Many Americans are seeking out alternatives to meat, convinced that consuming plant-based substitutes may help solve climate change. This 13-minute video takes a look at today’s newest meat alternatives which have the sizzle, smell and taste of the animal variety. Although seemingly a new idea, the plant-based meat alternative has its roots in a movement that took off in the 1970s with Frances Moore Lappe’s bestselling book “Diet for a Small Planet.” This lesson asks students to assess the nutritional, economic and environmental pros and cons of plant-based meat to develop a claim for or against the promotion of plant-based meat as a mitigation strategy for climate change.
Meatless Burgers Are on Trend. Eating to Save the World Has a Long History.
Plant-based meats may be high tech, but the ideas behind them have been around for decades.
More Americans than ever are seeking out alternatives to meat, convinced that consuming plant-based substitutes may help solve climate change. Today’s newest meatless burgers have the sizzle, smell and taste of the animal variety, but the idea has roots in a movement that took off in the 1970s with Frances Moore Lappé’s counterculture bestseller, “Diet for a Small Planet.”
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Students will assess the nutritional value, economic success and environmental impact of plant-based meats – a current trend with roots in a movement that took off in the 1970s with the bestselling book “Diet for a Small Planet.
- Assess the nutritional value of a meatless burger
- Assess the environmental impact of plant-based meat production compared to beef production
- Assess the economic success of plant-based meats by considering the economic growth of companies and the statistics presented by the Association of Plant-based Meat.
- Develop a scientific argument to support or negate the use of meat alternatives as a potential mitigation strategy for climate change
- Create an advertisement to communicate a scientific argument to a wide audience
- Do plant-based meat alternatives present an effective mitigation strategy for climate change?
- How can scientific information be communicated to a wide audience?
- Video: Our Appetite for Beef Is Growing. So Are Climate Worries. (Retro Report)
- Transcript for “Meatless Burgers Are on Trend. Eating to Save the World Has a Long History.” (Retro Report)
- Beyond Meat Nutrition Information (Beyond Meat)
- Beef Nutrition Information (Verywell Fit)
- Tofurkey Burger Nutrition Information (Tofurky)
- Lifeless Market For Meatless Meat (Forbes)
- 2021 U.S. Retail Sales Data for the Plant-Based Foods Industry (Plant Based Food Association)
- Beyond Meat Advertisement (Addictive (YouTube))
- National Council for the Social Studies C3 Framework
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- D3.1.9-12.Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
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- D4.1.9-12.Construct arguments using precise and knowledgeable claims, with evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging counterclaims and evidentiary weaknesses.
- Next Generation Science Standards
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- AP Biology
- Big Idea 2:Energetics
- Big Idea 4:Systems Interactions
- AP Environmental Science
- Unit 5: Land & Water Use
- Big Idea 3:Interactions between different species and the environment (EIN)
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