GuelphToday received the following letter to the editor from reader Stephen Best in response to our story U of G researchers create more sustainable plant-based meat.
I welcome researchers working to create more sustainable plant-based "meat." However, many of us who've been eating plant-based for some years, know that the finest plant-based dishes and cuisine don't try to mimic animal-based foods.
On its own plant-based cuisine is far more varied and interesting than any animal-based foods. Ironically, what makes animal-based foods edible are the plant-based spices and condiments necessary to give them flavour. People eat wings and ribs, for example, because of the sugary, fatty, spicy sauces. Without such tasty, plant-based sauces, wings and ribs don't have much to recommend them.
An any rate, for those wanting to reduce their consumption of animal-based foods and increase plant-based foods, plant-based meat is a welcome product for starters.