Why Everyone Should Eat Lab-Grown Meat

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meat made in a labThe 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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Lynette Lynette

no way.  would rather go vegan than eat that.  I want real whole foods.  Not ones created in a lab

nonmember avatar Mike M

I personally do not like the way that farm animals are raised, treated, fed, and slaughtered so I am all in favor of lab meat (and have been since I first heard about it a few years ago). I don't know how much longer it will take to become an affordable and desirable alternative to animal meat (it has quite a ways to go; though I do feel that when it becomes commercially viable it should be considerably less likely to cause cases of food poisoning), but I do wish it could be available sooner, cheaper, be healthier, and be as tasty or tastier than animal meat so that we can become less of the animalistic society that we are and more of the kind of advanced (and spiritually evolved) society that we like to think of ourselves as being. Wikipedia has much more information on in vitro meat at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_meat

Taylor Rios

Absolutely not. The reason is I don't like to put any kind of chemicals in my body. Think of it like this - chemicals and anything pretty much man-made has health consequences. Cancer, autism, and all those illness on Mystery Diagnosis were rare if they existed at all before processed (or lab-created) food became cheaper than the real stuff. This is bad on all kinds of levels.

miche... micheledo

Ewww.  No.  Would not eat it.  And I don't see how it could be less expensive then the real thing!

frysh... fryshannon34

This sounds really weird

KTMOM KTMOM

No.  ick.

nonmember avatar Odog

Absolutely not. .. Shortcuts most always are accompanied by consequences.

Btw..I know this is nit picky but reason number 3 is not valid because greenhouse gasses do not "eat the ozone"...In fact, ozone IS a greenhouse gas....:)

nonmember avatar Jasmine Lane

No thanks - being human and being a carnivore I will stick to the real thing.

Rachel Prince

Did anyone used to watch "Better off Ted"? They created this in their lab, too...

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