Lab grown meat…what do you think?

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I’ve heard a lot of about “pain-free meat” from various sources over the last 12 months, including the wonderful Treehugger blog. The latest news is that it could be available within six months!

This is very encouraging to say the least, when you consider the long-term benefits of firstly, far less suffering of factory farmed animals and secondly a huge reduction in the impact on the environment caused by farming.

What I am interested to know though, is how many would actually be happy to try it…..?  Would you?

I personally didn’t give up meat because I didn’t enjoying eating it – my reasons were purely because I no longer wanted to participate in the cruelty associated with farming (during life and at slaughter). So on the surface, at least, this does sound appealing.

The lab-grown product is created by combining animal products, namely horse foetal serum and pig cells which does not make it completely ethical. According to an article from Horsetalk, a synthetic alternative to the serum is being researched also. Would it be a healthy option? That remains to be seen I guess. In reality though, for vegans or vegetarians, an ethical product is a very long way off.

In the meantime, how do you feel about this news?

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4 thoughts on “Lab grown meat…what do you think?

  1. Andrea says:

    I would never try it – I don’t think we should be ‘creating’ meat – it just seems wrong to mess with nature to such a degree. Andrea :)

  2. It sounds interesting in theory and horrific in reality. Admittedly I was not a huge fan of meat before giving it up but I try to minimised the processed foods that I eat. This sounds uber-processed!

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