Thanksgiving was the genesis of plant-based meats

“Wildly popular plant-based, alternative meats like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat can trace their origin to Thanksgiving, which, as one of the most meat-centric holidays, traditionally left vegetarians without a comfortable seat at the holiday table,” according to Johns Hopkins University.

“That is until the introduction of Tofurky — which a Johns Hopkins University expert can explain — quietly introduced the world to ‘meat’ for people didn’t eat meat.” Jan Dutkiewicz, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins and an expert in the alternative meat industry, explains: