Lab-Grown Pig Even Vegetarians Can Eat
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Dutch scientists are doing their bit to address the food crisis, the climate crisis and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by growing pork meat from muscle cells harvested from a live pig. Their hope is to turn the cells from one animal into the meat from a million without killing any.
Right now, you wouldn’t go near the stuff. It’s a few soggy centimeters of meat grown in the nutrient-rich blood juices of animal fetuses.
It all sounds pretty horrific, but the researchers behind the project firmly believe that if they can get the end result to look and taste like the meat products we’re used to (no soylent green, please), people will go for it.
That’s a good thing for a world that is overfished, overgrazed and doubling in population.
PETA is on board, as long as the meat in question “is no longer a piece of a dead animal.” —PZS
Times of London:
[Mark] Post and his colleagues have so far managed to develop a soggy form of pork and are seeking to improve its texture. “What we have at the moment is rather like wasted muscle tissue,” Post said.
“We need to find ways of improving it by training it and stretching it, but we will get there. This product will be good for the environment and will reduce animal suffering. If it feels and tastes like meat, people will buy it.”
At present there is a question mark over the taste as laboratory rules prevent the scientists eating the fruits of their labour.
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