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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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Author: Karla

I was a vegetarian years ago when I was much younger, but it didn't stick the first time around. Relationships, apathy, lack of choices all influenced my slide back into eating meat. In early 2011, I heard about a book called "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer and immediately got myself a copy. Reading about the horrendous conditions factory farmed animals are forced to live under for their scarily short lives, really made me question whether I wanted to be a part of this going forward. A quarter of the way into the book my decision was made. I know my vegetarianism isn't going to change the world; my husband is a carnivore through and through and I don't expect that will change any time soon. I do however feel that most people would like to make more ethical choices concerning the food they eat, the coffee they drink, the restaurants they dine at etc. Many just don’t know where to start, which labelling to trust on food packaging, or just find it all too hard. So I'm here to share my own journey and to also learn from others who have made this lifestyle choice. Thanks for stopping by :)

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

  1. 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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