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Did Your Food Come From a Farm or a Test-Tube?

June 7, 2011

Genetically Modified fruits and vegetables? Old news. The new food of the future? Test-tube-raised meat. Sound a little bit like a sci-fi movie? South Carolina scientist, Vladimir Mironov, M.D., Ph.D., doesn’t think so.

The claim?

Your hamburger will look, smell and taste just like red meat, yet it didn’t come from a cow. The idea of growing meat in a lab has a certain appeal to people who are becoming increasingly aware of the negative aspects of factory farming. If all meat is eventually grown in a lab, it would end a world of over looked animal abuse.

Mironov tells Reuters that “in-vitro meat” is the answer to an anticipated food shortage, and an end to the extreme carbon emissions that are produced from conventional farming of animals for meat. The test tube meat would reduce the need to farm animals for meat as well as provide a constant food source for the growing human population with out using a large amount of natural resources.

Mironov also says that the meat can be grown to meet specific needs, including weight loss and increased brain activity, or taste preferences. No matter if you like your steak lean or fatty, it can be grown—in a test-tube—to your standards.

The reality?

The meat is 100% unnatural. Why not, instead of fueling our bodies with yet another genetically modified product, switch to a different source of protein?

Sid Lerner, a seasoned Madison Avenue advertising veteran, suggests limiting meat consumption in his campaign, Meatless Monday. When we can get a healthy amount of protein from plant-based foods, Meatless Monday seems like it might be a bit more reasonable than spending billions of dollars to grow artificial meat. 

Or support local farmers and purchase your meat from grass-fed organic farms with ethical practices? There are many alternatives to consuming test-tube meat. Visit The Compassionate Farming Education Initiative for more information.

What do you think about in-vitro meat?