Man-Made Meat Could Change the Way We Eat

A new scientific breakthrough in meat may change the way people classify their eating habits. Scientists have figured out how to produce animal flesh in a lab, and will soon be marketing it for consumption. This man-made meat has huge implications for the future of food, as it is entirely different from the current vegetarian tofu-based substitutes.

According to Food Safety News, “In vitro or cultured meat is not imitation meat – like all those vegetable-protein products that don’t taste anything like beef or chicken. In vitro or lab-grown meat is animal flesh, except it never was part of a living animal.”

Globally there are about thirty projects in development to create more of these meat cultures, which NASA scientists have already proved to be possible. The demand for research in this area is very high, as companies are very interested in investing these products. If successful, man-made meat can largely replace traditional meat simply because it was created without any cruelty to animals and produced in a sustainable manner.

This project also has the capability of becoming an immense flop, depending on public perception. If lab-made meat is considered to be too disgusting for human consumption, research could immediately cease without proper investment. However the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have already promised $1 million to the researcher able to develop “lab-grown chicken with the same taste and texture as real chicken meat, and sell at least 2,000 pounds of the in vitro product in 10 states by early 2016.”

This potential prize has spurred a small contest, with initial deadlines starting in June. By February 28, 2016, PETA judges and a carnivorous panel will taste the different meat cultures to determine if there are any winners.

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2 thoughts on “Man-Made Meat Could Change the Way We Eat

  1. Two main problems likely to occur (among others):
    1. Man-made meat producers will state their lab meat is just like real animal meat and lobby the FDA to approve its consumption without rigorous testing, and require no labeling so consumers won’t be able to make their own choice. It will be exactly like GMO approval which allows these companies to regulate themselves.
    2. You can take a muscle cell and replicate it in the lab, but what about the connective tissues we usually eat with the muscle? What about vascular tissue that usually comes along for the ride? What about fat? Are only muscle cells being replicated? If so, there are a number of nutrients we could be missing.

    I would recommend my patients and anyone else wait for long term testing to show it’s at least safe, and hopefully healthy.

  2. Travis

    It just as Ecclesiastes chapter 8 verse 9 says Man hasdominated man to his injury. We are going to suffer because of mans greed to make a name for him self as well as his worry for monetary gain.

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