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Meat Could be Grown in Labs

Meat Could be Grown in Labs

Artificial meat, sometimes called in vitro meat, could be grown in lab-like facilities to replace meat from animals. The point of growing meat instead of raising animals for slaughter would be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and halt the mistreatment of millions of animals. Researchers in Europe have found that generating lab meat could reduce greenhouse gases from animal farming by 96%. Producing artificial meat could also require only one percent of the land used by animal farming, and just four percent of the water.  Another benefit of using artificial meat is that it would not contain any pesticides or herbicides farm animals can ingest, so they would not be passed onto consumers.

Even PETA has endorsed the idea of artificial meat because if it ever became viable and affordable, using it would greatly reduce the suffering of a tremendous number of animals.  The artificial meat comes from animal cells that are processed to replicate, and create more muscle tissue. NASA was one of the first organizations to attempt creating artificial meat in order to investigate its use for astronauts in space. A Dutch medical doctor has also been working on the development of artificial meat. In the 1930s Winston Churchhill reportedly said, “Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

Currently the process for creating artificial meat is labor intensive, complex and very expensive. So expensive, in fact, that it would not be an affordable product in any marketplace. In time, with more research, it might begin to find a place in human society. In the meantime, if you want to reduce your impact on the planet you can simply eat less meat from farm animals, or stop completely. Artificially created meat should not be confused with imitation meat, which is often made from soy or wheat gluten, and eaten by vegetarians.

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9:56PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Won't work

9:57AM PDT on May 13, 2013

well i think it could be a good idea once the cost comes down, but am a bit concerned about any side effects....theres bound to be a drawback somewhere!, there always is with something that sounds too good to be true !!!

9:16AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Food for thought.

3:27PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Maggie O, have a wee bit too much hibiscus tea at one go? If you don't eat meat, by all means continue eating quinoa and leave the rest of us alone. We can all read here without the caps which is the internet version of screaming and shouting. I eat organically raised meat and there is nothing sick about it...no toxins, no antibiotics and no growth hormones that factory farmed meat has. I even eat organic veggies avoiding being a Monsanto guinea pig or pesticides. Will certainly lab grown meat in the future should it go up for sale. It appeals to me about as much as genetically modified veggies which one day may mutate into carnivorous plants a la The Day Of The Triffids.
Mindless drones? Really? Selma A unless you are referring to Borg drones which is unlikely as they only consume "tasty supplements" your refrain and lament grows tedious and obnoxious. Mind your own asparagus. There are vegetarians who do die of cancer, you are not immune. Meat portions the size of a deck of cards is all that one needs. It's called a balanced diet, eating anything in excess will cost you. Nutmeg is a fine spice but will kill you if one eats a whole one at one sitting. There are no meat rehab centres. But if Monsanto gets its way there won't be any natural plant life left on the plant. Give it 30 years or so.

3:12PM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Trying to read all (at this point in time...124 comments) but hitting the "view comments" merely produces a blue spinning circle. For an eternity. Went to another article and will try again. Please don't have me sign in yet again as I am already signed in. Would love to go back to the old days where one signed in once for the day or evening and that was it.

1:30PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Mother Earth allowed for livestock animals to come into being. The idea of eating man - made meat s unsettling to me......

11:38PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Raises many questions.

8:38PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

This is great news! However, I still don't think I could ever return to eating meat.

9:37PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Honestly, it sounds a little scary. Like a lot of new innovations, I'd want to wait until it was around awhile and we discovered all the potential problems.

4:27PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Very creepy.

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