http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2011/08/31/would_you_eat_synthetic_meat_.html

The New Scientist writes that lab-grown meat might be a reality soon, with one scientist estimating that he is six months away from creating a sausage, a year from a hamburger. Synthetic meat could have all sorts of positives, chiefly that it would be cruelty-free and eco-friendly (“cultured meat will require 99 per cent less land than beef farming”). Vegetarians tempted by the siren scent of bacon would surely rejoice to indulge without the guilt Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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4,125 hits 3.0 (1 vote) Share Favorite | Flag 8 years ago by spacepeanut

Would you eat synthetic meat?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_t...

The New Scientist writes that lab-grown meat might be a reality soon, with one scientist estimating that he is six months away from creating a sausage, a year from a hamburger. Synthetic meat could have all sorts of positives, chiefly that it would be cruelty-free and eco-friendly (“cultured meat will require 99 per cent less land than beef farming”). Vegetarians tempted by the siren scent of bacon would surely rejoice to indulge without the guilt


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8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 1/15/12 - 4:22:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would probably try some of it.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 1/30/12 - 9:27:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
no i prefer real meat not sh*t made in a tube
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 1/30/12 - 3:29:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't sound very appealing. Probably not.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 1/30/12 - 3:39:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I eat some weird stuff as it is... I'm sure synthetic meat would be nearly as good, and you wouldn't know it was synthetic instead of a generic mediocre burger unless they told you.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 1/30/12 - 3:57:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
i would try it but im not really excited at the idea.
8 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/14/12 - 11:53:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Uhh no.
8 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 2/24/12 - 2:07:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure it would have some kind of health hazard tied to it in the future, so no thanks.
8 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 5/25/12 - 6:40:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I like regular meat.
8 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 5/25/12 - 7:58:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
It might be better then the processed meat people eat.
8 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 5/25/12 - 10:54:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm surprised so many people are saying no.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 12/25/14 - 9:07:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Doesn't that already exist? Isn't it called Spam?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/14 - 10:08:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's not "synthetic". It's grown in a laboratory, but it's still meat.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/14 - 11:34:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
The synthetic meat I saw was made from a plant, with fibers mimicking that of chicken.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 12/30/14 - 11:41:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/14 - 10:08:05 AM sander wrote:
It's not "synthetic". It's grown in a laboratory, but it's still meat.

That's pretty much the definition of synthetic.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/5/15 - 2:15:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
I already do - TVP - Textured Vegetable Protein.

Very common in the vegetarian world - they can make it have a taste and texture similar to hamburger, hot dogs, chicken, pepperoni. etc. They haven't managed a good bacon yet.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/5/15 - 5:30:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Probably not.

I wouldn't call the 'lab burger' that was in the news this year vegetarian - the process used fetal bovine serum (a product of blood collected from slaughterhouses). There are potentially alternatives, though.

There's an argument to be made that synthetic meat should be supported if it reduces the net harm/cruelty, relative to the meat industry as it is, but I'm not really sure how much of an impact it would have if a substantial number of people who currently eat meat have reservations about what they see as 'non-natural' (justified or not). Also, as far as I'm aware, being a vegetarian is still preferable in terms of the environmental and economic conerns.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/5/15 - 5:31:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
So the target to me would be people who:

A) Think there are substantial ethical/environmental/economic issues with eating meat (otherwise there's no reason for them to change)
B) Aren't willing to become vegetarian
C) Would be willing to eat synthetic meat

I'm not sure if that covers enough people to warrant pursuing it strongly, as opposed to perhaps just trying to make vegetarianism seem more feasible/desirable to people.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/9/15 - 6:25:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 12/30/14 - 10:08:05 AM sander wrote:
It's not "synthetic". It's grown in a laboratory, but it's still meat.
On Tuesday 12/30/14 - 11:41:21 AM dacash wrote:
That's pretty much the definition of synthetic.


This meat has been _alive_ in the laboratory. The fact that it doesn't have limbs or a nervous system doesn't enter into it. So it's not synthetic.
It's life, Jim, but not as we know it.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 1/9/15 - 3:12:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. That is what synthetic is: created in the lab instead of naturally. I can make a synthetic vaccine that I "grew" or otherwise fabricated in a lab and it is still not natural. I can make a chemical in a lab, by what ever means, and it still is synthetic as opposed to natural occurrences of the same chemical. Insulin made in by pig livers in a laboratory is still synthetic insulin.

And it isn't just "not life as we know it" it is completely dependent in every way on the people growing it. If you turn it loose it is not going to reproduce and make more meat (one of the basic definitions of being alive is the ability to reproduce).
5 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 1/10/15 - 1:11:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
So by that definition, Mules are not alive?
5 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 1/10/15 - 1:52:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm dead.
5 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 1/10/15 - 1:53:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
5 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 1/10/15 - 3:01:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 1/10/15 - 1:11:12 AM Boredofu wrote:
So by that definition, Mules are not alive?

I thought about this a bit. My first response had something to do with the characteristics for life that are generally accepted in most biology texts and how mules fulfill all the other characteristics as well as being offspring of an animal that does and that the synthetic meat fails many if not almost all of the characteristics.

But then I thought, n/m, no one caress and mules are as good as dead anyway.
5 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 2/1/15 - 3:04:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I probably would.

It sounds like a good project up there.



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