I talked in my midterm creative project about Beyond Meat, a company which uses plant-based proteins and amino-acids to build “meat”, with the components all actually coming from plants. The Beyond Burger is the most recent, and supposedly best, item available from Beyond Meat. This burger is only stocked in a few Whole Foods around the country and obviously Miami is about 10 years behind the rest of the country in terms of anything sustainability/dietary restriction related and it hasn’t been in the Whole Foods here yet. I’ve been really wanting to try the Beyond Burger after I heard a whole podcast about it and researched it for my midterm creative project, so when I went to Whole Foods this weekend I was so excited to find that they have started stocking it recently! The first thing I noticed was that the burger was not, as the website and podcast said it should be, being sold alongside real ground beef burgers. The Beyond Burger was in a refrigerator with other meat alternatives but at least this is a step up from the frozen vegetarian section. The package with two patties was $7.49. More expensive than ground beef but not absurd.
Even though it was 8:30am I was really excited about finding the burgers so I decided to take them to make as breakfast burgers. Just in case they were not very tasty we also added a lot of other toppings to make it feel as burger-y as possible.
The patties themselves definitely look and feel like meat, much more so than any veggie burger I’ve had. If you look closely you can see lentils in there but B.M. uses beet juice to give it a bloody look and coconut oil to make the burger sizzle and feel fatty in your mouth.
The patties cook pretty quickly on the outside and are still pretty red on the inside once cooked which the instructions said was fine. They smelled not 100% like beef cooking, but definitely more meat-y than any other veggie burger I have tried.
We loaded them up with smoked gouda, fried eggs, avocados, and fried shallots. (My boyfriend is a chef at Yardbird and he can’t just cook anything simple. Everything has 20 toppings.)
So it does feel like you’re eating a burger. B.M. has the texture pretty perfect. In that sense, I can see this being a good alternative for people who love the satisfaction of a big juicy burger. Flavor-wise, I feel like the Beyond Burger is not quite there though. If I thought it was real beef I would be worried if I tasted this. There is something really chemically about it which I also noticed with the Beast Burgers that I have tried from Beyond Meat. It all tasted good together but by itself, the burger didn’t taste much like beef to me. Which is okay I think if you just go into it with the expectation that this is going to be something like a beef burger, but not quite the same.
Overall: I give the Beyond Burger an A for effort and a B for flavor. I hope Beyond Meat keeps working with this recipe because I feel like they have the potential for something great. I hope a few more Americans will be intrigued enough to try this instead of beef a few times and we can cut back on meat consumption even a little bit!
Did you know that we are subsidizing food that makes us sick? Food that gives us diabetes, obesity, and other health problems? Did you know that by 2030 42% of americans will be obese? Did you know that the average supermarket has 47,000 products, of which 78% of processed food in supermarkets have some form of genetically modified ingredient in it? Or that 32,000 hogs are slaughtered daily in the United States and the average wage for a farmer is only $18,000 a year?
As seen in the documentary Food Inc by Robert Kenner, the food industry doesn’t want you to know where your food is coming from because there is a big chance you wouldn’t want to be eating it if you did. People are not given the choice to know, or ask, where their food is coming form, or how its being manufactured. I definitively saw many things in this documentary that I didn’t want to see. Cows being fed corn and developing E. Coli in their digestive tract. Chickens that can’t stand up because their bones don’t hold up their weight. And all of this is for our conformity and cheaper prices. I was never naive enough to believe that the farmer picture that is in the meat packaging was the reality. However, I was hopeful that these animals didn’t suffer the fate that Food Inc showed they do. Moreover, the treatment of the factory workers is unethical and saddening.
The second biggest take away of this documentary is that inexpensive food comes at a high cost. Antibiotic resistance as well as illness and deaths from E. Coli have resulted from the high demand of production. There are health, environmental, economic, and societal risks attributed to the food industry. Although it appears that mass produced, cheap food is the only option for those who can’t afford healthy food, I would say a better option is to stop consuming the cheap, unhealthy food altogether. As stated in the documentary, supermarkets and large corporations will produce what costumers want to consume. If they see shifts to organic, healthy, and ethical food productions and options, maybe governments can start subsidizing those foods, as opposed to unhealthy ones. It takes a few people to start a movement, and then comes change.
