Saturday, August 13, 2005


Scientists reckon they've worked out how to grow meat in laboratory conditions on an industrial scale:
"With a single cell, you could theoretically produce the world's annual meat supply," said Jason Matheny, an agricultural scientist at the University of Maryland.

According to researchers, meat grown in laboratories would be more environmentally friendly and could be tailored to be healthier than farm-reared meat by controlling its nutrient content and screening it for food-borne diseases.

Vegetarians might also be tempted because the cells needed to grow chunks of meat can be taken without harming the donor animal.

Experiments for Nasa, the US space agency, have already shown that morsels of edible fish can be grown in petri dishes, though no one has yet eaten the food.

Mr Matheny and his colleagues have taken the prospect of "cultured meat" a step further by working out how to produce it on an industrial scale. They envisage muscle cells growing on huge sheets that would be regularly stretched to exercise the cells as they grow. Once enough cells had grown, they would be scraped off and shaped into processed meat products such as chicken nuggets.

"If you didn't stretch them, you would be eating mush," said Mr Matheny.
Hey, why not grow some human muscle mush, you know, for the German cannibal market? Nah, it wouldn't be the same without the thrill of the kill.


Anonymous The_Real_JeffS said...

Well, look at the bright of things, JF. If we start eating vat grown meat (what one science fiction author called "carniculture"), PETA will have that much less to protest over.

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