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In vitro meat

  1. Dec 26, 2007 #1

    Gokul43201

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    I had all but forgotten about this development since I first read about it a couple years ago. Ivan's thread on genetic engineering and robphy's post in the Age of Discovery thread reminded me of it.

    Dr. Mironov was speculating about a meat synthesizer.

    In theory, there are a number of advantages to synthetic meat, from the ability to make it healthier than natural meat to the prevention of inhumane treatment of animals (to say nothing of feeding baked beans to cows). The drawbacks are mostly economic and in addition, potentially aesthetic.

    More articles/resources:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_meat
    http://discovermagazine.com/2006/jul/blinded
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/magazine/11ideas_section2-9.html?_r=1&oref=slogin


    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. - Churchill, 1932

    So, (for meat eaters) would you seriously consider switching to synthetic meat if it became commercially available? Since it will likely cost much more than natural meat, at what price ratio might you consider a switch likely, if you do wish to switch?

    If you are vegetarian for ethical reasons, would you be open to eating synthetic meat?

    Other opinions on the issue...?
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2007 #2

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    I would pay more for synthetic meat. Since prices for meat are steadily increasing due to costs to raise the animals, it might even be a wash in the not too distant future. I've been struggling with my craving for meat and my guilt over eating an animal, so finally I can pay for my sins.

    Decreasing the impact of raising so many animals for meat would be an ecologically sound move. I can see this getting a LOT of opposition from meat companies, unless they have some control in the new synthetic meat market.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2007 #3

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    I'm in as well. I don't eat that much meat anymore (low fat diet), but when I did eat more meat, I felt good that I was at least hunting for some of it. Does it taste like chicken?
     
  5. Dec 26, 2007 #4

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    :rofl:
    They should synthesize fish, with all of the over fishing, that would be another good area to work on.

    Oh and some synthesized whale for Arildno.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2007 #5

    Gokul43201

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    They've done it in the lab.

    http://www.marsblog.net/archives/001572.html

     
  7. Dec 26, 2007 #6

    Evo

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    Tuna without Mercury.
     
  8. Dec 26, 2007 #7

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    Beef without Uranus. :rolleyes:
     
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