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Could 'Meatless Meat' Change Cultural Values Around Food?11:24
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On the left, a conventional beef burger. On the right, "The Impossible Burger," a plant-based burger containing wheat protein, coconut oil and potato protein among. (Nati Harnik/AP)
On the left, a conventional beef burger. On the right, "The Impossible Burger," a plant-based burger containing wheat protein, coconut oil and potato protein among. (Nati Harnik/AP)

There's a growing cultural debate over meatless meat.

It comes with the move to replace meat with meat-like products made from plants, wheat and some other interesting ingredients. Scientists are also developing lab-grown meat.

All that has some people hopeful that alternatives to eating actual animals will help the environment, animal welfare and individual health.

But the movement has brought about a question: "Will changing definitions of meat affect how we think about our values?"

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Irene Li, co-owner and head chef for the Mei Mei Restaurant Group, food columnist for WBUR's The ARTery and co-author of  "Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes From Our Chinese American Kitchen." She tweets @ireneshiangli.

This segment aired on March 18, 2019.

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