With dark looks glaring across the dull-red glow of
the barbeque, we present that major food group of the future and crime
against nature: fake meat. No point in skipping the veggies;
it's all veggies.
is very simple, you take soya beans or other plants and extract the
protein from them, which you form into a viscous suspension. You
then extrude it through exactly the same sort of spinnerettes that are
used to make nylon and rayon so that you end up with a skein of
synthetic protein fibres. You then mix this with fats, flavours,
colours, and vitamins, and then you wind it and bind it into slices,
cubes, or granules.
The end result: fake meat that
was spun rather than bred. By changing the consistency,
thickness, and other variables different meats can be mimicked.
Synthetic lamb, veal, or turkey; it looks like meat, chews like
meat, and tastes like meat-flavoured papier mâchè. But that
didn't stop any number of confident predictions that we'd all be eating soya steaks or sunflower chops and that beef, pork, and chicken would
be a hyper-expensive curiosity.
But things didn't quite work out. With meat more
plentiful than ever, thanks to improvements in agriculture, synthetic
meat is now found in the nether regions of the health food section,
where it is used as aversion therapy for people who want to be
vegetarian, but who know in their hearts that meat is soooooo gooood!