Plant-Based Meat

Topic: Plant-Based Meat

This past year, a new product has exploded in the food market: plant-based meat. With names such as “Beyond Meat” burgers and “Impossible Whopper™”, these plant-based meat substitutes make a lot of claims about taste, nutritional benefits and ethical issues (Duggan 2019). Many food chains such as Burger King, Red Robin, White Castle, Qdoba and Del Tacos have started marketing the use of these vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

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Duggan, Tara “Critics question ethics behind Impossible Burger’s rapid fast-food expansion” San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2019. Web 18 August 2019


In Part I, websites were investigated as resources for finding information.

In Part 2, we will be looking at scientific journal articles, use PlumX metric to evaluate them, and look at what peer-review means and why it is important to science as evidence-based information rather than opinion.

  1. You will need to search for a full-text, scholarly article that is closely related to the topic of plant-based meat.
  2. You will need to review the two handouts: the informative pamphlet, I don’t know what to believe ( by Sense about Science, a science non-profit agency from the United Kingdom and A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science ( )an infographic by Compound Interest.

Your grade will be determined by

  1. Explanation (using two to three sentences) of how the article was selected and listing the key words used in the search
  2. Proper citation of the article using the format indicated by instructor:
  3. Report the PlumX metric for the journal and tell what that number means
  4. The relevance of article to topic.
  5. Based on reading the handouts provide a clear and accurate explanation of peer-review including 1) what is peer-review, 2) why peer review is important and 3) a challenge of peer-review.

Formats for citations include MLA, APA and American Chemical Society (shown below)

Last name, First and middle initial; Last name of second author, First and middle initial of second author. Title of article, Journal title. Year. Volume. Pages
NOTE: all authors must be listed in the order in which they appear in the paper.


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