“In 2019, officials in nearly 30 states have proposed bills to prohibit companies from using words such as meat, burger, sausage, jerky or hot dog unless the product came from an animal that was born, raised and slaughtered in a traditional way. Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming have already enacted such laws. In Missouri, the first state where the ban took effect, violators incur a $1,000 fine and as much as a year in prison. Mississippi’s new law is sweeping: ‘Any food product containing cell-cultured animal tissue or plant-based or insect-based food shall not be labeled meat or as a meat product.'” WaPo: Veggie burgers were living an idyllic little existence. Then they got caught in a war over the future of meat. (By this logic, doesn’t the product name animal crackers cause too much confusion?)

+ Next up: KFC’s Beyond Meat-powered Vegan Nuggets. (This trend is gaining so much steam, I keep worrying I’ll walk in on my teenage son pounding his plant-based meat…)