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Meet the Meatless Meat

Have we transcended the animal necessity of meat? TIME reported on it before it reached the commercial stage, but now the reviews are in from critics and connoisseurs, and it seems that scientists may have finally cracked the code to the perfect synthetic chicken meat: vegetarians (and meat-lovers) rejoice!

Slate writer Farhad Manjoo contemplated Beyond Meat —  a soy-based product that looks, tastes, and feels like chicken meat — and decided that it was as good or better than really chicken (it breaks apart slightly easier, so it doesn’t get stuck in your teeth, a major plus). As the commercial firm behind the new product begins to expand Beyond Meat’s availability, its planned proliferation raises some interesting questions about whether carnivorism will die out — but either way, it’s freakishly realistic.

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