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I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of History at Cornell and author of the recent book, Diet and the Disease of Civilization. I am currently working on a project on the political, cultural, and military history of “fake meat,” or meat analogue products designed for their verisimilitude to animal meats. Unlike histories of vegetarianism that track social movements, this research focuses on the many economically- or environmentally-motivated political attempts to devise meat substitutes dating back to the Civil War. Beginning with Ulysses Grant’s interest in chemically-enhanced ration of a grain/meat mixture inspired by horse feed, this paper transitions to John Harvey Kellogg’s hugely popular “vegetable meats” of the late 19th century. As the head of the United States Food Administration during World War I, Herbert Hoover also pushed for meat substitutes and stretchers such as the soybean “meat” loaf or scrapple served in public school canteens and army mess halls. WWII rationing led to similar animal-free innovations.
By knowing this history, I make the case that consumers will move beyond close-minded suspicions of high-tech "frankenfoods" to see that today's clean meat is simply the realization of a centuries-old dream.
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