Friday, April 25, 2008

Test tube meat?

A story on NPR's Science Friday got me thinking. If you're vegan or vegetarian, would you eat test tube meat? Did you know PETA has offered a million-dollar prize to the first scientist to come up with (and market, by 2012) in vitro meat?

According to this article from Wired, the "tissue engineering" technology already exists, but "once the meat is made, consumer acceptance is far from assured. What cultured meat will taste like is up in the air. Some scientists think it could be used to create novel foods that won't be quite meat, but won't quite be anything else either."

I don't know enough yet to have a solid take on this concept, but it seems that at the very least, mass-marketed test tube meat could seriously lessen the environmental impact of conventional meat production.


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