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The decision to allow meat and dairy words to be used on vegetarian food suggests diets are changing for the better

It’s no longer obvious that one’s burger must come from an animal – and this has people in the industrial livestock world scared.

In recent years, both the United States and European Union have seen cases brought by advocates of animal-flesh meat against plant-based meat, which can be made of anything from genetically modified soy protein to oyster mushrooms. What is important here is the resemblance to the animal product; meat industries don’t want vegetarian products to be sold as “vegan burgers” or “vegetarian sausages”.

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Alicia Kennedy is a writer based in Puerto Rico. Her book on veganism will be published in 2022 through Beacon Press

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