Something “meaty” this way comes

Posted on 22 Jun 2011 in Avoid Processed, Think Welfare | 2 comments

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This is the latest from the Guardian on the subject of In Vitro Meat – that’s meat “grown” in a lab or “artificial” meat.

Yep, that means it won’t come from a animal at all, it’ll be an edible protein grown in an algae solution – “muscle cells grown artificially, rather than in a living animal”.

The article says, “Meat grown artificially in labs could be a greener alternative for consumers who cannot bear to go vegetarian but want to cut the environmental impact of their food, according to new research.” So what do you think about this, would you eat it?


Leo Hickman would, and he makes some interesting points in this piece from 2009.

Would it even taste like real meat? If not, then what’s wrong with the many meat alternatives we’ve already got?

Most of them don’t taste much like meat either.

Interestingly, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals are helping to fund this research, but is this taking science too far?

We all know there’s going to be 9 Billion people to feed by 2050, could this be one of the solutions?

Do you think ideas like this and GM are the answer, or do you support the thinking that there’s more than enough to go around – if we get a bit smarter about how food is grown, produced, distributed etc.?

Britain’s got used to eating loads of cheap meat, but as we’re getting told a lot lately, it’s harming ourselves, animals and the environment.

So, is it time for In Vitro Meat and Cloned Meat? Or just time to Think Welfare – to eat meat less often and choose better quality meat when we do?

As always we welcome your thoughts, these conversations and decisions are for all of us as “consumers” to consider.

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  1. Sam Zubaidi / June 22nd, 2011 14:52

    I think it’s ridiculous – if we’re getting to the stage where we’re having to grow meat, it means the meat industry has passed the point of sustainability. We need to reach a point of equilibrium, with this, and all aspects of our lives as consumers, and most importantly, citizens. IMO the way forward is, as you suggest, think welfare – eat meat less often and better quality. Or, even better, be vegetarian!


  2. Bristol Green / July 3rd, 2011 10:33

    How would swapping the impacts of animal rearing for the impacts of this option (buildings (the labs), lab energy use, air con, plastic Petrie dishes, staff car miles etc etc) actually make this any ‘greener’? Sustainability for me is about moving (back) to being closer to the soil, air & water that can feed us if we learn a bit of perspective & humility to see ourselves as a (one, equal) part of nature, not the ‘master’ of nature as a resource to use, abuse & squander for ourselves alone.


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