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    Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    In-vitro meat: Would lab-burgers be better for us and the planet? - CNN.com

    I found this article fascinating. With the way biotechnology is progressing, it seems very likely that by the end of the decade, we'll be able to grow meat in laboratories at a price that is competitive with meat grown in ranches. The benefits of this are hard to overstate.

    1. The environmental impacts will be HUGE. Every pound of beef requires 30 or more pounds of crops to feed the cow. Pork and chicken don't require quite as much feed per pound, but still a huge amount. This is a huge drain on our water supplies and farmland. If our meat was grown in a lab, it could completely eliminate these problems, freeing up our land and water supplies to be used for other productive things or returned to nature.

    2. The health impacts could be very large too. As it stands now, red meat is extremely unhealthy. It has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Growing our meat in the laboratory would enable us to tinker with the genes to make it more nutritious. Imagine eating something that tastes like a cow, with the nutritional content of a fish.

    3. Those with moral or religious qualms about eating meat could sleep easily at night, knowing that no animal was killed so that they could eat dinner.


    I think that right now, the "yuck" factor might dissuade people from trying it. But I think this is really just a matter of how the lab-grown meat was marketed. If it had the same taste and texture of actual meat, I definitely could see this becoming very popular. And after it became commonplace, the "yuck" factor would disappear on its own. What do you think? Would you eat lab-grown meat, assuming it had the same taste and texture of regular meat, at a reasonable price?
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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    How exactly do they expect to replicate the texture of meats? From what I understand of cultured meat (See Wired Magazine Article), they take a bunch of cells from muscle and grow them, but you don't get the same structure in cultured as you do from a real animal.

    I'd be willing to try it, but I see real problems getting it to mimic or be identical to the real thing.
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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    That yuck factor does dissuade me. Once improved i would try it. Although at its current state, I would much rather eat real meat :-).

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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    How exactly do they expect to replicate the texture of meats? From what I understand of cultured meat (See Wired Magazine Article), they take a bunch of cells from muscle and grow them, but you don't get the same structure in cultured as you do from a real animal.

    I'd be willing to try it, but I see real problems getting it to mimic or be identical to the real thing.
    Basically the idea would be to "stretch" the cells manually in the lab, to mimic the muscle movements of a live animal. It's not an easy task, but lab experiments have shown that it can be done. We'll probably see lab-grown hamburgers several years before we see lab-grown steak, for this very reason. Foods where the texture isn't as important (e.g. hamburger) will be much easier to create in a lab than foods where the texture is very important (e.g. steak).
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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Basically the idea would be to "stretch" the cells manually in the lab, to mimic the muscle movements of a live animal. It's not an easy task, but lab experiments have shown that it can be done. We'll probably see lab-grown hamburgers several years before we see lab-grown steak, for this very reason. Foods where the texture isn't as important (e.g. hamburger) will be much easier to create in a lab than foods where the texture is very important (e.g. steak).
    I guess a hamburger wouldent be so bad. I love hamburgers :-). It's just the way the meat looks that completely turns me off. No. That isn't what she said.

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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Basically the idea would be to "stretch" the cells manually in the lab, to mimic the muscle movements of a live animal. It's not an easy task, but lab experiments have shown that it can be done. We'll probably see lab-grown hamburgers several years before we see lab-grown steak, for this very reason. Foods where the texture isn't as important (e.g. hamburger) will be much easier to create in a lab than foods where the texture is very important (e.g. steak).
    But how do you get the veins to grow in the correct spots? This seems really hard to do. But you do have a good point in that hamburger would be easier. Same for chicken nuggets. There's no grain in chicken nuggets for a reason. I suppose any meat that can be extruded would bypass the texture problem.
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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    I'll try just about anything once. This wouldn't be any exception.
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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    Sure. I'll have a Frankenburger with lettuce and tomato, por favor.

    If it looks and tastes the same, and isn't going to make me grow eyeballs on my fingertips, and it is LESS EXPENSIVE, I'll buy it. Meat is ridiculously expense these days.

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    Re: Would you eat lab-grown meat?

    I would be fine with it... as long as they needlessly killed an animal in my lab-meat's stead.
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