What do you think about meat that was not ever a living animal being on your dinner plate?
I’m not talking about textured soy protein here, but honest to goodness “test tube” meat, chemically identical to the meat we buy in the supermarket today.
Would you eat it? What do you think about it? Is it ethical? Is it some mad scientist project? Is it going to lead our society down the path of some evil fate?
I’ll admit, I think it is kind of creepy in one way, and yet in another, is it really as creepy as our meat being sourced from formerly living animals that spent their short lives in some pretty unpleasant conditions? Wouldn’t it be better if we didn’t have to slaughter all of those cattle and pigs and chickens and ducks and turkeys each year, instead just harvesting the boneless meat we pay so much for in the store?
We’ve sanitized, certified, inspected, and stamped our food into something that our ancestors wouldn’t recognize already. It’s virtually illegal to even attempt to acquire raw milk for any reason already. Herbal supplements are difficult to acquire. There are rumors that our home gardens are next on the FDA hit list. Imported foods and products made using imported ingredients have been repeatedly recalled due to contamination. Genetically modified organisms have invaded our supermarket, and they are not even required to label this Frankenfood, instead making it illegal to label food as being “GMO Free”, instead leaving the consumer lost as to what is really safe to buy and eat.
Many people are already feeling as though the only safe food is the food that they grow (or their circle of friends and family) themselves.
Lab grown meat is regarded by many people as one more step down the road to a completely artificial existence, where nothing natural is consumed. It is this path that many people fear will ultimately result in disaster for the entire world, as a single problem with the food sourcing system would create an immediate famine, whereas in the older, more traditional and diverse agricultural world, different strains of everything from livestock to wheat meant that there was incredible diversity in its ability to cope with threats such as disease or pests. Would these natural checks on the system be removed if we leave behind that genetic diversity for factory-like production of the world’s food?
I haven’t made up my mind exactly how I feel about the artificially grown meat. While I’m not crazy about slaughter either, it has always been an accepted part of the circle of life. If you ate meat, you needed to know where it came from and how it went from living and breathing to merely meat. Maybe that’s the “country” part of me, but at the same time, I am inclined to support the idea of a more natural, unrefined diet and food cooked using that mysterious thing we call “fire.” I think it is more natural, healthier, and far safer than anything we’ve come up with in the last couple of centuries too.
Oh granted, I love modern conveniences like freezers and refrigerators. I love being able to open a can of cherries in April and enjoy their sweet flavor. I like making blueberry pancakes on a cold morning in January too. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should all suddenly get up and go live in a cave ala 25,000 years ago…but I’m not sure about this movement towards food that is increasingly laboratory dependent and further from nature.
I don’t know. What do you think?