Today is my birthday and for years, I have told my husband that I would prefer he grill a nice thick juicy beef steak than to go out to some restaurant. Besides getting more for your dollar grilling at home, his grilled steaks are better tasting than anything I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

We visited our favorite local butcher shop and picked up some really nice looking thick steaks that will sizzle on the grill later today for my birthday. Served with a baked sweet potato and corn on the cob and you have a meal better than any restaurant’s.

Yes, I’m aware of all the current health warnings about eating too much red meat, but there’s nothing like a beef steak, beef ribs, beef pot roast, beef stew meat, teriyaki beef, crock pot beef stew or just a plain ole beef hamburger, ketchup only. Don’t get me wrong, I do eat some pork, lots of chicken and fish, but beef is by far my favorite meat.

That’s why a recent report from the CEO of the world’s largest meat processor sounded an alarm with me. Tom Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods Inc. told FOX Business:

“If you take a look at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

In past years, meat companies like Tyson have had to deal with avian flu infecting billions of poultry and mad cow disease infecting millions of cattle. Most recently was news of avian flu being detected at one of the chicken farms in Tennessee that Tyson contracts with.

For years, many poultry farms and cattle producers have used antibiotics in the feed to reduce the infections that can quickly destroy entire farm and ranch populations. However, the widespread use of antibiotics has caused great alarms among some health experts and health conscious groups. When Hayes took over as CEO last year, he addressed the issue, announcing:

“We just got to the point last year where the consumer is demanding [the elimination of antibiotics in the food chain] and wants transparency. They want to have trust in the brands they buy …. [so] let’s push ourselves to go all the way.”

Without using antibiotics to keep livestock and poultry disease free, it will become more difficult to provide enough meat to fulfill the demands for protein.

The demand for protein is increasing every day, throughout the world. Through the course of the interview with Fox Business, Hayes strongly suggested that to keep up with the worldwide demand for protein, that it’s quite possible that the future will see a lot more plant protein consumed instead of meat protein.

Imagine driving up to the window at your favorite fast-food place and ordering a veggie burger and fries. I know it’ll be the last time we’ll order fast food.

I do enjoy peanut chicken at a local oriental buffet, but the thought of finding nothing but plant based foods is just not that appetizing to me and to many others.

Replacing most meat items in restaurants will undoubtedly hurt the restaurant industry and cost many people their jobs. What will happen to your favorite butcher shop and the people who work there?

No, I don’t want to imagine a world without meat, especially beef. I also hate to see how many people will lose their jobs if or when that starts to happen. Sure, the diet may be healthier, but at what cost? Are you willing to sit down to nice soy-based T-bone steak or a barbequed tofu drumstick?  I sure hope that Tom Hayes is wrong.