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Navy to test serving fake meat at dining facilities to save money

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2018) –Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Dee Ann Ubasa cooks vegetarian hamburgers in the galley aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Expeditionary Unit (MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chandler Harrell)

If you’re in the Navy, get ready for the soy jokes- an obscure provision in the House version of 2023′s defense budget bill could require the Navy to serve up fake meat on a number of forward bases.

An amendment in FY 2023 draft of the National Defense Authorization Act is looking to create a “plant-based protein option” pilot program for locations such as Joint Region Marianas, Guam; Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean; and U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, as examples of such bases.

According to the amendment, the meat substitutes would be implemented at bases “where livestock-based protein options may be costly to obtain or store,” the amendment states.

The program would run for approximately three years and end with an evaluation to be sent forth to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

According to the Navy Times, the push for the ‘plant-based protein options’ was from Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat who previously worked at the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency and Department of Defense.

Texas Republican Chip Roy flame-broiled the proposal.

“A woke military that drafts our daughters, wastes resources on Green New Deal garbage, holds no one accountable for the Afghanistan disaster, and prioritizes playing leftist politics over destroying our enemies,” he wrote on Twitter. “Rep. Roy voted no.”

Inflation and rising energy prices are major factors for the increased cost of meat, and the DoD is currently looking at ways to save money on staples needed to feed troops.

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