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In-Vitro, or Cultured, Meat Could Be on the Horizon

Could Lab-Grown Meat Be in Our Future?

You've heard of lab-grown gemstones. But how would you feel about lab-grown meat? A group of scientists from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have succeeded in culturing pork in a petri dish. Researchers extracted cells from the muscle of a live pig, then incubated them in a nutrient-rich solution, creating a sticky tissue that's being described as a "soggy form of pork."

There are still challenges to overcome — like how to achieve a firm consistency — but scientists believe an in-vitro meat breakthrough will happen and processed meat products could be manufactured from lab meat in as little as five years.

Cultured meat has the potential to reduce billions of tons of greenhouse gases emitted every year by farm animals. PETA even acknowledged, "If meat is no longer a piece of a dead animal, there's no ethical objection." But I disagree. In addition to blurring the lines between natural and artificial, something like cultured pork would complicate the ethics of eating meat, complicate vegetarianism, and create even more meat labeling problems. Would you buy a beaker-bred burger?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I eat processed foods now, but meat is something I completely avoid, lab grown or not. Bleh.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
weird and unsettling, but most progress feels that way initially.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Just say no to franken-foods. I will be sticking to my local actual-farm raised meats. Personally I think people need to eat less food, better quality food, and more natural food. So you can't have steak six times a week? At least you know it wasn't "grown" in a lab full of god-knows-what processing and ingredients. Think about it, back in the 50's people knew eating a steak was a special event, nowadays you can get steak burgers at McDonalds! Think more in terms of quality than quantity.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
In theory, maybe. But I'll definitely have to wait until they get beyond the "soggy pork" stage of development. That just sounds nauseating.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
tayrose tayrose 7 years
I'm a vegetarian, and I don't know exactly how I feel about lab meat. It sounds weird, but I already eat Morning Star Chik n Nuggets, and sausage links, and those aren't real meat. So I don't know, its possible that I could eat some.
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
It is so funny that this is everywhere today. I am currently watching Eureka on netflix and the episode I watched this morning was about lab grown chicken breasts that were making everyone stupid. Seriously though, not sure how I feel about this, seems like a good thing but also kinda gross.
kea718 kea718 7 years
If it tastes the same a regular meat I'd give up real meat in an instant... I eat enough artificial junk that artificial meat won't make too much of a difference.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 7 years
Based off of the anonymous commenter's points, if there can ever be a way for this to become a truly ethical alternative to traditional meat-eating, I'd be for it. Of course, that could take as long as fifty or more years, so I don't expect to be eating any lab-grown steaks in my lifetime.
jillpod jillpod 7 years
Yeah I agree, if right now it has a "soggy texture", I just don't believe they can make it tasty enough to taste like real meat. I'm not even an avid meat-eater, but that sounds gross and the chemistry of it all doesn't sound like it will hold well in cooking.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
What they grew sounds like it would taste like sh*t, pardon my French. I would not eat something like that in a million years. It's basically generic muscle tissue, but it would have no tone or marbling or texture. If I wanted that, I'd eat an overcooked hotdog.
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