“Test tube hamburgers to be served this year.”
While it sounds like something out of The Jetsons, that recent headline from Britain’s The Telegraph is enough to make me shudder. And I hope all of you feel the same about the article’s alarming news that scientists are creating artificial meat in a laboratory.
The article quotes Professor Mark Post of the Netherlands’ Maastricht University as saying, “In October we are going to provide a proof of concept showing out of stem cells we can make a product that looks, feels, and hopefully [Author’s Note: the emphasis is mine] tastes like meat.”
The article goes on to state:
Although it is possible to extract a limited number of stem cells from cows without killing them, Prof Post said the most efficient way of taking the process forward would still involve slaughter.
He said: “Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells from [sic] there.”
Each animal would be able to produce about a million times more meat through the lab-based technique than through the traditional method of butchery, he added.
While I understand the continued overpopulation of the earth is creating a demand for meat that, the article says is “…forecast to double within the next 40 years,” I will never be able to fathom even trying meat that hopefully tastes like the real thing. I think I’ll stick with feeding myself from Mother Nature, eating hunter-killed meat, which not only tastes good and is good for you, but also brings back good memories of where I was when I pulled the trigger.
That’s something some scientist in a lab will never be able to replicate.