Tuesday, April 20, 2010

In Vitro Meat

Artificially manufactured meat. I have been meaning to post about it for a while but needed some time to, um, digest this. 

The Telegraph reported last November on a scientific breakthrough that allows us humans to grow meat in a lab. Not grow animals, just the muscle and tissues.  So nothing ever is slaughtered/dies, but then again no being ever lives. Here is a grueling excerpt:

Mark Post, professor of physiology at Eindhoven University, told The Sunday Times: “What we have at the moment is rather like wasted muscle tissue. We need to find ways of improving it by training it and stretching it, but we will get there.

“This product will be good for the environment and will reduce animal suffering. If it feels and tastes like meat, people will buy it.

“You could take the meat from one animal and create the volume of meat previously provided by a million animals.”

The PETA people actually support this, as do a number of environmental groups. It certainly takes the punch out of the vegan parry, "I never eat anything that had a face." My gut (sorry) instinct is never, no way, but I have a feeling it is going to become commonplace, and soon. What do you think? Comments below please.

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