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Would you eat lab-grown meat? (article)


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No I wouldn't eat the Petrie Burger.

 

1) I'm sure the "meat" itself would most likely be GMO (genetically modified). Not to mention hormones, preservatives and other nasty synthetic additives.

2) I probably wouldn't like the texture - I have a hard enough time eating some veggie burgers. Not to mention I already dislike some textures of real meat.

3) I don't miss eating meat when there are so many awesome alternatives out there - thankfully I have Garden Cafe.

 

Also, the "cell cultures" would still need to come from a living animal. Who knows how they would go about harvesting the cells/tissue from the animal & what about the treatment of the host?

 

Even if lab meat becomes a viable competitor to farming, I doubt it would taste the same, thus driving up the price for "real" meat. It will probably be lauded as the savior for poorer countries, but the lack of nutritional value & food additives could end up being more harmful than eating actual meat itself. Look, some countries in Africa already reject GMO maize despite having major food shortages. Why? Because studies show GMO raises toxicity & alters hormones. (http://www.naturalnews.com/021784.html). I'm sure this type of meat would also fall into the same category. What's sad is that we're already eating GMO foods and don't realize it.

 

I wish the government would stop playing with our food

 

sorry for the long answer haha.

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No, Topher that was well said. Every word of it.

 

People need to wise up and stop being so friggin lazy and stubborn and just give meat up, or at the very least decrease their consumption. It's alarming the garbage people put into their bodies and don't care until they are diagnosed with a life threatening illness..

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2. Displaying the desire to eat such a thing gives off the impression that we're "suffering" without meat and that we just can't wait to get back to eating it again. I'll take my meat alternatives any day, knowing that they're not cultured from something that originally WAS alive, even if it's so far removed from the original creature that it's difficult to make the connection.

I wouldn't say "suffering," per se, but I do miss it. Meat is, in large part, delicious. That's why people eat it. Meat alternatives don't taste even close to the same, so I can understand why people would love to find a way to get back to it. I don't think that can happen, but I'm just saying I can definitely understand the urge.

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If the method was harmless for getting the cells to culture and no animals were harmed in it, i would give it a try.

 

I started being a vegan because of factory farming and to remove that from the equation would remove a lot of issues for me. It is a spiritual ethos to not eat meat at this point, but if someone made me a meal with this meat in it i would give it the ol college try.

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  • 1 year later...

Bringing this back up to see the current opinion. I think I would eat it at least on occasion. Since only muscle cells would be cloned, it would be virtually fat-free, besides whatever EFAs and whatnot they might put in it. I'm not sure about cholesterol. I don't miss the taste of meat or anything, but it might be nice to have more options when eating out. There is a chance I would include fish fairly consistently. Not really sure at this point.

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I would definitely eat it if it's not cultured in an animal product soup (which is what they've been using up to this point). I doubt I'd eat it all that frequently, but if it was widely available at restaurants (especially if they don't have vegan options), it would come in handy. From what I understand, at least some of the researchers do intend to up the EFAs and cut omega 6s, saturated fat and cholesterol. I'm not inherently against GMOs (though I despise monsanto) like many vegans and I'm not at all concerned about eating "naturally," (which has no real definition as far as I can tell).

 

One benefit that I don't think gets discussed enough with this is that the researchers claim it will be way more efficient than animal agriculture. I also don't think there will be much in the way of damage to topsoil, aquatic ecosystems (including fish death) and many of the other problems inherent in conventional agriculture (of plants and animals). Maybe that's not true, but if it is, it might even be more ethical to get a lot of your calories/nutrients from vat meat than from mono-cultured produce.

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I would definitely eat it if it's not cultured in an animal product soup (which is what they've been using up to this point). I doubt I'd eat it all that frequently, but if it was widely available at restaurants (especially if they don't have vegan options), it would come in handy. From what I understand, at least some of the researchers do intend to up the EFAs and cut omega 6s, saturated fat and cholesterol. I'm not inherently against GMOs (though I despise monsanto) like many vegans and I'm not at all concerned about eating "naturally," (which has no real definition as far as I can tell).

 

One benefit that I don't think gets discussed enough with this is that the researchers claim it will be way more efficient than animal agriculture. I also don't think there will be much in the way of damage to topsoil, aquatic ecosystems (including fish death) and many of the other problems inherent in conventional agriculture (of plants and animals). Maybe that's not true, but if it is, it might even be more ethical to get a lot of your calories/nutrients from vat meat than from mono-cultured produce.

Agree 100%. The only environmental drawbacks I could think of are the production of the chemicals/enzymes/etc. to grow the meat, and the fossil fuel energy to run the labs.

 

Otherwise, let's eat up!

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