in vitro meat: would you eat it?
i just discovered this when i was looking for new meat analogues. i don't look for things that taste like meat, i'm usually looking for protein-dense non-animal product items.
it's also called "cultured" meat. it's grown in a laboratory, i'm thinking from original cells (remember dolly, the cloned sheep? something along those lines).
here's a small excerpt from http://invitromeat.org/
An environmentally friendly cultured meat technology rests on four basic premises: (1) the culturing of muscle progenitor cells from farm animals of choice that are able to proliferate at a high rate, (2) the application of a growth medium that does not contain animal products, (3) the efficient differentiation of the progenitor cells into muscle cells that contain all nutrients present in conventional meat, and (4) the organisation of the muscle cells into 3-dimensional muscle structures.
it's my understanding that this research is primarily being conducted to provide an alternative food supply for many reasons, but the primary one is that raising cattle is relatively not cost-effective and there are parts of the world where it isn't feasible.
PETA has offered them $1 million if they can be the first to put it on the market. it's 100% cruelty-free: they'll just grow (among other things) chicken breasts without the chicken. no animals ever have to be harmed again. the only aspect that isn't dealt with is dairy and eggs--and if you think about it, those cows and chickens are treated worse than the ones that are slaughtered because they have to lactate and lay eggs continuously for several years.
so aside from the dairy/egg issue, if you want to be a vegetarian but miss eating meat, would you eat meat that was originally grown in a laboratory? i mean, most people are already eating gmo's (genetically modified organisms) whether they know it or not. it might not be a good thing for people but it's always good for monsanto.
right now, it's prohibitively expensive to market but i don't foresee that lasting. so if it were comparatively priced, would you eat it or would you refuse?
i've been a vegetarian for so long that i wouldn't even try it. i don't have a need to, i don't crave meat, it doesn't seem like a suitable food to me--not that i think about it consciously, it's just second nature to me. i'm just curious who would find it an acceptable solution for cruelty-free meat.
another excellent off-label use would be cat food. no longer would they have to eat eyeballs and trachea. now that i would buy.