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American chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was recently interviewed by Eater about his Netflix show Parts Unknown. When asked, Bourdain admitted that he hasn’t tried the popular plant-based Impossible Burger (now available at fast food restaurant White Castle!) and is resistant to the concept, but he couldn’t help but acknowledge the merits of plant-based foods. “Look, there are a lot of hungry people in the world. I guess if [it] is a means of providing must-needed protein to people who need protein to live, I guess I’m all for it,” Bourdain shared.

Bourdain is well-known for having a dislike for vegans and vegetarians alike for years (he once said vegans are self-indulgent) but here’s the thing: plant-based protein isn’t about personal preference or opinion about food, it’s about the impact.

As the world’s population shoots up to 9.8 billion by 2050, it’s estimated that we will need 50 percent more land to keep feeding our population cheap meat and dairy. That is land that we don’t have. A recent study showed that if Americans stopped eating meat, we could feed an additional 350 million people. And that is just in the U.S.! The choice to eat plant-based foods is powerful.

Seeing chefs like Bourdain come around to the power of plant-based protein shows that even the most opposing person can see that the food we eat is much more than taste — it’s about how we relate to the world. You don’t have to like it, Anthony Bourdain, but you do have to recognize that plant-based food can change the world. And hey, it looks like other staunch chefs are loosening up in the wake of this reality – just last week, chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted a photo of a vegan pizza at his new London restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza. We are indeed seeing the shift to a plant-based future here and now!

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0 comments on “Anthony Bourdain Might Not Be ‘Sold’ On Plant-Based Meats, But He Agrees They Can Solve World Hunger”

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4 Months Ago

I\'ll mourn the death of Koko, the gorilla. I have no use for people like Bourdain who enjoyed abusing and killing animals for pleasure. The world\'s a better place without people like him!

5 Months Ago

Is this not the man who on his show went to a remote town in thiland and ate a raw frogs heart. Lets not forget the frog as well that was freshly killed at the time of purchase.

Jeff Biss
5 Months Ago

Actually, meat is murder. Nonhumans have the same rights that we claim for our selves because we consider ourselves moral and as meat is not necessary to sustain human life or health we are obligated to not slaughter others to satisfy a mere desire.

John Pappas
27 May 2018

Go Veggie went down like So Delicious Gardein, Beyond Meat and you call this a good marketing thing? I couldn\'t disagree more. Tyson Foods owns Gardein and they\'re not in it to create more vegans it\'s not their philosophy or way of life. have you seen what Tyson employees do to animals? how they abuse chickens? did you know Daiya cheese was sold to Japanese pharmaceutical co. Otsuka? they do research on animals. this is not a vegan practice. animals have a right to a good life. we\'ve done enough murdering. think about what you\'re saying. I could care less about "good marketing." I\'m not LOVING IT!

John Pappas
27 May 2018

oh yeah and Anthony Bourdain is all for continuing the killing. he\'s a vegan hater and I don\'t like this arrogant phony!

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