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February 21, 2018 - GruntVegan

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US Cattlemen's Association feel threatened by "Meat" Alternatives

US Cattlemen's Association feel threatened by

The US Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has filed a petition to the USDA arguing that any "products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered" should not be able to be labelled "Beef" or "Meat". 

This group, is comprised of farmers across the US who raise cows - sentient beings - mostly on factory farms, so they can kill them for their flesh. 

The 15 page petition filed earlier this month is primarly aimed at tech start-ups creating cultured meat.  The USCA specifically mentions "Memphis Meats, Just (formerly called Hampton Creek), and Mosa Meats, — three startups that are racing to bring lab-grown meat to market." Most of these companies grow their "cultured" meat using animal cells as a base. 

Memphis Meats, for example, has received millions of dollars from the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson who see lab or "clean" meat as an alternative to "consumer concerns about animal welfare, health, and the environmental footprint of meat". 

While these products are not available in restaurants or supermarkets yet, it is becoming more commercially feasible and the US Cattlemen are clearly feeling threatened by changing trends in the marketplace and a growing consumer awareness of the horrors of factory farming. 

The real bottom line though is that humans do not need to eat other animals in order to be healthy and have a well balanced diet. This protein myth has been busted. While protein is an important nutrient for the building, maintenanance and repair of tissue in the body, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) reports that a variety of grains, legumes, and vegetables can provide all of the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, that our bodies require. In fact, eating animals is proven to be unhealthy and even contributes to many of the illness attributed the Standard American Diet (SAD), such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

While the ethics, and certainly the need for lab grown meat, are up for debate, the growing number of vegans worldwide, are evidence of increasing support for the animal rights movement and a new cruelty free way of living. 

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