The meatless revolution

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An Original Impossible Burger, left, and a Cali Burger, from Umami Burger, are shown in this photo in New York, Friday, May 3, 2019. A new era of meat alternatives is here, with Beyond Meat becoming the first vegan meat company to go public and Impossible Burger popping up on menus around the country. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

An Original Impossible Burger, left, and a Cali Burger, from Umami Burger, are shown in this photo in New York, Friday, May 3, 2019. A new era of meat alternatives is here, with Beyond Meat becoming the first vegan meat company to go public and Impossible Burger popping up on menus around the country. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Guests: Kelsey Piper, Jan Dutkiewicz

Meatless burgers and nuggets aren’t only being marketed to vegetarians anymore. Brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are appealing to meat lovers by replicating the taste and texture of beef and chicken and are now on the menus of many fast food chain. This hour the future of meat–from meat substitutes to lab-grown meat. Also, the legal battles embroiling the words “meat” and “burger.”  And, how what our diet impacts climate change and animal welfare. Our guests are KELSEY PIPER, a staff writer for VOX who has been tracking the meat alternative industry, and JAN DUTKIEWICZ, a post-doctoral fellow in political science at Johns Hopkins University.

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