Cutting-Edge Meat Alternatives for Carnivores Who Want to Save the World | The Daily Show

WOOD: We all know that
Americans love their hamburger, especially this one. But now scientists are trying
to cancel beef. TV REPORTER: Chilling warnings
in a new report… TV REPORTER: Beef and dairy
agriculture are a key cause of the greenhouse gases. WOOD: Michael Pollan,
the Obi-Wan of food writers, says eating beef is as harmful
as burning fossil fuels. Of all the things we do that
contributes to climate change, beef is really right at the top. The animals produce
greenhouse gas. You mean farts?
You can just say farts. You know, they’re not farts,
actually, they’re burps. A burp is a mouth fart.
(burping) All right, uh, we can’t change
the energy system but we can all
slightly modify our diet. You’re asking people
to stop eating something that they’ve been eating
their whole life. You’re gonna make it
a suggestion, just don’t eat a lot. But after that,
the hamburger’s illegal, and then the meat
goes underground. The next thing you know,
you’re sucking (bleep) for a Baconator
behind a Walgreens. Well, uh, maybe. And you don’t think there’s
gonna be no withdrawals? I get the beef sweats
if I miss a burger. I think you’re gonna
have to taper. WOOD: So to save the world,
I got to give up burgers? Hot dogs, steaks, meatballs, roast beef, sirloin tips,
bologna. I’m having a panic attack. I suggest you don’t go
cold turkey. Check out
these plant-based burgers, this new generation of very
sophisticated food science. They create a burger that, uh,
looks a lot like a burger. It’s red in the middle;
it bleeds. And you can get
the kind of taste that we really like in meat. I’m really sorry about this. Mmm. Once I got my fix, I realized
Pollan wasn’t talking about boring old
veggie burgers. The plant-based
Impossible Burger is supposed to be
indistinguishable from meat. You can even buy it
at the carnivore joints. And CEO Pat Brown’s vision
goes a lot further than that. The mission of Impossible Foods is to completely replace animals as a food technology by 2035. WOOD: He’s trying to get us
to give up beef by using high-tech science. The thing that makes meat
taste like meat -is that meat has… -The pain
from the cow dying. Um, that’s one theory, yeah. But it’s actually
a molecule called heme. It’s what catalyzes all the unique flavors
and aromas of meat but we make it
without using animals. So it’s not the marinade. It’s not gas over charcoal. It’s some shit called heme
this whole time. So you’re telling me
my whole life has been a lie. Um, well, that’s not
what I was saying but I guess that’s sort
of true, yeah. And this tastes good? I think you just have
to decide for yourself. -Oh, I will decide.
-Yeah. Yeah. -I will decide.
-You’ll decide. WOOD: First up, a classic
farting cow burger, to set the baseline. Oh, man,
you can’t touch that, bro. And just to be polite,
I went ahead and tried the stupid, nasty-ass
plant sandwich. How you make this
taste like that? How did you make
this plant burger taste like the meat burger? Well, it,
it took a number of years. It’s the devil! You got some fries? Roy, this is great. We’re vegetarian now. This taste just like meat. Don’t listen to him, Roy. There’s no such thing
as a meat plant. And you’re too old
to switch sides. No! What I need is real meat that doesn’t fart up
the environment. Luckily,
another tech company, Just, is working on that
in their top secret lab. What we do is find the best
tasting cows in the world, we take cells from those cows. You put that cell line
in a bioreactor. The bioreactor enables
the cell to double. At the end of it,
you have raw meet. No. No. Mm-mm.
Not real. When you taste it,
you’re gonna see. This is real meat without
all the consequences that come from killing lots
of animals. WOOD: That’s right,
you heard nerd Superman. These guys are growing freakish
clone meat in a lab. If this is real, then it’s time
for a collaboration. You can do me; you can take
one of my cells and we could grow that
in the lab and have Roy meat. We wouldn’t want to do that. I’m delicious. So I’ve been told. We want to focus on stuff that can actually do a lot
of good for the world. Sound like a good plan, man. You’re making the best meat. Let’s go ahead
and get it out there. I love a good
double cheeseburger. What’s your meat cost, about
three, four dollars a pound? -We haven’t done
a hamburger yet. -What? But the chicken nugget that
we make costs about 50 bucks. -For how many nuggets?
-Just one nugget. Oh, shit, you’re crazy. You mean, a six-piece nugget
costs $300. -That’s right.
-Mother(bleep). How good could a $50 clone
chicken nugget taste? More importantly,
is it even safe? (crunching) Let me get a three piece. I… I can’t.
That’s, that’s all we have. Who the (bleep) just make
two nuggets? All this shit in here and all
y’all got is two nuggets? Y’all are lying. Where are the nuggets at? Got to be in here. So the clone burger
is years away and even then, it might cost
as much as a Volvo. Is that an ice cream machine? And sure, you could go
with plant meat, but that still costs more
than a fart burger, and it’s witchcraft. So what are
broke-ass carnivores like me supposed to do if we want
to save the planet? Michael Pollan had the
craziest idea of them all. Have a burger once a week. So only eat meat once a week? Yeah. Try that.
See what happens. (both laughing) -Once a week?
-Yeah. Try it. -Only eat meat once a week?
-Try it. Man, you should be in comedy. (cheers and applause)