My title is a bit deceptive. Perhaps it should read "A humane alternative to eggs," but tell me, how many people would want to read something with a title like that?
Still, I hope that anyone who loves eggs, but despises the cruel suffering of our caged chickens, will at least want to read about a very compassionate and enterprising young man named Josh Tetrick. As Hampton Creek's CEO, he aims to revolutionize the food industry with a plant-based egg alternative.
Bill Gates, in his endorsement of a vegan lifestyle to save the world, believes that it is the only way we can feed the millions and millions of people who face starvation daily. We need to use our grain and water resources to feed them instead of the animals we raise for food. And he mentioned even eating faux meat and eggs to help do this.
I had already heard about the first meatless hamburger that tastes and looks like a real hamburger, but I was surprised when he mentioned faux eggs. So, I was delighted to learn more about them in "allanimals", a bi-monthly magazine put out by the Humane Society of the US.
We already have an "Egg Replacer" product we can use anywhere calling for a binder, but it can't be used to make a scrambled egg dish or a quiche. Nor will this new product yet do this, but Tetrick says that in the future he hopes to develop a liquid product that could be used to make scrambled eggs.
For now we hope that his product--a pale green powder called Beyond Eggs--will lead to the eventual elimination of the cruel battery cages where our chickens are forced to "live" miserable lives day in and day out.
His product gets its green color from a variety of pea, which the company's scientists and chefs identified after testing 287 plants. It also contains sunflower and canola oil and other natural ingredients. It can be used to replace eggs in baked goods like cookies or in sauces like mayonnaise.