Last Friday night, we tried an Impossible Burger at the local Oak Bluffs ale house. If you've been hiding under a rock (don't altogether blame you), the Impossible Burger is a plant based meat substitute that claims to replicate the appearance, texture, and taste of hamburger.
In my judgment, it came close. I won't be entirely sold on how much it resembles the animal meat til I can buy this stuff and cook it myself. But having eaten one, I'm more open than not to this innovation.
Burger King has given the Impossible Burger a try, and the things sell.
Such a substitute, if widely accepted, would feed people who want to eat beef happily. Its invention is what humans do: figure out new ways to feed ourselves by adapting naturally available inputs in novel directions. That creativity is why the planet supports the human population it does today. It's called civilization.
But the good cultural observers at Vox point out that after a couple of years of hype, all is not happy among some trend setters.
Back when I was in the business of serving free meals to hungry people, I became extremely simple minded about "the politics of food." People should have food. 'Nuff said.