> Fake meat patties and cutlets and so forth have various flavors and textures, none of which taste like real meat. (at least, as far as I can remember)
I have had tofu that tastes and feels almost exactly like chicken - not exactly but very, very close. Unfortunately now that I know I have a soy intolerance (plus a mild allergy) I avoid eating products made entirely of soy. It gives me migraine and cluster headaches, and makes me irritable.
I can have soy sauce though, and most vegetable oils without problem, thank goodness.
The problems that people are trying to solve? Ethical issues - some people feel really bad about eating other animals. Others are concerned about the inhumane nature of "factory farming" where animals are treated very cruelly. Consider even chickens - dumb as a box of rocks but even they experience emotion. There is also the matter of poorly-managed ranches where not one flying fuck is given regarding ecological conservation. Some won't eat meat due to insanitary conditions in slaughterhouses.
I have a Savannah cat (an obligate carnivore who requires higher levels of taurine than most domestic cats) and I used to feel bad eating other animals for a brief period but looking at the food chain and considering that we are more toward the carnivorous side of the omnivore spectrum (we can eat vegetable matter but we really do not digest it efficiently) I now look at it differently. I like lambs and cows and such and think they are cute creatures and make wonderful pets (I've raised sheep, goats, chickens, and other farm animals as pets) but I recognize that I am mostly carnivore thanks to evolution (or god, or flying pasketti monster, or whatever ;)) and have no problem eating tasty animals. Meat is fuel for the complex machine I inhabit.