Saturday, July 09, 2005

Vegan (But Not Vegetarian) Meat Products

God I love the future, mostly because it's now. Wouldn't it be great if we could enjoy meat and meat by-products without brutally torturing animals? I mean, meat is the best source of protein out there, and yet "farming" it causes a great deal of environmental degradation and is inhumanely cruel. So, in spite of the best efforts of the worlds churches and backwater governments to stop scientists from doing anything of value, News.com.au reports that:

Writing in the journal Tissue Engineering, Matheny said scientists could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or fish in large flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and stacked to increase thickness and resemble meat.

This "meat" (it would lack a lot of the characteristics of meat, and the texture would probably be way off, but that's tweakable) could eventually be produced far more efficiently and humanely than the current process, which involves being mean to cows and tuna! Plus, this gives us the chance to do a guilt-free and delicious version of the one meat everyone's always wanted to eat, but never had the chance.

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Blogger Karen said...

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10:13 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Delicious!

Hmm, is this really necessary when we already have such a highly delectable creation as tofurkey? We can do so much with tofu as is, people (I hear tofu pants are in production as we speak). The future is now and it is tofu.

This “meat” sounds almost as good as beer without alcohol, coffee without caffeine, or war with no casualties.

Maybe now the lambs will stop crying.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Tangella said...

Nature. There's that...I'm an animal lover and not down with cruel farming techniques but sorry something would eat us if it could.
And what about all the poor plants that are being eaten?
A friend always says that If aliens came to the Earth and said, "Take me to your leader," he'd bring them to a tree, which he sees as the most highly evolved being on the planet:
What do they need? Sunlight, soil and water. They stand on the Earth with their branches stretched out skyward...they're totally connected.
Some vegans can inspire me to eat a balogna sandwich piled high, when I'm not even fond of bologna.

9:06 AM  

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