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Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming

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  • Industrial agriculture is one of the most unsustainable practices of modern civilization, but the answer is not to replace farms with chemistry labs. Grasslands are key to fixing many environmental problems, and herbivores are a necessary part of this ecosystem
  • Meat substitutes often require water, chemicals and fossil fuel inputs, and in that respect, differ little from conventional agriculture. According to a 2015 study, lab-grown meat actually requires more energy than conventional agriculture
  • The meat substitute created by Impossible Foods contains a mix of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes and “heme” derived from genetically engineered yeast
  • In a new report, Friends of the Earth calls for more stringent safety assessments, regulations and labeling requirements for fake meat and other novel animal replacement products
  • When FDA concluded Impossible Foods’ voluntary GRAS notification for GE yeast-derived “heme” was too inadequate to establish safety, the company withdrew its notification (which is legal) and marketed its meatless burger without the FDA’s sign-off

By Dr. Mercola

Industrial agriculture is one of the most unsustainable practices of modern civilization. The "bigger is better" food system has reached a point where its real costs have become readily apparent. Like water running down an open drain, the earth's natural resources are disappearing quickly, as industrialized farming drives air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions, and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils.


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