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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