YOU GUYS REALLY USE MARIHUANA IN YOUR BURGERS?
When somebody comes up to us on festivals, we used to say, ‘Yeah man, we do, but the organization confiscated all those burgers. We do have some burgers left with seaweed, though.’ 99% smiled vaguely and ordered one, forgetting all about the fact that they were ordering a vegan burger! Since the Netherlands is known for its weed culture, this name just came up and it has worked well ever since.
PEOPLE REALLY EAT THAT GREEN, ANNOYING STUFF LYING AROUND ON THE BEACH?
Yes! And NO! That stuff lying on the beach consists of old plants and you need to be careful to eat them. The weeds we use grow in sea farms. This new form of agriculture is called seagriculture. Human kind has been eating seaweed for thousands of years! We use it because it is extremely healthy. Seaweed and algae contain lots of vitamins, minerals and Omega-3-6-9 and are full of proteins, iron and calcium. As a matter of fact, it holds a rather similar code of protein as meat, making it a perfect substitute.
HOW DUTCH IS YOUR SEAWEED?
Our seaweed grows in the Dutch Oosterschelde and is handpicked by a company called Zeewaar. They started their first field in the summer of 2013 and at that time almost their full harvest went into our burgers. So YES, we are using Dutch Seaweed.
We believe that sustainability has less to do with our planet and more to do with society. Planet Earth can sustain herself; she has done so for millions of years. The question is, are we able to re-organise our economies and lifestyles so the Earth’s ecosystem can sustain our livelihood? Using seaweed, as the main source of protein, we can relieve the pressure on our ecosystems: by minimizing the impact of the meat and dairy industry, reducing greenhouse gases, saving thousands liters of fresh water and restoring thousands of acres of land – currently being used for animal farming. Scientists are saying, the global need for proteins would equal a total of three times the size of Portugal in seaweed crop fields to produce enough for all. That is why we use seaweed. It’s like saving the world with good food!
And oh yeah, we like the taste too!
IS YOUR BURGER REALLY MADE OF SEAWEED?
We do use other ingredients and keep them as wholesome and natural as possible, so NO, it’s not seaweed only. TDWB is a bun, paddy and sauce enriched with three different types of weed. The patty is made of roasted soy shreds enriched with kombu. We gave the bun an extra protein kick with the micro-algae chlorella. Our Weed Sauce is a homemade vegan mayonnaise enriched with fresh sea lettuce.
HOLY HEAVENS, YOU GUYS USE THAT EVIL BEAN IN YOUR BURGER?
YES we do. And NO, it is not evil. Here’s why:
We all know that large parts of the rainforests have been cut for soy fields, but let’s get the facts straight. It’s not the vegetarian drinking a soy cappuccino that is responsible for this disaster, it is because these beans are being fed to animals, worldwide. When soy beans started to be mixed in animal feed, the industry ravaged the pristine forests in South-America to feed animals cheap food. About 90% of the world’s soy production is being used for animal feed. That’s the problem, not the bean itself. So soy is a very good source of proteins, it can help you get rid of toxics in your body, relieve stress and is good for your brain! We say; Soybean, thank you!
IS IT VEGETARIAN?
When people pose this question, we say: “Yes, it is ALSO vegetarian.” Meat eaters always get confused when they hear that, because it goes short-circuit in their brain. If it’s also vegetarian, it must be something they would be able to eat as well, and that’s exactly the case.
The burger is also Halal and Kosher and Vegan, but we don’t say that, we call it plant-based.
The only thing we did was take out the animal-based proteins and replace them with plant-based proteins. That’s all!
ARE YOU ORGANIC?
We love organic! Where it is possible we do choose to use organic ingredients, but since our product is already on the pricey side we need to make choices. Just saying, if we would make our burger a 100% organic, nobody would buy it because it’s too pricey. That would be a shame, right?
Fortunately we recently were able to make our Weed Sauce 100% organic! It’s a process.
WHY DOESN’T THE RESTAURANT ON MY CORNER SELL YOUR BURGER?
If you have a favorite hang out and you think The Dutch Weed Burger will fit their menu, make sure to tell them and send them through! We can send them info and two sample burgers to lure them in! We are working with a small team so we can use ambassadors everywhere? So if you’re interested, join us!
I REALLY LIKE THE DUTCH WEED BURGER, CAN I HAVE YOUR RECIPE?
Sorry to say, but NO you cannot! It is hidden in a volt, deep down in the ocean. We can tell you that it consists of plants…lots of them! So…keep eating those plants, nuts, seeds, fruits and grains and who knows? You might come up with a vegan product that tastes really good yourself! If you do, tell us! We are always hungry for more!
IS THE DUTCH WEED BURGER AVAILABLE IN GROCERY STORES?
No, it is not, or not yet might be a better answer. So far we have put all of our time in getting The Dutch Weed Burger on restaurants menus all-over The Netherlands. Now we are there, we’re looking into all the options out there to get even more people to taste The Dutch Weed Burger. Would you like it to be available in grocery stores? And in what way? We would love to hear your thoughts!
LAST QUESTION, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
We are organizing a mutiny in the fast food industry, by showing politicians, big corporations, NGO’s, farmers and consumers that there are new opportunities on the horizon that are nourishing to nature, animals and mankind. We believe that we can speed up this worldwide transition, by changing the way we eat, one bite at a time!