Recently, an American company named JUST Egg developed an artificial egg with turmeric, mung beans and other ingredients. It is packed in a plastic bottle, so it’s plastic container can be easily recycled. The most important thing about this product is that everyone can eat it. People who have hypertension can’t consume eggs because of cholesterol. Also, vegans do not eat real eggs. Artificial products such as eggs, meat, and milk can cause changes such as creating more food choices and improving animal welfare in our society.
As a positive thing, artificial products can improve animal welfare by decreasing mechanical farms. These days, many people are raising animals in order to sell products. In this process, many of them don’t respect the animals’ welfare. Because of this, a lot of animals suffer. Artificial products will be good for animal welfare too. As artificial products come out, raising animals will be reduced which will result in a reduction of carbon dioxide that is released from animals. Artificial products will also reduce animal feed which is wasted on animals. Artificial products can also give us more choices. We will be able to choose between artificial eggs and real eggs. People who couldn’t eat original eggs can experience a similar taste by eating artificial eggs. And people can request restaurants to make foods with artificial ingredients. So they can easily enjoy a meal without any problems in a restaurant.
There are also negative things associated with artificial products. These products can damage our farm industry. Many people such as animal rights activists, vegans, and atopic patients will consume artificial products negatively affecting the organic industry. Even though artificial products have a similar taste, it can’t copy the exact same taste. Someone can like the imitation taste, but others might not. And artificial foods have to be made with high technology or specific recipes which can make them more expensive than organic products.
There are uncertain points concerning artificial products. There is no knowledge about the long term effects of eating artificial foods. This is a common problem with GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods. That uncertainty must be cleared up and shared with the public.
Scientists will continue to develop these types of foods and products. Like it or not, we have to get used to these. Controversy of whether or not consuming artificial products have long term negative health effects have yet to be proven. Artificial foods and products give us more choices. So, we should use these choices to make smart decisions for a better life.