Sunday, August 14, 2005

Yeah, but is it kosher? 

Mick Hartley has the newest in food fun: Lab Meat:

It is the ultimate conundrum for vegetarians who think that meat is murder: a revolution in processed food that will see fresh meat grown from animal cells without a single cow, sheep or pig being killed.

Researchers have published details in a biotechnology journal describing a new technique which they hailed as the answer to the world's food shortage. Lumps of meat would be cultured in laboratory vats rather than carved from livestock reared on a farm.

Scientists have adapted the cutting-edge medical technique of tissue engineering, where individual cells are multiplied into whole tissues, and applied them to food production. '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.
I'm sure this could be really fine meat, but how are they going to make a really good steak? The human palate doesn't judge a lump of cooked tissue solely by the nutrient bath it grew in.

We'll see. What's next? Artificial asparagus?

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