Food Inc was eye opening and very informative. It helped me transition to stop eating all types of meat except for seafood. It helped me inform my friends on what the food industry really is like, and how eating fast food can affect their health in more than one way. This is a documentary that everyone should watch because as stated in the film, if more people knew where their food was coming from, they might not want to eat it. Everyone has the right to know what you’re putting into your body.
The documentary magnifies the truth behind the food supply in our country. Where at times some scenes are a bit dramatic, they are not wrong and backed up by evidence gathered by Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivores Dilemma and other research experts that filmmaker, Robert Kenner, reaches out to.
Companies where highlighted for their unfair treatment of employees and most importantly, the animals used for production. Tyson, Monsanto, Walmart, Perdue, and others were highlighted for their mistreatment and almost robbing the producers of their rights as the case with many examples imposed by Monsanto with seed patents.
Although the documentary points the finger of fault to the big food “monopolies”, I think that it’s fair to ask that perhaps us as consumers led to this position we are on. We seeked cheap, plentiful food for our growing population and families as a whole. It’s not the fault of the companies that provide said food that we are a nation with high obesity rates and choose to eat it the fast food. We are the ones who eat the fast food products. However, the cost of food is a big factor here. If eating healthy and organic was not so expensive, I am sure more Americans would stay away from the burgers and indulge on fresh fish or salads. It has become a cultural issue in my opinion.
This is the fifth time that I have seen this documentary and it never fails to leave an impact. It is a look behind the veil that most Americans choose to let shield their eyes from the truth of what the food industry really is. A handful of companies have nearly monopolized the entire process, from the feed lots and mono-crop fields to the table. The treatment and abuse of farmers, factory workers, and animals is being largely ignored by the general public in an “if I can’t see it, it’s not happening” fashion. Factory workers under companies such as Smithfield are treated as replaceable cogs in a well oiled machine, many are taken advantage of because, technically, as illegal immigrants they have no rights. The farmers are being drowned under ever growing piles of debt, they are used as puppets with no autonomy to grow whatever is demanded of them. And the animals aren’t even treated as living beings, they are a commodity used to make a profit. Nothing more. I commend the creators of Food Inc. in a step towards revealing the truth of the American food systems, to give the general public an idea of what they are up against if they want to make any sort of permanent change in where there food comes from and the treatment of those who produce it.
Although I have seen the documentary before, I still have a very strong reaction to it every time I watch it. I think the main message of the film is that eating organic or natural isn’t just a trend. The choices we make regarding what we put in our bodies can be a matter of life or death. The part of the film with the woman whose son died from contaminated beef demonstrates that we must all be conscious of what we eat regardless of whether you think GMOs are unhealthy, organic food is a waste of money, etc.
I thought that Food Inc. was a very informative film, that allows people to know more about what is happening in the food industry today. I have seen it before, but when I was not very curious about the food industry. Over the past couple of years I have become interested in learning about the food industry and what is happening in America. Now, especially taking this class, I paid more attention to the film and was shocked by many of the facts presented. After seeing the film, I decided to look for similar films to watch and research some of the issues at hand. I think more people should watch films like Food Inc. and become more aware of the issues with the food industry. The more aware people are, the more of a chance there is for change.
I find it so sad that the cheap food available to people who don’t have much money, is the worst for their health. It is almost impossible for people to try to eat healthy because the prices of organic and natural food are so high. Instead of being able to eat healthier options, people can feed their whole family fast food for under $10. There needs to be a major change with the food in America.
WOW. This is what I found myself mumbling under my breath as I watched the food documentary “Food Inc”. For anyone who is not aware of what the Food Inc documentary is about, I will go ahead and sum it up for you really quick from my perspective. Food Inc aims to get their message across that we have a broken system when it comes to the health and nutrition of our nation. As food consumers in the US, how many of us can really say that we really know where all our food is coming from? Do we actually know what ingredients make up our food? And how many of us are aware that the government has more control of our nations farming system more than the actual farmers do? I wouldn’t go as far as saying that this documentary’s main goal is to exploit certain companies or governmental bodies, but it does bring up a lot of things that we as consumers don’t think of or are even aware of whenever we engage in a mundane task such as grocery shopping. After watching this documentary, I now have a completely different perspective whenever I walk into a grocery store and see brands such as Tyson advertising their chickens. Food Inc walks the viewer through the process of how food is raised in our nation, the political side of farming and how it manipulates the market in order for it to benefit themselves and how we the consumers can ultimately become the victims of their selfish ways.