The era of exotic meats grown to order--with no animals killed in the process--could be on its way. This August in London, Dr. Mark Post's team from Maastricht University is at long last going to serve up the famous burger made from beef cells grown in a laboratory bioreactor.
The highly anticipated in-vitro meat has been under development for years, and the project has cost a reported quarter-million euros. Cells are extracted from living animals and cultured in the lab on a diet of glucose and amino acids, where they grow into small strips of muscle tissue. In order for the tissue to be more than a flabby gel, it must be exercised regularly. Thousands of the strips pressed together amount to a burger's worth of meat.
Looking at how the sausage is made, be it traditional or lab-grown, is never appealing, But the potential here, for a world of delicious meat grown with no livestock involved, is pretty wild. CBC quotes Isha Datar of New Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to meat alternatives:
Unless its one of those food transmutter things from Star Trek I want nothing to do with your fake meat (Feat or Meake?)
The interesting question will be, how much energy (and other resources) does it take to produce a quantity of meat, and how does it compare to the old fashioned way of raising an animal on a farm? Is it more or less efficient and sustainable?
Bring it on. I have much faith in the quality that can be attained via lab-grown meat (eg. lack of antibiotics, filler, pollutants, or pathogens). But as a vegetarian that abstains mostly because of cruelty to animals, this would become an option for me.
Let's make vehicles powered by this meat. Give it some caffeine when you really want to go fast.
HBillyRufus: Efficiency isn't all that important.If you want efficiency,eat the grain the animal you killed for dinner ate.Meat is a luxury,and questionable for your health (especially red meat) if eaten on a regular basis.It DOES bother me that an animal has to suffer and die,if I have the alternative of lab grown meat when I want a treat.
bet you have never heard of a "wild cow" - thats cause they dont exist. Cows are here FOR human comsumption.. if there were such a thing as a wild cow then they would be extinct because they have no way to survive naturally - horses are different - there ARE wild horses and they do some what ok with out human intervention... but a cow - no they would all die off( and for you nautalist out there - a buffalo and a cow are two different things) -- look at pigs - no such thing as a wild pig - they change into a wild boar - they look and taste completly different -- somethings in nature NEED human intervention to survive... i'm fine with test tube meat... if they want to grow it sure... but have you ever tasted the difference in beef from a grass fed cow to a corn fed cow... night and day.. so i would doubt that a tube grown steak will even taste good..
wild cows- buffalo water buffalo cape buffalo theres more im sure those are just as close to cows as wolfs are to dogs but your right if we didnt eat cows there would be very very few of the wild or tame variety truely wild horses dont exist theyre all tame ones that escaped and bred unless you count zebras
cows can breed WITH BUFFALO and produce fertile offspring
sure sounds like wild cows to me nomunclature not withstanding
steak from a tube might taste ok it depends i suppose on the nutrients just liqify grass
from what i hear the main problem is texture vat meat atm is a grosss textureless paste
what's your argument again? We should keep killing millions of cows each year, just to keep the domestic variety from going extinct? There are of course, plenty of wild varieties of any domestic animal. Where do you think the domestic ones came from? I wouldn't know how they taste but that is not a method of classification!
I look forward to being able to eat meat again. My only concern would be that there is no chance for the meat to be accidentally or intentionally mixed with meat from once-living animals. If the tech is solid, eventually they will produce lab meat that is healthier and tastier than natural meat. The industry would have to be heavily regulated to prevent things like growing human meat. From the comments from previous related posts, there are those here that would like to try that!