Would you eat artificial meat?

Would you eat meat that is made in a laboratory?

Would you eat meat that is made in a laboratory?

This is the question posed recently by the Canadian newspaper National Post and which, with a little delay, also rebounds in many other countries.

In essence, some researchers have taken up the studies of Vladimir Mironov, who ten years ago had proposed to an American company to invest in artificial meat, claiming that it could have been produced safely in less than ten years. Everyone thought that Mironov was joking.

Instead he was very serious, and he still is today when he says:

“We can have food that makes you happy, reduces your appetite, and tastes fantastic. Because we can decide the taste.”

Mironov’s research has been carried out regularly and now a real artificial meat has been synthesized, even if the doctor had a few problems and was expelled from the University of South Carolina, for an alleged unacceptable behavior towards a colleague.

So he continued his studies in Brazil. At the same time, others have also worked on the issue. For example, Mark Post, a researcher from Eindhoven, arrived at similar results. In essence, they assure the two, artificial meat can be sold regularly in some grocery stores and cooked just like “real” meat.

But the problem would be one of culture and perception. And marketing, too.

And yet, Mironov is very clear in this: it is a misunderstanding to think that this so called “lab meat” is unnatural or genetically modified (like almost all the foods you eat).

To clarify the meaning of this statement: what is natural? And what is unnatural?

21 thoughts on “Would you eat artificial meat?

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    Eva-Rose Melton says:

    Absolutely not. You can already do it. To produce meat without killing the animals, cells that are able to renew are taken. These cells are supplied with oxygen and nutrition, such as sugars and mineral salts. The cells gradually develop and in a few days the laboratory meat is ready.

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    Macauly Payne says:

    I wonder what it is for? Our survival is due to the fact that we have climbed the food chain and I do not think it will stop now that we are at the top.

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    Kiera Yoder says:

    Do you think it’s a trivial thing? Then imagine a future where the human being will have perhaps colonized the moon or mars and will have installed fixed outposts to extract minerals or who knows what else … well they will also have to eat those engineers and scientists and all the staff who will choose to live in such remote places. Well this would be a good way to make them feel more at home … the taste of local food … but done in their colonial laboratories … it’s not fiction … we are almost there

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    Shivani Conroy says:

    There is also a remote possibility that we would never get out of the Van Allen belt, so no need for homegrown space burgers.

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    Antoni Gilmour says:

    That is entirely a different subject, the discussion today is whether is feasible and what could be the benefits or consequences

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    Kiaan Ellis says:

    Agreed, lets stick to the topic which is already controversial enough. There is no need to evade to broad science fiction trash talk.

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    Chardonnay Odonnell says:

    What you see as trash can be gold for others, so do not give for granted we are all on your side.

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    Skylah Collins says:

    Interesting topic, out of my curiosity I did a little bit of digging and found out that production is focusing on beef, chicken and pork, given that these are the most consumed and with the greatest impact on the environment and health. The goal is that the meat produced in the laboratory arrives in restaurants within 5 years and in supermarkets within the next 10 years, in 2030, but even earlier, if possible we will be talking of “space burgers” (to use the rather amusing name already mentioned in this chat) 🙂

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    Elis Lowry says:

    In short, apparently in the future meat production will no longer be linked to intensive farming, killing and slaughtering of animals.

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    Mcauley Cline says:

    It also allows you to save water and land to grow and reduce pollution, while providing a food very similar to the meat we know for those who do not want to stop eating it.

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    Emeli Ramos says:

    Livestock farming is one of the main causes of global pollution. The meat created in the laboratory could be a solution to this problem

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    Denise Cope says:

    Those lands could be used for different purposes and the families of farmers and peasants could convert their business model in such a way that it reflects the passing of time and the surplus of global progress.

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    Habiba Frye says:

    Go ahead then, we all gonna be space burgers eaters. How long before we create all our food artificially then?

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