The future is now, as a tissue engineer and development biologist at the Medical University in South Carolina has created turkey meat, without killing a turkey to get it. That's a good thing, right?
Vladimir Mironov has been working for several years and has now created turkey muscle in his lab. Of course, for turkey to taste good, he's got to create turkey fat, and to plump up that butterball, you need a vascular system for that fake turkey. So he's got a ways to go before we're all eating manufactured meat on Thanksgiving.
We could all be waiting awhile if the funding continues to be anemic for this fake meat project that could be environmentally helpful, as well as a way to feed populations who cannot afford to buy animals for consumption. The main challenge to getting funding and moving forward is, of course, the distaste for manufactured meat.
But I say this fake meat thing could be fab! Here's why:
1. Vegetarians can say goodbye to those dry, inedible veggie burgers. It's not a real animal, so no qualms about hacking it up and having it for dinner!
2. No worries about blood, guts, bacteria, and other nasties poisoning your meat supply and, therefore, your family.
3. No greenhouses gases eating the ozone via cow farts.
4. No explaining to your kids the difference between your family dog and the pig you eat.
5. No more wondering if science has finally gone too far. The answer is a resounding "yes."
You know Taco Bell will be first in line to start serving up the fake meat, and surely it's better than what we currently call a "chicken nugget."
Would you eat lab-meat?
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