It’s Tuesday, November 10, and McDonald’s is debuting a new line of plant-based options.

Burger King has the Impossible Whopper. Wendy’s has the Plantiful Burger. And now McDonald’s is marking its entry into meatless fast food with its own burger: the McPlant.

The fast food giant unveiled the new burger in a press conference on Monday, saying it expects to roll out the McPlant at some point next year. It’ll feature a patty co-created by Beyond Meat, the company behind plant-based meat alternatives at other chains like Carl’s Jr., Dunkin’, and TGI Friday’s. But according to a McDonald’s blog post, only the McPlant will deliver the brand’s “iconic taste” and “craveable McDonald’s flavor.” Which is either a blessing or a curse.

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“We think our culinary team nailed it,” the post said.

More meatless entrees may be on the way: McDonald’s said during its press conference that a full line of McPlant options could eventually include plant-based chicken and breakfast sandwiches.

The reception was mixed, with some praising the chain’s intentions and others mocking the McPlant’s straightforward branding. Eater called it the “Boaty McBoatface of fake meat.” Laugh all you want about the name, but livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. If McPlant options begin to replace McDonald’s beef products, it could represent real progress toward the ambitious emissions cuts that the chain pledged back in 2018.

Joseph Winters

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