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Reblogged:Impossible Burger -- or Cautionary Tale?

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Just as leftists demand windmills, only to complain that they kill birds, so do they bite the corporate hand that feeds them the vegetable matter they're supposed to crave...

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Image by Syced, via Wikimedia Commons, license.
I'd already heard that the meatless "Impossible Burger" patties at Burger King contained two things that are anathema to the Luddite branch of the food police: material from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and glyphosate (the harmless herbicide in Roundup). But, as they say in infomercials, that's not all.

A vegan is suing Burger King because the patties were cooked using the same equipment as the real hamburgers. As Jim Treacher put it:
That's right, this genius went to Burger King and bought a burger, and now he's suing them because it contained traces of... burger.
Treacher correctly calls out adherents to the idea that "the natural" is inherently good -- as if man and his rational faculty aren't natural: "[T]heir entire philosophy is anti-human." And it should come as no surprise that this attempt at a meat-free burger that actually tastes good -- a marvel that requires lots of ingenuity -- would upset adherents to this belief.

Let's hope this lawsuit gets thrown out as frivolous. To the extent that artificial meat could lower food prices in the future, this legal exposure is bad news.

And may corporate America grow to understand sooner rather, than later, to stand up to the irrational demands of people whose self-contradictory desires make them impossible to please. To the extent that Burger King chose to sell this product in order to appease nature-worshipers, it made a poor decision: Treacher is right to note that some market segments are best ignored altogether.

-- CAV

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As 100% pure gold is virtually impossible to achieve, the purest type of gold currently commercially available is 999.99. This is sometimes referred to as five nines fine. The Royal Canadian Mint regularly produces commemorative coins from this fine gold. Just below this is 999.9, or “four nines” fine.

Currently The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces a standard or defect action level stating that a maximum of 75 insect fragments per 50 g of flour is allowed.

How fine was that vegan burger? Human sensory apparatus has ranges it works within. It is difficult to imagine that wire mesh transporting the items to be cooked over the grilling flame could impart enough impurity to even be tasted.

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