By Jaydee Hanson
In the food world, 2019 might as well be called The Impossible Burger year . This plant-based burger that "bleeding" can now be found at the menus Burger King, Fatburger, Cheesecake Factory, Red Robin, White Castle and many other national restaurant chains. Consumers praise the burger's meat-like texture, and the product is advertised as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional steak burgers.
In January, Impossible Foods launched the Impossible Burger 2.0. The company has stated that the new burger is "tasters, juices and more nutritious" – with 40 percent less saturated fat than the old recipe and as much protein as 80/20 meat from cows. The new product is also gluten-free and replaces wheat with soy protein. Unfortunately, the impossible burger can just be too good to be true. At the Center for Food Safety we believe that replacing conventional animal products with ultra-processed, poorly studied and under-regulated genetically engineered products is not the solution to our factory's agricultural and climate crisis. Here's the science to back up.
Most Impossible Burger consumers will not see labels saying that burgers are made from GMO soy or could cause allergic reactions, as Impossible Foods currently only sells to fast food chains that do not put such labels on their menus.  Instead of buying GMOx2 Impossible Burger, choose a non-GMO burger made in your local area. The Washington Post has recently highlighted six veggie-based burgers made from local restaurants that do not serve the impossible burger.
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