Scientists Grow Meat in Labs (OMG!)

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Meat made in a petri dish is apparently a real thing.

In what appears to be the culinary world's latest interpretation of Mary Shelley, scientists have already solved the riddle of making animal flesh in a lab, and are now figuring out how to sell it profitably, according to Food Safety News.

Lab meat is significantly different than your run-of-the-mill vegetarian substitute.

Food Safety News notes: "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."

There are at least 30 projects under development worldwide to come up with more of these cultures. NASA scientists have already proved the process possible.

And a lot of companies want to invest in these products because they see a potential windfall in selling cruelty-free meat to vegs worldwide.

The rub? Researchers need to make sure that man-made meat is commercially viable.

Many are now scrambling to do so because People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has promised $1 million to the researcher who can 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."

One of the contest's first deadlines will take place in June. The ultimate cutoff for the contest is February 28, 2016, when "PETA judges and 'a panel of 10 meat-eating individuals' will reportedly be involved in the comparison tasting," Food Safety News reports.


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helly ander
helly ander

NASA scientists have already proved the process possible. Most if the companies want to invest in these products because they see a potential windfall in selling cruelty-free meat to vegs worldwide.Hope for the best.LNB

Syracuse Florist
Syracuse Florist

That is scary, I wont eat spam and we're all pretty certain that is from a real animal 

Lex
Lex

this cant be healthy!! I think Im going Vegan like NOW...ONLY GOD knows if they have already been selling this stuff. Notice they said first deadline is in JUNE....UGH

Derek
Derek

The "what ifs" are moot because this will never ever happen. If you think the sadists in the factory farm industry are going to give up stake (sic) in one of the biggest businesses in the world for the sake of animal rights, you must be already well fed on GMOs, because your brain isn't working right. It's not just about the money, it's about power. The animal product industry is one of the most influential and powerful lobbying groups in the world. They control a large portion of the food supply. Even if test tube meat is profitable, unless the ones in charge now are the ones developing and patenting this tech they will never allow it to become mainstream and remove their hand from the cookie jar in Washington.

Bruce Jensen
Bruce Jensen

We no longer have human slavery in the US.  The ethical positions always win in the end.

Franco J. Torres
Franco J. Torres

With the world's population heading for 10 billion, yes, we need this to work to feed all those people. I would happily eat lab-grown meat if it means no more animal abuse.

Seijinvet
Seijinvet

  I have for a very long time envisioned home kitchens in the future that have aquaria like tissue culture machines that grow chicken, pork, beef,.... and abalone.  You just slice off what you need.  They will have to provide electrical pulses to make the muscle contract for texture, etc.  There will be a whole service industry built around it, servicing the machine, additives for the growth media to provide different flavor, etc.   Corporations will compete providing the starter cell lines.  Yes, there will be efforts to provide "supernutrition" via genetic engineering of these cell lines.   Eventually there will be leather cultures, wool cultures etc.  Domestic food animals will become curiosities.

Ron
Ron

Like I said previously, domestic animals will become an endangered  species, and ;more animals, more poop, more dead animals, more methane, more illnesses....

Classicb
Classicb

What the heck are you even trying to say.  Your poor grammar and rambling make no sense whatsoever.  If domestic animals become endangered why are there going to be more animals, etc?  Not that domestic animals will become endangered.  You think third world countries like Haiti will have high tech labs to manufacture food?  There willl be malnourished livestock tied up in their yards for the next ten centuries.

Bruce Jensen
Bruce Jensen

I have no problem with domestic animals becoming endangered anyway.  They're not natural at all, highly bred, and contribute nothing to the natural evolution of life on the planet.  If they go, it is REALLY not a big deal.  I'd rather have them go gently and happily rather than at a damned slaughterhouse after living short abused lives.

wcarver
wcarver

Thereare a few things that have to resolved before petri-meat becomes arealistic alternative to the moo, oink and cackle sources. One is thetexture, currently the product is a sort of gray mush which has allthe appeal of cold unsweetened oatmeal. I do believe, however, mostof the problems will be overcome if there is a foreseeable profit.

Thepositive part is the elimination of huge hog farms and the stench oftons of pig poop, the large amount of methane from cow farts (methaneis a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2). There is also the grossinefficiency of calorie conversion from grain to meat. And, theelimination of the inhumane conditions in which meat animals areraised would be an enormous plus.

