A few weeks ago I did a blog on Americas very first Vegan Butcher Shop opening up in Minneapolis named the Herbivorous Butcher. Business has been busy for them ever since they opened their doors. I recently placed an order with them and will cover that in a sec.
First I had to share a zany write up about this Vegan Butcher Shop that was written on the National Hog Farmers Blog, and it is a doozy! Even more interesting are the comments that follow. Both are found HERE.
The press release from the National Hog Farmer mentions how unethical it is for the shop to call themselves butchers when they don’t kill anything. They also spoke of how much more water is used to grow vegetables than hogs and with a little research, one can see this is not the case at all.
Living in their world may explain such erroneous statements and besides if your paycheck is coming from such an organization chances are you have bought into whatever the organization is up to. In America, we harvest over thirteen thousand pigs per hour per day or 3.61 swine per second, all day long.
With it now confirmed that bacon and most pork products are a known carcinogen at the end of last year I can understand why the industry would bristle at anything outside the norm and replacement foods without having to slaughter a living critter is unthinkable. Turns out the alternate choices for pork are amazing!
I received my Vegan starter kit two days ago and could not be more pleased with the offerings. From a porterhouse steak to Cajun seasoned jerky each product is better than the next! My kit also included Korean Ribs, Sriracha and Italian Brats, maple breakfast sausage, pastrami, teriyaki jerky, and smoky ribs.
Each one I have tried thus far has been wonderful, and the base for many of these is wheat gluten. The spices are key outside of the texture, and this place knows what they are doing. As more folks learn about the ability to avoid heart disease and cancer through diet, I would expect the demand for compassionate, safer and tasty solutions only to grow from this point forward.
I expect Herbivorous Butcher Shops will one day be in many cities and while one may purchase these types of products at the local healthy grocery store nothing beats the taste of, fresh, small batch, locally sourced, handmade foods. And this will happen no matter what anyone inside the critters for food industry or anyone else has to say about it.
The tide is turning in America the last few years as we are consuming fewer cows and pigs, and they don’t mind a bit. If you have never tried a meat alternative product then I invite you to try one and don’t stop there, try another. Let’s make it easy and you just go to Chipotle and try their Sofritas (tofu) rather than beef or chicken and enjoy! Feel free to share this with others and Be Well!