I know that plant-based is an exponentially-growing trend that will not stop as people finally start realizing that just because they are proud of their meat-centric lifestyles, it isn't good for them in any way. Did you know that blood tests of whole-food sedentary vegans actually have better protein levels than meat-eaters? Their arterial health is actually as good as, and most of them better than, marathon runners, as well. The protein myth is just that--a myth. We actually create in our own bodies from synthesizing certain vitamins from plants they say you can only get from meat. And B12, the one vitamin that is difficult to get from plants, is also usually very low in meat eaters, too. Animals we eat get it because they are supplemented with it. Movies like "What the Health?" and "Food Choices", both released in the last year or so, are coming at a time when people want to understand why our population is riddled with obesity, diabetes, and cancers. Mic the Vegan vlogger on Youtube is another one to watch, as well. Big corporations make a lot of money off of our ignorance to health, and films and vlogs like those I mention are a threat to the very existence of factory farming. It's why it is illegal to film what goes on inside a slaughterhouse. If we actually saw a lot of what goes on, the population would have cut back some or entirely from eating meat and eggs and dairy just from the sheer horror of it all. Extensive controlled studies have been researched since even before the 1960's on the beneficial effects of a plant-based diet, yet we rarely see them in the public eye without doing our own research. I know what I'm saying here threatens the very existence of what we want to believe about our food choices, but if we don't take action to control our health, the very extent of what taxpayers spend on public healthcare will keep rising year after year.
The public is finally creating a demand for more plant-based foods, and big companies are starting to see the writing on the wall. The dairy industry has been taking a major hit in recent years as people understand the benefits of switching to plant-based milks and the financial numbers show these shifts clearly. Any company worth it's weight will start making changes. Arkansas' own Tyson actually invested a substantial amount into Beyond Meat last year, and Maple Farms of Canada acquired Field Roast, both with the promise to keep these options vegan. These are steps in the right direction for everyone concerned, including animals and Mother Earth.
As for us, we are proud to know that we're bringing something exciting and delicious to the table that helps to make the environment, humans, and animals all better off. We styled our recipes to satisfy the most picky eaters in the world--Southerners, baby. Kris, our general manager, was speaking to a good friend of his the other day who is a foreman at one of our biggest manufacturing companies here in Hot Springs. His employees: manly, blue-collar, and nary a vegan in sight, have been talking a lot lately about our food and how they can't wait for us to open so they can eat with us. Knowing that we don't just appeal to a small niche market brings a huge smile to my heart, because sharing plant-based with anyone who eats food in general is my mission in life.
Until next time, Eat Raw, Live Long!