New Delhi: Every day, over 150 million animals ( excluding aquatic animals) are slaughtered for the sole purpose of food that results in a climate crisis. Environment experts suggest that shifting to meatless meat could assist in improving the situation.

The idea of ‘meatless’ meat is gaining popularity across the world. It is considered one of the best alternatives to farm grown meat in recent years. Meat substitutes majorly include lab-grown meat and plant-based meat.

Vascular biologist Mark Post from the University of Maastricht presented the world’s first lab-grown meat burger in 2013. It was reported that the burger was constructed by bonding around 20,000 protein strands assembled from cattle stem cells in the lab. However, the ‘lab-grown’ mechanism is time-consuming, expensive and already under additional research.

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Moreover, researches show that unlike ‘lab-grown’ meat, ‘plant-based’ meat is a better, viable option. It can be categorised as a processed food on account of its plant-based ingredients including macronutrient profile and calorie content. Manufacturers such as Beyond Meat are working to resemble the taste of their plant-based meat products to actual meat. This effort exists in order to convince the meat eaters about their product.

Burger King plans to launch their ‘Impossible Whopper’ that contains the identical taste appeal, the texture of actual meat by the end of this year.

A survey from Vox claimed that around 62.8% consumers of the Indian meat market are ‘broadly enthusiastic’ about plant-based meat. While corporations like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are working to develop their products, it appears that the concept is yet to be presented worldwide.