Beef producers fight back against fake meat industry
As the new generation of realistic imitation meat products like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat surge in popularity and lab-grown meat technology gets more affordable, cattle ranchers are fighting back: “In recent weeks, beef and farming industry groups have persuaded legislators in more than a dozen states to introduce laws that would make it illegal to use the word meat to describe burgers and sausages that are created from plant-based ingredients or are grown in labs,” the New York Times reports. The fight is echoing dairy farmers’ efforts to prevent non-dairy milks from being labeled as milk — a battle that the dairy industry lost.
And in other news...
• Celebrity power couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen skipped the Grammys this year and invited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to come over for a pizza party instead. [Page Six]
• A new website is dedicated to ensuring experimental bartenders don’t serve unsafe cocktails by providing a database of hazardous ingredients and tools. For instance: Did you know Moscow Mule mugs can leech copper into drinks, and that fat-washed drinks (in which a spirit is infused with an ingredient such as bacon) can present a botulism risk? [NY Times]
• Hooters is offering free wings on Valentine’s Day to anyone who rips up a photo of their ex right then and there, for diners who find chicken wings more valuable than their dignity. [People]
• A minor league baseball team in Colorado is the first pro sports team to ban peanuts from its stadium, creating a safe haven for highly allergic sports fans. [KSRO]
• KFC and Pizza Hut are testing a pizza collab that involves gravy, popcorn chicken, and corn. Thankfully, this fast-food abomination is only available in the UK. [Mirror]
• Finally, remember President Obama’s “latte salute” scandal? Probably not, but Trevor Noah does: