Taco Bell 'Fake Meat' Has Nothing on This Scary Food

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mad scientistPeople have been going loco since learning taco bell "meat" isn't all meat, but if that skeeves you out, be prepared to never eat anything not grown in your own garden again. Scientists are in the lab developing things that are much scarier. Think that's impossible? How about a lab-grown burger wrapped in killer paper?

The food being developed as of late is worthy of any sci-fi flick, and a scary one at that. But since there's no stopping science, or hungry Americans, let's take a look at a couple of these products coming to our tables soon.

First up, the killer paper. The intent of this is great -- to improve food safety, which with a recall every other day, we certainly need all the help we can get in this area. The packaging paper is being designed to fight E. coli  and S. coliaureus -- two of the big food poisoning agents -- by using silver nanoparticles.

Say what? It uses "ultrasound, or high-frequency sound waves, to deposit the particles on paper." And then we're supposed to eat the food it touches? Sorry, I'm no scientist, but I don't want anything like that near my food. Can't they just make it safe in the first place?

Speaking of making food, that's next up in the weird science food arena -- lab-grown meat. Lab. Grown. Meat. I can't think of anything I would rather eat less. Gag, seriously.

Again, the intent is a good one -- to help eliminate world hunger -- so I hate to knock it, but meat is ... meat. And to think you can grow flesh, and then expect someone to eat it ... can't they grow beans instead?

Some in support of the food technology say people just need to get used to it.

"There's a yuck factor when people find out meat is grown in a lab. They don't like to associate technology with food," Nicholas Genovese, who works in meat-growing lab, told Reuters. "But there are a lot of products that we eat today that are considered natural that are produced in a similar manner. There's yogurt, which is cultured yeast. You have wine production and beer production. These were not produced in laboratories. Society has accepted these products."

But they're not meat!

He's right about the yuck factor, however. A little maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, in a Taco Bell shell is sounding pretty good right now.

What do you think of this sci-fi food products? Bring them on or spoiling your appetite?


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