From Test Tube to Dinner Table
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  • SteveMG

    “Waiter, there’s a Bunsen burner in my soup.”

    Okay, I’m no Jon Stewart but it’s a start.

  • LarryD

    I can see the greens latching onto this as conspicuous consumption, weather it actually makes sense environmentally or not.

    Just like organic food, and renewable energy. If it were cheap, then the plebeians could afford it, and then were would they be?

  • Kohl Haas

    Soylent Green – the meal of the future.

  • dearieme

    Oh goodie, a chance to double the world population again and again and again.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I’m going to hold out for Magic Unicorn with Bacon, it’s what’s for dinner.

  • Brett

    Count me in the group of people who would love to be able to buy and eat these, if they were affordable.

    I wonder if this could be a big product in India, where actually slaughtering cows for beef is religiously prohibited. Now you can offer them the beef without the cows!

  • Jbird

    the idea of lab made “meat” turns my stomach

  • As regular readers of Via Meadia may recall I am utterly opposed to faux meat. I grew up with cows (and Gopis too) and am still a cowboy at heart. I think back to the great buffalo herds of the early 19th century and the frolicking Wildebeests that thunder across the Velt to this day without a care for green eyebrows being raised against their prodigious methane production.

  • Some Sock Puppet

    I really hope this pans out. Replace cheap sugar calories with protein and make it affordable for the poor and we could see a surge in healthy people.

    Use the corn syrup for Xantham gum and all the other uses it has, just don’t consume it.

  • Eric J.

    I think a subset of Greens will disapprove, because for them Vegetarianism is about aesthetics and having a platform to demonstrate their moral superiority.

    And I think the questions of Kashrut will be fascinating. If something is genetically pork, but was never part of a pig, is it kosher?

    In fact, I think there may be grounds to declare lab-grown meat to be parve (neither meat nor milk.) Which means kosher cheeseburgers may be the wave of the future!

  • Jeff77450

    I never saw George Jetson eat lab-grown meat. Where are the jet-packs and flying-cars that we were “promised??” First things first!! 🙂

  • gavin

    yet again i must take issue with this complete misunderstanding of animal agriculture.in the simple form of chicken you take $1 of feed and make it into a roaster which sells for $5,in 8 weeks.who cares how efficient the krebs cycle is,you have affordable protien on the table.

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