Is Factory Farmed Meat “Natural”?

August 26, 2010

I’ve got a lot of respect for Marion Nestle; nobody calls the food industry on its bullshit as authoritatively as she does. But in her link roundup of meat substitutes, she manages to give factory farming an undeserved free pass:

Meat substitutes? I don’t know how you feel about this sort of thing, but any kind of substitute violates one of my food rules: "Never eat anything artificial."

Is Nestle really suggesting that soy-based mock meats are any more artificial than the hormone-laden, antibiotic-fed, saline-injected products of misery being churned out by factory farms?

I’m also unaware of a single fake meat recall involving salmonella, listeria, or E. coli. I suppose you could call these pathogens “natural” if you insist. But I think if Nestle spends some time thinking about what she just wrote, she’ll conclude she’s made an untenable argument. Link

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