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Would You Eat Lab-Grown Meat

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The members of my family who are of Dutch descent continue to eat a variety of the traditional foods of our ancestors, but I don’t think that any of them will be first in line to buy the lab-grown meat that scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed.

But I’ve met a lot of folks who will eat anything made of meat—be it a Slim Jim, a nasty hot dog that has been on a gas-station grill for a decade, or pig feet that have been floating in a jar. So maybe they’ll eat this lab-grown meat when it hits the market in the next five years. That would be a good thing for animals, don’t you think? It would also be good for the environment.

If the tissue from one of our pig friends replaces 1 million animals, that means a lot of animals won’t be confined on cruel factory farms, shoved onto crowded transport trucks, and slaughtered in assembly-line fashion. That’s why PETA issued a million-dollar challenge to scientists around the world who are working on developing lab-grown meat.  Right now, the Dutch product, which is still in the early stages of development, has reportedly been likened to soggy pork. I’ll stick to potatoes and sauerkraut, thanks.

I’ll also continue to promote the vegan resources that are offered by PETA, including the yummy recipes at VegCooking.com, in order to help people make the switch to a truly humane diet.

Regardless of whether or not you would eat it, do you think that lab-grown meat will fly with dedicated meat-eaters? Do you think it will be good for the animal rights movement?

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    glennlee says...

    April 5th, 2010, 7:37 pm

    the origins of real meat are kept such a secret that i think the lab meat should not even need to be labeled as lab meat. it should just be right there in the meat department and if it looks the same and is slightly cheaper, i think it would fly off the shelves, and no one would be the wiser.

    Patricia Flynn-Williams says...

    April 9th, 2010, 6:36 pm

    ABSOLUTELY, I would eat lab created meat. I didn’t stop eating meat thirty years ago because I didn’t like it, but because my conscience would not permit it. I currently eat soy “fake” meat but if I knew that no animals were harmed, the lab created meat would be great.

    Crista says...

    April 9th, 2010, 10:51 pm

    I would happily eat lab-grown meat.

    Ms Lois Koch says...

    April 10th, 2010, 4:46 am

    I actually shudder when I read about this so-called meat! Oh, Brother!!!

    tracy says...

    April 11th, 2010, 5:03 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this to happen for years, great idea!!!!

    Dawn Spencer says...

    April 15th, 2010, 4:22 pm

    I’m a moral vegan and can not even conceive of eating meat but my animals, sadly are not. I can’t wait until the product is available for them!

    Carol Lenahan says...

    August 16th, 2010, 5:16 pm

    As a relatively new vegetarian (2 years), I still do definitely very much miss the taste of meat/poultry; however, morally I just can’t do it anymore. If this lab-created product succeeds with a successful imitation of taste and texture, I would absolutely buy it and would encourage all of my carnivore friends/relatives to try it as well! I’m very excited at the prospect.

    Annette says...

    August 18th, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Eat something that tastes flesh-like? Absolutely not. It would be repulsive to me. I currently enjoy so many fabulous non-flesh foods and have a young, fit body (at 49) and light heart to show for it. Sorry, a body processing meat does not smell as clean as one digesting plant foods. As for my pets, vegan food is widely available on the web…add some brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc. and your furry family will also live better. Traditional foods of our ancestors? Why must we keep repeating actions from 200 years ago in the name of TRADITION? We can evolve because we have the means to do so.

    nancy says...

    December 23rd, 2010, 7:46 pm

    I’m all for anything that helps animals but I try not to eat anything that comes from a lab and that includes synthetic vitamins. However, this could be good for meat eaters because many have no idea what things are in their meat other than “meat.” It could be good for them and it’s definitely great for animals.

    nancy says...

    December 23rd, 2010, 7:47 pm

    I’m a vegan btw and I enjoy the foods I currently eat. I don’t feel deprived at all. The culinary world is much larger than meat and dairy products.

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