Kill-Free Meat

By on July 10, 2005

Our buddies at NASA have been working on a way to produce meat without having to raise animals. On a deep-space mission this would be a handy thing, but here on the home planet it would be a great thing too.
Papers published recently describe how industrial-scale tissue engineering could be the next big thing, possibly supplanting the raising of livestock for food.

With a single cell, you could theoretically produce the world’s annual meat supply. And you could do it in a way that’s better for the environment and human health. In the long term, this is a very feasible idea.

Interesting concept. I wonder if the PETA people would eat meat produced this way.

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Comments

  1. yet again…humans trying to outdo God…

    put my trust in what God put here? or some scientist looking to get rich?

    man, we humans really are stupid.

  2. drmthtr: I can’t accept your stance because you’re basically stating that we shouldn’t even try.

    “Master the art of flying? Again, humans trying to gain control over God’s forces”

    Seriously, don’t start throwing things into the God realm too hastly.

  3. I agree with drmthtr in the sense that this is a scary proposition, replacing the animals that G-d put on earth for us to eat with something grown in a lab. It is so contrary to what …. what seems natural.

    On the other hand, you don’t have to watch Live 8 or National Geographic nor anything else not to know there are hundreds of thousands of starving people in the world. Think what would happen if we can solve that in the laboratory. Where is the evil?

    It is in G-d’s plan that we all work to improve our lives and the lives of those less fortunate. G-d is not anti-science. G-d built people to wonder, and to learn and to imagine. It is the motives behind the technology, not the technology itself, where the true evil is.

  4. New production techniques are unlikely to “solve” hunger; there is already more than sufficient food produced to feed everyone. The problem tends to be either distribution/logistics or politics.

  5. The problem tends to be either distribution/logistics or politics.

    Totally agree. Unless this process can be done in the middle of Ethiopia itself, it’s not going to solve the problem.

    We throw away grain in the United States rather than have it enter the market and depress prices. The trick is getting that product across the world, and into some of the most remote and dangerous territories on Earth.

  6. The trick is getting that product across the world, and into some of the most remote and dangerous territories on Earth.

    Pah! I’m still waiting for teleportation and flying cars to solve that one. Kids in Ethiopia starving for my Lima Beans, eh, Mom? zzapp!
    Okay, admittedly and more seriously, I do see your points.

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