I am a confessed and unabashed meat-eater. However, I do go to great lengths to ensure that the animal products I consume are not from battery farms, and I appreciate that the meat industry takes a heavy toll on the environment. This video puts forth a very interesting proposition as to how to confront these issues going forward, with science, of course.
It may be a little hyperbolic for the sake of comedy, but the gist of the video does provide some interesting (ahem) food for thought.
I’m sorry to break it to you vegans of the world, but it is simply not feasible to expect the entire globe to go vegan and organic. It is not going to happen. It’s time to think outside the box a little bit, and if this technology becomes solid and affordable, by dang I think we’ve got it.
Many meat-eaters, on the other hand, will see this and moan that lab-grown meat could not possibly taste as good as the “real thing”. However, I will counter that the vast majority of meat produced at the moment is, by no stretch of the imagination, high quality meat. Even if we were to take the lab-grown stuff to make all of the burgers, the sausages, the chicken nuggets and the supermarket-grade cuts, that would still be an enormous relief on our environment, and we can still keep the occasional Kobe beef, Chianina or milk and honey fed chicken farm out there.
If this takes off, I’m all for it. What do you think?