The foundation of this post is based on the current debate between vegans over whether or not the Impossible Burger is vegan at all. On one hand you have the people celebrating the fact that a fast food giant, Burger King, recently released a plant based option that is making headlines and not only saving potentially millions of animals and helping clean the environment but also spreading the message and benefits of a plant based and vegan diet. On the other side you have the more hardcore vegans who to some can be labeled as activists who say the Impossible Burger is not vegan at all. Why do you ask?
Apparently in order to receive FDA approval the ingredient known as “heme” which has led to the rise in popularity of the meat substitute and helps give the plant based “meat” its texture and taste was tested on animals. Vegans have many different reasons for being vegan some of them diet related, some of them health related, some of them animal cruelty related, and some of them based on philosophical ideals, but what we can all agree on is that animal cruelty and animal testing is not acceptable. Is it acceptable though when it’s necessary for long term sustainable success? Would you deal with short term insensitivity if it meant the end result would help save millions? For instance do the Vegans who claim the Impossible Meat is not vegan prefer that the product never make it to market and is never served globally? I am sure they would want it to be just without testing it on animals but this is the world we currently live in. We need to be realistic at this point in time; we should use this to push for legislation so the FDA can change. I can see both sides of the argument but at the end of the day we are all out there and fighting for the same message so all of the bickering online and in vegan communities needs to stop. Remove the lines, come together, and fight the system. I think we can all agree on that.