Ifthey can successfully produce vat grown fish meat it would take thepressure off our shrinking and endangered wild stock of many species.

girdyerloins
girdyerloins

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....next step, meat-flavored ice cream!!Lip gloss, edible women's panties....oh, wait....naahh, forget that one....air freshener. I gotta sit down....

theotormon
theotormon

For people who care about animal welfare but who still crave meat, this is the ultimate solution -- if they can get it right. Last I knew, one of the biggest hurdles was reproducing the texture of muscle since the meat was not exercised the way it would be in a cow on the farm. Has a workaround finally been devised for this? Another issue is the growth medium it would be grown in. Is it devoid of animal ingredients? If the goal is animal welfare, it ought to be.

Ron
Ron

Maybe if they spin the petri dish  it will develop  the muscle texture.

ShawnTippie
ShawnTippie

I hope they get all the hormones out of it.

Lilmac_13_us
Lilmac_13_us

Sweet! peta judges are going to test some steak. Hope they pick the right lab grown one. NOT!! LOL 

Martin Mirek
Martin Mirek

If its made everywhere close to how the cows and chickens are treated today then I'm out. I like the natural stuff better anyways, it never hurt where this is artificial bs

David Jacques
David Jacques

Yes and then they'll proceed to kill said meat eating judges for crimes against nature. That is if the world doesn't end in 2012. Where is the people for the ethical treatment of plants?

Ron
Ron

Or the ethical treatment for humans ?

woodrat2296
woodrat2296

Mmmmm, Solyent Green.Yummy. Thanks but no thanks, I'll kill my own meat if I have to, but I wouldn't touch a chemistry experiment with a thousand foot pole.

Mark A Gravitt
Mark A Gravitt

H. Beam Piper's "carniculture" is becoming a reality. Good.

tRuLiGhT
tRuLiGhT

Come on people.... do you really think McRibb is made from a pig ... do you?

Matthew Haydon II
Matthew Haydon II

I know it seem sketchy like science experiment meat - but I bet they could even optimize it to have more health benefits than normal meat.

dubpoet1
dubpoet1

so easy.. you've a problem with the meat industry ? Don't buy their meat,  then..Had no beef for 20 years, nothing to it.

Patrick Hennessey
Patrick Hennessey

I'll believe it when I taste it. Also, I doubt that it is going to be good for your body.

Lik
Lik

Right, so enrich food is good for you? This is artificial meat, you think our bodies are meant to process all the chemicals we already ingest? We are natural and were meant to stay as natural as possible.

Guest
Guest

Meat is meat. There's nothing different about the components of it.Just because it comes from a laboratory doesn't make it hazardous to your health.

El
El

There's a difference between Meat, and Processed meat. Its not the same. One is organic the other created in likeliness but made by humans which the body isn't supposed digest.Our world is starting to be come reliant on Cloned/Unnatural things. A good example of this would be Butt Injections/Fake Breasts which all have side effects in the long run cause they're "Unnatural"

circeherbivora
circeherbivora

That is....AWESOME!  And just think- no animal poop!  No lakes of pink pig feces or nitrates from the chicken farm to contaminate the ground water.  No rancid smell either!  No workers in horrible, inhumane conditions- working with panicking animals that sometimes are fighting not to die.  Watch out though...the meat industry will do ANYTHING to sabotage this.  They stand to lose too much if this proves successful.  I have no doubt they would send in infiltrators to poison the meat or do whatever they have to to make sure this fails. 

Ron
Ron

sounds revolting.   Then we will have to put all those farm animals on the endangered  species list.  The result  more poop  more dead animals, and no one will be allowed to eat them.

theotormon
theotormon

Definitely fewer dead animals, Ron. Even if this catches on, it isn't like the meat industry will shut down overnight and just kill all their stock. Even if they did, those were animals that were going to be slaughtered anyway. And as for any food animals that are simply never born because of this tech, you can hardly say they are dead. You also mentioned greenhouse gases and illnesses below. Most estimates show that this would reduce greenhouse emissions. As for illnesses, the production of in-vitro meat would almost certainly be more sanitary. I don't even know how you fathom there would be more poop.

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