From Readings

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

I am now reading “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business” by Christopher Leonard  It is more than the story about inhumane treatment of animals. It is about inhumane treatment of chicken farmers. It reminded me of Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s fire in NYC in 1911. Time has changed but the rich abusing the poor stays the same.

I am curious about the future of R&D and production of plant-based products such as plant-based mayo (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/startup-finds-plants-replace-eggs-article-1.1542046), plant-based burgers and other plant-based processed foods. It is clear that the factory produced meat and chicken are driving some of us to plant-based foods. It is a fair reaction to the meat industry that shows no sign to change their business practice. But there are cautions here, too. Such a switch to plant-based foods will cause another environment impact and such foods are often dosed with artificial chemical ingredients. For example: How to produce plant-based burger, which has texture and flavor like beef burger?