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November 10, 2020 - Vox

3 core myths about eating animals - and why food tech may vanquish them

3 core myths about eating animals - and why food tech may vanquish them
Plant-based vegan meat - no need to eat animalsCredit: Impossible Foods

Meat alternatives are tearing down the idea that eating animals is normal, natural, and necessary.

In 1989, the social psychologist Melanie Joy became a vegetarian almost by accident. She ate a hamburger contaminated with campylobacter and became so ill that she couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat again.

So she set about learning new ways to cook for a meatless diet, reading cookbooks and doing research. In the process, she started to learn about the suffering of non-human animals, the suffering of workers on factory farms, and the environmental toll exacted by animal agriculture.

This new knowledge shocked her.

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