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Test Tube Meat: Legit or Un-legit?

The world human population has reached seven billion, and scientists say that the world demand for meat will double by 2050. Meat production is inefficient in that it requires more land than producing crops. I recently read an article on BBC that highlights a new research that allows scientists to create meat from stem cells. This cuts out the need for the slaughter of animals, as well as the need for the inefficient use of agricultural land.

Personally, I enjoy my steaks rare, and my fish raw (sashimi baby!). By producing meat in a lab, rather than in a farm land, it may be possible to create meats in a sterile environment. This will make raw foods more popular, and make Jason Mraz less likely to have stomach viruses.

Perhaps, this is the way to combat famine. What do you think about this idea? Would you ever eat meat that is grown in a lab?

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  1. October 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Personally, I would never eat meat that was made in a lab. There’s something about scientifically created meat that doesn’t sound appetizing. If this were to be approved or catch on, however, I think it could really benefit the world. If the new stuff these scientists concoct really is safe, healthy, and more efficient then it could benefit a lot more people and maybe aid those impoverished as well as the fast growing population crisis.
    The biggest hurdle with this of course would be the politics behind it. I’m sure many politicians, scientists, and companies would all fight over the ethics and fairness of this new discovery.

  2. October 25, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I would also not knowingly eat meat that was grown in a lab. It is also like the difference between free range eggs and eggs grown in cages. Free range eggs hold more nutritional value and are more animal friendly. So my major concern with the meat grown in the lab is that this meat wont have the nutritional value of an animal caught in the enviroment. I was just reading an article about how a lot of the consumer food we eat is genetically modified. Here is a link talking about the politics behind genetically modifiied food.

    Politics Heating Up Over Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

  3. October 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    As an adventurous eater, I always like to say I’d eat anything once. While the benefits of lab-grown meat are apparent, there’s something about it that just doesn’t quite seem safe. I too enjoy sushi and filet mignon so rare that I like to say “just bring the cow into the kitchen, let it look at the over and cower in fear, and then bring it out to me” but I’m not sure how lab-grown meat is necessarily less likely to give you food poisoning or make Jeremy Pivon more likely to show up for his engagements. Personally, I’m not big on GMOs; I was raised in a house where most factory-produced snackables were referred to as “frankenfood”. But if the proper precautions are taken and its shown to be nutritionally sustaining, then why not try to tackle world hunger? Those less privileged than I would sure not be so haughty as to look down their noses at lab meat.
    However, what interests me most is that me most is that organic life can be created under these circumstances. But with the cloning of Dolly far in our past, it makes me wonder why this idea has taken so long to come to fruition.

  4. October 31, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Naturally the concept of eating meat that was grown in a lab seems quite off-putting but I think if scientists do manage to find a way to produce meat in a cost effective manner and on such a large scale, it will become the norm of the future. With the rising global population and overpopulation becoming an obstacle that the entire world will have to deal with soon enough, an idea like this that would allow more land to be populated while being able to produce more food with much greater ease it seems quite impossible that this idea wouldn’t catch on. It also presents the opportunity to aid millions who cannot afford fresh meat or simply do not have access to the nutrients that meat supplies them with. The possibilities that accompany this revolutionary idea are endless, which is why I believe if the method is perfected it will grow to become a defining aspect of the future.

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