Yes, scientists are now growing meat in petri dishes. Sound tasty?
Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have been working on a product they call “cultured meat” for the past ten years and are ready to unveil it at the International Symposium on Cultured Meat in August 2011. (there is already an international symposium on this stuff?)
Although no one has tasted it yet (the FDA prohibits ingestion until it is studied) the scientists say chemically it’s just like the real thing.
“We have found a process to fuse chemical muscle fibers to make skeletal muscle, which is what meat is.” says Vladamir Mironov, lead scientist. (I wonder if he was sucking down some Stoli when he thought of this idea…you’ve got to see this guy. He is the personification of every “Russian scientist” ever depicted in a comic book)
How would you like your chemical muscle fibers…..medium rare? Very good, sir.
Proponents of this synthetic meat project say there are many good reasons to produce chemical meat.
- There are no hormones, mad cow disease, or antibiotics used in the making of your “meat”.
- No greenhouse gasses from methane will be produced in the making of your “meat”.
- No land will be used for meat production.
- The “meat” will not need feed to be produced leaving more food for worldwide consumption
- You can produce your “meat” anywhere….even in space
- Production of this substance can provide protein to starving nations
- And, of course, no animals will be killed in the making of the “meat”
Who is funding this research? PETA.
Yes, it’s pure…no mad cow disease, no antibiotics or hormones….
but it’s not real.
Mother Nature is the master (mastress?) of creating food sources that provide all the essential nutrients that our bodies need to be “healthy”, that is, support all the basic systems of the body and enhance our performance so our bodies are perfect machines. We, as a culture, began introducing chemically altered food decades ago. Hydrogenation of oils, additives like artificial color, flavor and texture, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate, GMO foods and the list can go on and on. Since then we have seen cancer, diabetes, ADHD, Autism, and other diseases skyrocket.
Suffice it to say, if food is made from chemicals in a laboratory, it is about as far from healthy as you can get.
But there are so many questions….where do I start?
- What color would it be? They would have to add artificial “meat” coloring.
- What kind of meat would it be? Beef? Pork? Lamb? Kangaroo? or…dare I say…human?
- Would it be in a can? or under plastic to give it that “real meat” appearance?
- Would you be able to add a bone for example for a T-bone steak?
- Why laboratory meat? Why not just laboratory protein? I think I could handle that. Not eat it, mind you, just handle the thought of it.
- I think we already have synthetic meat…..they’re called “hot dogs”.
Synthetic meat may catch on, I mean, who would have thought that Spam would still be around today after 70 years.
If you choose to eat meat and want a more healthy alternative to the current way meat is raised and processed, please check out the Sustainable Table. But please remember, humans don’t NEED meat to live. The choice is yours.
If you’re like me and gave up meat because you want to live a healthier lifestyle, then this is just another story about how science is trying to take over the natural order of things.
Better living through modern chemistry? Nope.