Originally Posted by florida veggie
she says eating fake meat, like boca burgers/gardenburgers/etc., isn't ethical. she says it's just like eating meat ... that it's just a replica.
FWIW, I don't think there's anything unethical about taking plant foods and combining / processing them to get different tastes or textures. After all, that's what we're doing with meat too. The unethical thing is the meat, not the processing. Replace it with plant ingredients and you get rid of the ethics problem.
To me, a boca burger and a beef burger are very similar things, only the ingredients are different. I kind of like the concept of a burger (a patty between the two halves of a bun). It's easy to prepare, hold in your hand, and eat. That's what a burger, to me, is about. I just choose to buy plant based patties for it.
Similar things can be said about sausages, deli slices, pizzas, burritos, pastas, etc. These are all ways (or "concepts") of preparing and consuming food, and to say that they have to contain meat to be real, or that the plant based ones are "replicas", is to not understand this fact. "Fake meats" don't replicate the meat itself, but they replicate the spices, textures, and shape of processed foods with meat as one of their ingredients. A boca burger doesn't replicate the raw bloody ground beef, but creates the spiciness, texture and shape of a hamburger.
And to say these products are equally unethical to their meat based counterparts, is to not understand ethics at all.
ETA: congrats on leaving the dark side and going veggie! It's much better over here, isn't it?