You’ll want to sit down for this one.
It appears that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have some real competition coming down the pike.
Artificial lab meat is now being “grown” from pig stem cells fed with fetal horse serum.
Scientists in the Netherlands are indeed on the cusp of developing “slaughter-free” meat produced solely in a lab environment. One expert went so far as to predict that the first stem cell sausage could be available within 6 months.
Dr. Mark Post of Maastricht University said, “I’m hopeful we can have a hamburger in a year.”
The biggest problem scientists are dealing with right now is that lab meat is white due to the lack of myoglobin, the iron carrying blood protein that gives meat its color.
Dr. Post said that scientists are working on ways to build up the myoglobin in the synthetic meat to give it more color and hence be more appetizing to consumers. In short, the vegan alternative to gassing meat in supermarkets to keep it perpetually red!
Farmers do not appear threatened by this new development – at least not yet.
A spokesperson for the Cattle Council of Australia said the large amount of FrankenMeat that would need to be produced and the difficulty in doing so on a mass scale precludes any competition for the foreseeable future.
You can be sure when mass production of lab meat does become financially viable, fast food chains will be all over it. They’ve already shown themselves to be more than willing to partially substitute cheap, MSG laced soy protein as a filler for conventional beef to cut costs.
The real question, however, seems to be: will vegetarians eat it? Since they already gobble up edamame misguidedly thinking it’s a vegetable, the chances are probably pretty good.
I don’t eat red meat, and I wouldn’t eat this either. It avoids the ethical issues of factory farms, but not the ick factor. And I suspect a big techno-food operation like this would cause its own environmental problems.
Dixee Stewart via Facebook
And Vernon Hershberger is the one going to court? What is WRONG with this picture?
Donalie Sawtelle Graves via Facebook
OMG what next? This is so disgusting to even think about.
Jan White via Facebook
If I cant ride it won’t be on my grill
TrishandFrank Neverdatamineme via Facebook
No more buying factory meat in America for me. I guess I’ll go full blown vegetarian if I cannot find a local butcher that refuses the labmeat type substances.
Tom Bolander via Facebook
What next ???
Angela Riney via Facebook
Oh yum. 😛 That TOTALLY sounds appetizing 😛
Anja Corcoran via Facebook