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    Exclamation Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming to Your Supermarket. Are You Ready For It?

    Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming to Your Supermarket. Ranchers Are Fighting Back.

    https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/04/...n-meat-tetrick

    Check this out ! I'm not sure exactly how I feel about it or if I would partake. I have been sworn off of meat for a long time- for many reasons including love and respect for animals, concern for the environment , and personal health.

    This new development seems to remove the first two concerns but it may still may clog your arteries -unless it is engineered to be super lean and without cholesterol.

    I honestly don't know if I would be tempted considering there are so many great and healthy alternatives to meat. As it is, it's hard for me to get around to all of the tasty and wholesome plant based foods that there are. What do you all think?

    Would you eat a hamburger or a chicken nugget made of meat grown in a laboratory?

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    Joshua Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of JUST, is betting that you will. The San Francisco-based company has been producing and selling non-animal versions of food, like mayonnaise, since 2013, and it's raised more than $310 million in venture capital.

    Tetrick and his team have created products like Just Mayo by identifying plant-based alternatives to common animal products, like eggs, using a combination of lab experiments and machine-learning.
    Ranchers and others in the meat industry are not happy. However, the animals being slaughtered are not happy either. Mother earth is also not happy, given the toll taken on her by meat production. And, in coming years, millions more people will be unhappy due to hunger,because a focus on meat production is not efficient and will mean that food production will not keep pace with population growth.


    JUST is one of a handful of tech companies working to disrupt the meat production industry.
    While many of its competitors are pursuing better plant-based meat substitutes, JUST is pushing ahead with so-called "clean meat," or lab-grown animal tissue that requires no farming, no feeding of livestock, and no slaughterhouses. Only a single sample from a single animal that's duplicated endlessly.
    JUST and companies like it are poised to disrupt the livestock industry. So established players are turning to the government to help protect their turf.
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    Nope.
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    The "weird" factor is just a matter of acclimation. I suspect my future grandkids will never know a time when one could walk into a supermarket and NOT find lab-grown meat for sale. They'll see it as perfectly normal.

    For the rest of us, some will be more accepting of it than others. However, if lab grown meat is near-indistinguishable from natural meat, it's lean, and priced lower than natural meat... sure, I'd give it a shot.

    Consider that it's a "cruelty-free" way to enjoy meat. No need to go vegetarian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgressivePatriot View Post
    I honestly don't know if I would be tempted considering there are so many great and healthy alternatives to meat.
    At a farmer's market in Ithaca, I tried a meat substitute called "seitan." Given that you are a vegetarian, I have an honest question that's bothered me ever since:

    What the fuck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgressivePatriot View Post
    This new development seems to remove the first two concerns but it may still may clog your arteries -unless it is engineered to be super lean and without cholesterol.

    The most recent studies indicate that dietary cholesterol is but a minor contributing factor to arterial cholesterol plaques. It's not the fat that that you consume that causes harm so much as it is the excess fat that you carry on your own body. Eating butter, meat and eggs is good for you, in moderation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    The "weird" factor is just a matter of acclimation. I suspect my future grandkids will never know a time when one could walk into a supermarket and NOT find lab-grown meat for sale. They'll see it as perfectly normal.

    For the rest of us, some will be more accepting of it than others. However, if lab grown meat is near-indistinguishable from natural meat, it's lean, and priced lower than natural meat... sure, I'd give it a shot.

    Consider that it's a "cruelty-free" way to enjoy meat. No need to go vegetarian.
    Turkey bacon is not bacon. Lab meat will not be meat. They say that veggie burgers are getting very close to the taste and feel of real hamburger.

    If lab meat is like hamburger, then I can deal with that.

    If lab meat is a muscle like mass to mimic steak...I don't know if America is ready for that ...even 20-30 years from now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    Turkey bacon is not bacon. Lab meat will not be meat. They say that veggie burgers are getting very close to the taste and feel of real hamburger.

    If lab meat is like hamburger, then I can deal with that.

    If lab meat is a muscle like mass to mimic steak...I don't know if America is ready for that ...even 20-30 years from now.

    If synthetic meat does catch on, we'll have to come up with new lyrics for Old MacDonald, since cows, chickens, pigs and lambs would quickly become extinct were they not raised for their meat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    If synthetic meat does catch on, we'll have to come up with new lyrics for Old MacDonald, since cows, chickens, pigs and lambs would quickly become extinct were they not raised for their meat.
    I'm guessing that chickens would still be raised for their eggs. Unless we also developed the technology for mass producing synthetic eggs, which I suppose is entirely possible. We would want to keep some small populations of these domesticated animals around.....just in CASE, you know!

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    I've been following this field for some time now. I'm thinking that fifty years from now, we may have gone through a complete cultural transition on this, and that most people will find it nothing less than savage and barbaric to eat meat that came from a once-living animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    If synthetic meat does catch on, we'll have to come up with new lyrics for Old MacDonald, since cows, chickens, pigs and lambs would quickly become extinct were they not raised for their meat.
    Old McDonald had a farm 0110 1010001 01011010000011011 0010101010100000 10010000000000001101010010101000

    (i'm certain they use at least 1 computer)
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