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1 CuriousLurker  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 12:15:30pm

CL <— Should definitely be considered a Luddite when it comes to meat grown in a lab. *grabs throat, falls to ground rolling around & gagging*

I get that it will help feed the hungry, but…I guess I’m fortunate never to have been THAT hungry and can afford the luxury of being totally grossed out by it.

2 jaunte  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 12:16:29pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

It does make having a salad sound good.

3 jonhendry  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 1:19:26pm

I suspect people would decide the lab-grown meat is less icky if they had to watch their meat-providing animal crapping in the pen and later being slaughtered.

4 Political Atheist  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 1:33:26pm

re: #3 jonhendry

When real meat is $45.99 a pound and this stuff is $4.99 a pound then it’s on.

5 Bubblehead II  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:20:11pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

CL <— Should definitely be considered a Luddite when it comes to meat grown in a lab. *grabs throat, falls to ground rolling around & gagging*

I get that it will help feed the hungry, but…I guess I’m fortunate never to have been THAT hungry and can afford the luxury of being totally grossed out by it.

Food is food. Can I interest you in some grilled Rattlesnake?

6 GeneJockey  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:32:27pm

“Post has said he spent $325,000 developing the burger, made using engineered muscle stem cells grown in a broth made from a calf blood product.”

So, they grow it in medium with Fetal Bovine Serum? And they think this will interest vegetarians? Not to mention FBS runs about $100/liter, so I’m thinking it’s not time yet to declare it any solution for the hungry.

7 blueraven  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:33:56pm

re: #5 Bubblehead II

Food is food. Can I interest you in some grilled Rattlesnake?

Fine, but that rattlesnake was not man made in a lab so I don’t think it is comparable.

8 Bubblehead II  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:54:32pm

re: #6 GeneJockey

“Post has said he spent $325,000 developing the burger, made using engineered muscle stem cells grown in a broth made from a calf blood product.”

So, they grow it in medium with Fetal Bovine Serum? And they think this will interest vegetarians? Not to mention FBS runs about $100/liter, so I’m thinking it’s not time yet to declare it any solution for the hungry.

At this time, obviously not. But the tech is now here and has been proven. Will it be improved on until it is actually economically viable? Maybe, Maybe not. As C.L. pointed out, there is a gag reflex to meat made in a lab/factory. Guess we can always rely on CHON.

9 Bubblehead II  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:56:16pm

re: #7 blueraven

Fine, but that rattlesnake was not man made in a lab so I don’t think it is comparable.

Point being made was food is food. Regardless of wether it was made in a Lab or raised on a ranch or caught in the wild.

10 Political Atheist  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:37:36pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

How long will it be before the makers of the product apply for halal and kosher certification? I think some very old rules are going to give someone a headache figuring out what this stuff really even is.

11 Interesting Times  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:56:25pm

re: #9 Bubblehead II

Point being made was food is food. Regardless of wether it was made in a Lab or raised on a ranch or caught in the wild.

Agree. The industrial meat industry causes horrendous damage to the environment and is completely unsustainable. Once this tech becomes commercially viable and affordable, I’m all for seeing it replace the system we have now.

(and really, how much more “disgusting” can it be than what already goes on in industrial agriculture and the making of processed food? Plus, it would be the height of hypocrisy if the types who complain about hormone use, antibiotics, cruelty, etc turned their nose up at this solution)

12 Bubblehead II  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 3:58:49pm

re: #10 Political Atheist

How long will it be before the makers of the product apply for halal and kosher certification? I think some very old rules are going to give someone a headache figuring out what this stuff really even is.

Addressed in the article.

If the material was harvested after the Halal/Kosher slaughter all is good.

Lab-grown beef would be considered kosher, according to Rabbi Joshua Strulowitz of the West Side Institutional Synagogue in New York, but only if it was made using tissue from a ritually slaughtered kosher animal.

13 CuriousLurker  Thu, Aug 22, 2013 5:39:03pm

re: #5 Bubblehead II

Food is food. Can I interest you in some grilled Rattlesnake?

Noooooooooooooo….

re: #10 Political Atheist

How long will it be before the makers of the product apply for halal and kosher certification? I think some very old rules are going to give someone a headache figuring out what this stuff really even is.

I noticed that the article addressed kosher, but not halal. They’re very similar, but not exactly the same, so I have no idea if it would be considered halal.


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