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The Battle Over Meat is Growing

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Touch the Soil News #690 (photo courtesy of Beyond Meat) Rabobank, the world’s largest agricultural lender, recently reported that Americans eat 193 pounds of meat annually – 3.7 pounds per week. Of the meat we eat, 45 percent is chicken, 28 percent is beef and 27 percent is pork. In terms of dollars, purveyors of meat are competing for a piece of the roughly $185 billion a year Americans spend on meat. However, the purveyors of meat are starting to break into pieces. Yes, meat from animals is the primary source of meat. However, small as they may be, meat from plant proteins and meat from lab-cultured meat cells are…

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Are You a Flexitarian?

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Touch the Soil News #679 (Feature Photo – the largest beef feedlot in the United States is located in Southwestern Idaho and can house over 100,000 animals at a time.) The world of food preferences is changing, Concerns about the ecological impact of meat and the separate concern of animal welfare is driving change and changes in attitude. A recent poll by “Packaged Facts” reveals that 58 percent of consumers are concerned about animal welfare. To make the most of changing public attitude about meat and meat animals, food companies are looking to: Leveraging links between animal welfare and product health and sustainability. Market animal-welfare related products such as grass-fed…

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Beyond Meat – The Beyond Burger

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Touch the Soil News #515 (feature photo courtesy of Beyond Meat) One of the largest meat companies in the World – Tyson Foods – just announced it has taken a 5 percent stake in the company Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat is at the cutting edge of creating new protein burgers using plant materials. What makes Beyond Meat attractive is that it has gone light years beyond the traditional “veggie burger” (see video clip below). For those unfamiliar with Tyson – it is a global mega company specializing in chicken, beef, pork and other prepared food products. Founded in 1935, the Springdale, Arkansas company sells its products in over 130 countries…

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Besides the Farmers, What Other Costs Are in Our Food Dollar?

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Touch the Soil News # 126 The USDA just released a corrected and updated estimate of where pieces of the food dollar go.  The USDA data on this report is always a couple of years behind, thus represented here by 2013 numbers. Info graphic #1 below shows how many pennies out of each dollar go to the respective pieces of the food chain. Farm Production, the actual money that goes into producing food, is 10.5 cents. For clarification, grocery stores fall under Retail Costs and restaurants fall under Food Services. When one studies Info graphic #1, the food chain has become so complex and expensive that it is no wonder…

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