WHY THE WORLD NEEDS PLANT MEATS AND PLANT DAIRY
Some vegans, especially minimalists, concerned about the carbon footprint believe that the carbon footprint that most researchers agree needs to be reduced may not be accomplished by replacing all animal products with plant alternatives.
That may be so, however in order to convince the largest numbers of people to switch to a plant diet, making some plants taste and texture similar to the animal meat they no longer consume, goes a long way in keeping them satisfied long enough till they actually desire thus choose plant over animal.
I don’t believe that the consumption of plant meats and plant dairy will ever reach the astronomical levels that animal meats and dairy reached globally or even segmentally in individual countries. There will definitely be a tapering off. So keep developing those minimalist animal-free recipes minus the plant meat and dairy. The world needs them as much.
Some analysts predict that the countries with the lowest animal and dairy consumption will actually increase their consumption of animal products, based on the supposition that ‘it’s their turn to prosper in the food category’, using the rabbit or cow in every pot model of abundance.
These analysts think that one needs to go through the same processes as those before them to eventually catch up, which in effect always leaves them behind.
I support wholeheartedly skipping as many steps as possible – maybe all of them – to get all of us on the same page, more or less of course.
Those catch up theories (that take a long time to accomplish) are not proven nor even realistic. Peoples of the world really do like to try new things. They like to copy the behavior of those they hold in esteem or those who have more than they do.
When the high animal and dairy consumers of the world lower their consumption, the only motivation for countries who historically consumed less to consume more will be provided in terms of low costs by the slaughter industries that aren’t willing to jump from a sinking ship.
They will appeal to the base instincts of the human to continue the slaughter. That’s what the tobacco industry did when Americans quit smoking en masse, they opened up foreign markets to a product they knew killed humans.
The motivation for these low consumption countries to stay low and keep eating plants is to provide plant meats and plant dairy that are low cost which possess familiar taste and texture attributes similar to animal and dairy.
One thing these lower animal consuming countries can do now is to invest in plant meat and dairy technology. The problem is that many of these countries spend their time and resources fighting tribal wars, instead of planning and cultivating their future. Do they think that when they need it, some other country will just give it to them?
The field is wide open. There are no limits. No one’s holding them back except themselves.
You can’t get rich tomorrow by doing nothing today.
~ the Word chef