Nebraska may soon pass a law that prevents manufacturers of plant-based, meat alternatives referring to and labeling their products as "meat."
The number of vegetarians and vegans is growing significantly by the day. It almost feels like within a decade or two, meat-eaters will very much be in the minority. That's because not only are meatless and non-dairy based products becoming more widely available, but there are more and more copycat alternatives hitting the market.
The most popular of these are, of course, alternatives to meat. While there have been things like vegetarian sausages available for years, they have been vastly improved upon recently. There are even some cases where it's almost impossible to tell whether you are eating meat or not. Even those with the best intentions of giving up meat naturally have trouble with the thought of never eating it again.
It would seem that a large chunk of people living in Nebraska are not entirely okay with the practices of companies that produce and sell items masquerading as meat. In fact, as reported by The Washington Post, the state may soon pass a law banning such companies from using the word "meat" on any of its packaging. Nebraska does have the nickname of The Beef State and has donned May Beef Month, so it's not a massive surprise that these steps are being taken.
The biggest surprise is that one of the law's biggest advocates is state senator Carol Blood, a vegetarian from Omaha. Blood witnessed two women in a grocery store who were unable to differentiate between which products contained meat and which ones did not. "All I’m asking for is truth in advertising," Blood told The Washington Post.
Nebraska isn't the first state to posit the idea of regulating the word "meat." Missouri has already done so. However, considering the prominence of meat manufacture in Nebraska, it's no surprise that it may soon become one of the first states to enforce this law. The punishment that will come along with breaking the law is no joke either. If it's passed, those who break it could be punished with up to 12 months in jail.