’s new veggie burger — here’s the verdict