From Mystery Meat To Faux Fowl
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  • Kenny

    Just don’t follow BHO’s lead and start in on cats and dogs.

  • Lyle Smith

    This science could also fail, I guess.

  • a nissen

    But will it solve or compound the mystery of Obesity in the U.SD. now that we know that Food Deserts are most likely just blue dreams? And what are the Vegans to do?

    Keep parsing please, this reads like you have taken Adrian Bejan too literally.

  • Jim.

    I remember going to a Freeman Dyson lecture in college where he talked about how a combination of the Internet and genetic engineering would lead to amazing leaps and bounds in agricultural productivity, even in third-world countries. Let’s see if I can find any traces of that on the web, you’d probably like it…

  • a nissen

    Sorry, that should have read “in the U.S.”

  • Jim.

    It wasn’t so hard to find after all.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun,_the_Genome_and_the_Internet

    I didn’t recall the unicorns in the title, a pity about that. The book’s probably a generation or two ahead of its time.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    “The world’s first shamburger, made entirely of vat-grown meat, is going to be costly: something like €250,000 — if the euro is still with us when that first, delectable shamburger comes out of the lab.”

    Unless it can be made profitable, it’s a stupid waste of money. I sure hope the Taxpayer isn’t paying for this PETA boondoggle, seeing as we are already paying for the Alcohol Pirates, Solar Scammers, Wind Wasters, and Global Warming Hoaxters.

  • vanderleun

    “PETA gets it, and is funding experiments to produce lab grown, cruelty-free meat.”

    You will want to assign a student to take a very close look at this one.

  • thibaud

    Makes one’s head spin. One WRM blog entry sneers at the author’s opponents for “chasing unicorns,” and another blog entry touts genetically engineered SPAM.

    Is my calendar wrong? Is today April 1?

    This blog’s love of hack futurism leads its author down some very weird, embarrassing paths.

    If conservatism means anything, surely it means respect for the food chain and an unwillingness to compound the many errors our food industry has made that have caused us to be the most obese people outside of Tonga?

  • thibaud

    Perhaps “governments aren’t helping” because they know that food produced in laboratories stands a non-trivial chance of creating all kinds of unintended side effects such as cancer and [even higher rates of] obesity. Just a thought.

  • bob

    The best single indicator of adverse environmental impact is cost. Cost represents the totality of resources expended on a project. By this measure labl grown meat is an environmental disaster.

  • Oh goody! Now there’s no reason not to hunt every flatulent ruminant, from cattle to bison to elk, completely into extinction. Save the Planet!

  • a nissen

    Great point. Bob. And WRM, you are veering more and more in the direction of an Unscrupulous Optimist. Spending too much time with impressional youth can do that to you, along with its positive aspects.

    At any rate you need to take more care to set a good example and remain a Scrupulous Optimist. The reason, I would venture, that most of us stick around and comment.

    Better to be a Pessimist of any variety than an Unscrupulous Optimist—for the reasons why and a whole lot more see “The Uses of Pessimism,” Roger Scruton, 2010.

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