NDAA Proposes Funding for Pilot Program on Research and Development of ‘Fake Meats’ for the US Navy

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Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was the first to break the news that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) proposed funding a feasibility study to feed “fake meat” to the Navy.

“Funding in the NDAA, provides a pilot program to feed fake meat to the Navy,” Rep. Greene wrote on her Twitter last week.

“As if recruitment isn’t hard enough right now getting young people to join our woke military requiring vaccines, the Navy is going to have it extra hard bc apparently Bill Gates is designing the menu,” she argued.

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The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee proposed H.R. 7900 which authorizes NDAA Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations for military activities and programs of the Department of Defense including research and development.

On June 22, 2022, the Committee on Armed Services held a markup session to consider the bill. The House of Representatives voted 57–1 in favor of recommending H.R. 7900.

Section 222 of the bill, Pilot Program on Research and Development of Plant-Based Protein for the Navy, states that it would direct the Secretary of the Navy to establish a pilot program to provide plant-based protein options to members of the Navy.

“The committee directs the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, in coordination with the Secretaries of the military departments and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, to conduct a study determining demand amongst service members for meal, ready-to-eat plant-based meals and submit a report concerning a plan for providing ready-to-eat plant-based meals to service members not later than September 30, 2023, to the congressional defense committees,”  the bill stated.

Plant-based meats, also called faux, fake, mock, meat analogs, or plant proteins, are products that mimic certain qualities of animal-based meat-like textures, flavor, or appearance, according to Daily Vegan. It does not contain any animal ingredients at all.

According to the proposed bill, the report shall include, at minimum:

  1. the results of the study;
  2. the feasibility and costs of providing a menu of more than two ready-to-eat plant-based meals; and
  3. the proposed plan of the Director to provide plant-based meals ready-to-eat to service members.

Section 231, Modification of National Security Strategy for National Technology and Industrial Base, states, “This section would amend section 4811(a) of title 10, United States Code, to address research and development of certain food sources, including alternative protein.”

You can read and download the full text of the bill here.

As reported by CNBC, Bezos, Gates, and Al Gore believe that fungus-based synthetic meat and dairy will be the next big alternative protein.

“Nature’s Fynd, based in Chicago, has raised $158 million in funding from investors including Bezos, Gates, and Al Gore,” the outlet reported. “The company’s meatless breakfast patties and dairy-free cream cheese are scheduled to hit grocers’ shelves, with other meatless products including burgers, chicken-less nuggets and yogurt in development.”

Bill Gates has also advocated that “all rich countries should switch to 100% plant-based beef” or synthetic beef to fight climate change.

Earlier this year, The Gateway Pundit reported that children in New York City schools were forced to “Meatless Mondays” and now they will be tortured with “Vegan Fridays,” thanks to Mayor Adams.

The first “Vegan Friday” started last February, and this is what it looked like for some of the children in New York City:

Dr. Amy Myers,  an accomplished, formally-trained physician, explained that “fake meat” is a problem and not a solution.

Some of the myths and facts concerning fake and real meat, according to Dr. Myers, are outlined below.

Environmental Concerns
Myth: Fake meat is better for the environment because the beef industry produces excessive greenhouse gasses and destroys the environment.

Fact: Ingredients such as pea protein and canola oil also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and land use. You can read more about greenhouse gases in this article.

Fat and Cholesterol
Myth: Meat is rich in fat and cholesterol and causes increased blood cholesterol levels and coronary heart disease.11

Fact: Lean red meat, trimmed of excess fat, does not increase cardiovascular risk factors. It contains protein that’s easy for your body to use, as well as vitamins and minerals your body needs.12

Nutrition
Myth: Fake meat is a good source of essential nutrients including vitamins and minerals.

Fact: Fake meat is also missing key beneficial fatty acids, vitamins and minerals found in animal protein such as vitamin B12. Additionally, heme-iron is the most bioavailable form of iron, and it can only be found in real animal protein.

Overall Health
Myth: Fake meat is a safe, healthy alternative to real meat.

Truth: GMOs are a cause for concern from the soy in fake meat. There is little research on the long-term effects of the ingredient soy leghemoglobin because it was only recently extracted from soybean roots and modified for food processing before Impossible™ Foods’ meat products. Studies on rats fed soy leghemoglobin showed unexplained changes in weight and inflammation markers in the blood.13

Sodium
Myth: Meals featuring beef products are full of sodium.

Fact: Most often, the sodium boost comes from toppings and condiments such as pickles, bacon, cheese, mustard, etc. that may also be used on fake meat burgers. Further, a fake meat patty itself has nearly 400 mg of sodium.14

Vegan/Vegetarianism
Myth: Avoiding meat is the best diet for a healthy body.

Fact: As a doctor, I don’t recommend a vegan or vegetarian diet including vegetarian meat substitutes for optimal health. Avoiding meat can make it difficult to get enough essential nutrients including iron, vitamin B, and even protein. Beans, grains, and dairy can lead to leaky gut and increased inflammation throughout your body.

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