Throughout October, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific will be serving a new, exciting vegan dish—OmniPork Bolognese with Garganelli Pasta—to its business-class passengers on flights departing from Hong Kong. The airline says that it will then “review passenger satisfaction and continue to experiment with OmniPork dishes.”
OmniPork, which tastes like pork, is made from pea protein, non-GMO soy, shiitake mushrooms, and rice, and the best news is that no animal has to die for it.
The plant-based pork, Omnipork, created by Hong Kong start-up Right Treat, debuted at select Hong Kong restaurants earlier this month, and it is already earning a name for itself among chefs and diners for its realistic flavor and texture. https://t.co/L1fWbhLQBl pic.twitter.com/mRrcgK8Cbh
— Hong Kong Tourism (@HongKongTourism) June 23, 2018
Pigs raised for their flesh are kept in filthy, crowded conditions, in which disease can spread like wildfire, and they’re typically denied access to fresh air, sunlight, and adequate space. The outbreak of African swine fever has resulted in the culling of more than 100 million pigs across China, and countless more have been killed in other Asian countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam.
As African swine fever continues to decimate pig populations, PETA’s activists hung a banner from Taipei’s Xinyi sky bridge today urging residents to spare pigs by going vegan. ?https://t.co/gG22UDnGnJ
— PETA Asia (@PETAAsia) March 15, 2019
It’s no surprise that more and more travelers are opting for healthy, humane, and eco-friendly vegan meals for their own well-being and to protect both animals and the environment. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change, and in addition to being a major producer of greenhouse-gas emissions, it uses a tremendous amount of water, land, and food resources.
How to Request Vegan Meals for Your Flight
When flying, you may not be able to control who’s snoring in the seat next to yours, but you can guarantee that there will be a vegan meal in front of you.
If you’re jetting across international waters, you can rest assured that all the major airlines offer vegan meals on request. If you don’t submit a request for vegan food when you purchase your ticket, be sure to call the airline at least 72 hours before your flight to make the necessary arrangements and then confirm your meal again while checking in at the airport.
Finding vegan food in places all over the world is easier than ever, too. The helpful HappyCow app locates nearby vegan and vegan-friendly establishments and supplies all the necessary details about menu offerings and location. Other apps, such as Veganagogo, will even help you order vegan food in another language. The future is here, and it’s vegan.