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Do We Really Need to Kill Animals to Live?

The human desire to eat meat has long presented an ethical question -- do we really need to kill animals to live? In addition, today, factory farms are also contributing to the climate-change catastrophe.

To many, this has made the idea of fake meat alluring. And this spring, scientists at the University of Missouri announced that after more than a decade of research, they had created the first soy product that not only can be flavored to taste like chicken but also breaks apart in your mouth the way chicken does.

According to Time Magazine:

“A meat analogue that not only looks like chicken but also works in your mouth like chicken has great market potential. According to the Soyfoods Association of North America, a Washington-based trade group, annual sales of soy products totaled $4.1 billion in 2008, up from $300 million in 1992. But ... Americans spend something like half a trillion dollars on real meat every year. A meaty-tasting alternative that could capture even a tenth of this market would make someone very rich.”

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