Vegan Burger or Fake Burger?

During these last two years, there has been a significant growth in the number of people who decide to switch their own way of eating from an omnivorous diet to a more vegetarian or, as it is called now, plant-based one.

The latter represents the adoption of a new way of eating, which consists in the elimination of all animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs, fish and honey, with the introduction of a larger portion of vegetables, fruits, legumes and dried fruit.
This choice is becoming more and more popular thanks to the will of a healthier lifestyle.

Many people -who decide to become vegetarian or vegan- want to change the way they eat for ethical choices, such as the protection of the life of animals and the one of the planet itself. As a matter of fact, it is well known that climate change is caused by the intensive exploitation of animals and by the deforestation perpetrated to build new factories. All these practices are used in order to satisfy the request of meat and dairy products all around the world. 

In fact, meat and dairy products are still the goods most consumed by the majority of the population, except for those who, for religious reasons, do not buy them.

So, throughout the years, the number of vegetarians and vegans has started to grow, and in this way also the production of plant-based goods started to increase.

Indeed, nowadays, it is very common to find in many supermarkets soy yoghurts next to milk ones, or vegan burgers next to meat burgers.

This happened because the industries responsible for the production of animal-friendly and cruelty-free meals wanted to strategically adopt a terminology equal to the one used for non-plant based aliments.

In the beginning, this terminology did not cause many problems, but the number of vegans and vegetarians is starting to increase, and the number of meat buyers significantly dropped in the last two years. The meat and dairy industries are starting to worry because they are facing many hitches. 

A lot of countries also started to ban certain names for vegan products because a burger made of plants does not have the same nutritional intake of a normal one made of meat, so it is not a “real” burger, and it should not be called like that according to them. 

The same exact way of thinking has been adopted also for dairy-free products.

That is the reason why on the 23rd of October the European Parliament decided to vote, in favor or opposite, for the change of these names. 

The Parliament voted in favor of the terminology currently in use, which is not confusing for the consumers since the only significant difference in these products is in the ingredients used. 

Even though the meat and dairy industries lost this initial dispute, they still had a renewal of funds, to continue the production, until the year 2030. 

This first achievement was a success for all the vegetarians and vegans who fought hard to keep their food the way it is, it will still take a long time before the exploitation of animals will end, in favor of a new more sustainable lifestyle. 

Reference: 

https://www.lastampa.it/cronaca/2020/10/23/news/il-parlamento-europeo-non-decide-e-salva-il-veggie-burger-1.39451999

https://www.repubblica.it/sapori/2020/10/23/news/regolamentazioni_unione_europea_approva_dicitura_hamburger_vegano-271587562/

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