Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

2020/11/17 16:26

Today's Vocabulary

1. stance (n)
a way of
thinking about something, especially expressed in a publicly stated opinion

2. debate (n)
serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part

3. ridicule (n)
unkind words or actions that make someone or something look stupid

4. obscure (adj)
known to many people

5. integrate (v)
combine two or more things in order to become more effective

6. tackle (v)
try to deal with something or someone

7. restrictions (n) 
official limit on something

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

It’s a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers.

European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the European Union’s 27 countries.

Europe’s largest farmers’ association, Copa-Cogeca, had supported a ban, arguing that labelling vegetarian substitutes with designations bringing meat to mind was misleading for consumers.

On the opposite side of the debate, a group of 13 organizations including Greenpeace and WWF urged lawmakers to reject the proposed amendments, arguing that a ban would have not only exposed the EU “to ridicule,” but also damaged its environmental credibility.

They said promoting a shift toward more plant-based diet is in line with the EU Commission’s ambition to tackle global warming. Losing the ability to use the terms steak or sausage might make those plant-based products more obscure for consumers.

“Consumers are in no way confused by a soy steak or chickpea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan,” the group said in a statement. “Terms such as ‘burger’ or ‘steak’ on plant-based items simply make it much easier for consumers to know how to integrate these products within a meal.”

Together with Greenpeace, the group regretted that lawmakers accepted further restrictions on the naming of alternative products containing no dairy. 


  1. Does a burger have to contain meat to be a burger?
  2. What is the best burger in the world?
  3. Do you think food is well labelled?
  4. Are veggie burgers really burgers?

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