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Would you eat synthetic meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I ran across this article online today

/www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2011/08/31/would_you_eat_synthetic_meat_.html

and was mildly perturbed, thinking that meat might one day be grown in a lab. I was picturing something similar to how you grow crystals in a jar, only it was bacon. Synthetic meat seems about as far away from paleo as anyone could ever get.

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on September 07, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Sadly, I have to believe that they'd grow "no or low fat" meat. Also, this wouldn't exactly be grass fed, would it?

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Mmmmm.. soul food.

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I think though that the stuff McDonalds tries to pass off as hamburgers may fall into this category.

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:51 PM

I don't know, typing a question on a computer and have other people, thousands of miles away, answer it within minutes seems further from paleo. At least the fake meat is living tissue.

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8ea84667a7f11ac3967f2ecfcad28ad8

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Rob Wolf said it best:

  1. It needs a face.
  2. It needs a soul.
  3. You need to kill it, and bring its essence into your being.
  4. Really.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on September 06, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Mmmmm.. soul food.

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Negative, Ghostrider.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I think though that the stuff McDonalds tries to pass off as hamburgers may fall into this category.

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on September 07, 2011
at 02:02 AM

Look on the bright side - more lab meat means less CAFOs means less land for growing factory farm animals' food. We paleos can take that land, rehabilitate it, and pasture some delicious real animals on it.

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A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on September 06, 2011
at 08:41 PM

I think I'd rather eat Soylent Green.

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on September 06, 2011
at 01:54 AM

It sounds like it will be nutritionally poor. How are you supposed to get the same biochemical composition without having the entire body? Many compounds are produced in the liver and elsewhere. No thank you.

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:49 PM

What makes you think you are not eating a form of synthetic meat right now or have not eaten it in the past?

Many investigations have been done for the illegal labeling of fish and meat glue is a well known and approved trick to take scraps, form them into a normal looking cut and then sell it as if it were higher quality.

Then all those people on the SAD are often buying chunks of wheat and textured vegetable protein with meat flavoring like the "meat" used in some meat balls, pasta sauce, and chicken nuggets (packaged, not McDonald's)

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on September 07, 2011
at 11:49 PM

A much more detailed article today in Mother Jones about the same topic - definitely adds more things to think about. Good points, good arguments, interesting stuff. And yes.. if offered I would try. Schmeat!

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on September 07, 2011
at 12:53 PM

If, and this is a BIG if, it's biochemically identical and structurally similar to off-the-animal meat, I would at least try it.

However, with a little understanding of biology, it becomes obvious that this is a long way off. Meat isn't just muscle cells. It's oriented muscle cells. It's got extracellular matrix and connective tissue. It's got fat. It's vascular. It's been worked.

We can culture muscle cells no problem, but to grow anything similar to, say, a steak, is firmly in the realm of science fiction for some years to come.

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:48 PM

I might eat it if I was stuck underground in a bunker with only vats of meat and no creatures great or small left alive to eat... Maybe.

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on September 07, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I can't imagine it being any worse than what Taco Bell calls "meat"....

Where's the beef? Not in Taco Bell Tacos Apparently

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on September 07, 2011
at 09:26 PM

I would be willing to eat synthetic meat, provided that scientific studies proved it was more nutritious and/or cheaper than real meat. I'm not holding my breath however, as virtually all attempts at man-made food have been epic failures.

Also, from the articles I've read, the motivation for producing synthetic meat is not because proponents think they can produce a better product, it's because they think it will help solve world hunger, defeat global warming, and protect animal rights. So right off the bat I think they're doomed to fail because a product intended to solve imaginary problems is not going survive very long in a free market economy. Though, perhaps it may eventually find a home among the same crowd who buys organic produce.

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on September 07, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Why? And to fill out my character count, um ... no.

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on September 07, 2011
at 02:10 AM

I wouldn't, and I don't think most people would, even if they have no qualms with factory produced meat.

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on September 06, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Of course I would eat it -- if it were clear that it were just like the real thing. Given how much crisco is like butter, redi-whip is like cream, etc, I'm not holding my breath though ...

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on September 06, 2011
at 12:16 AM

Personally, I'm skeptical, but I have several vegetarian friends who are excited to have steak again...

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:41 PM

I don't see it taking off in the market place either

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:36 PM

I would try it, but not hold my breath waiting for a replacement for the real thing.

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