Scientists in Holland have grown meat in the laboratory for the first time. They used cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish.  Pork in a petri dish, yum, yum.  Of course the scientist have not yet actually eaten any of their lab grown product.

Would you eat meat grown in a petri dish?

As long as it’s served with a good sauce I’ll eat pretty much anything.

Do you think growing food in a test tube is a good idea?

Since most of the food we now eat, be it animal or vegetable, has been dramatically modified from what exist in the wild, I see Lab grown food as just another farming technique.

From an article in the UK Times Online,

“They initially extracted cells from the muscle of a live pig. Called myoblasts, these cells are programmed to grow into muscle and repair damage in animals.

The cells were then incubated in a solution containing nutrients to encourage them to multiply indefinitely. This nutritious “broth” is derived from the blood products of animal foetuses, although the intention is to come up with a synthetic solution.”

“Global meat and dairy product consumption is expected to double by 2050, according to the United Nations. This could have an unprecedented impact on climate change because the warming effect on the atmosphere of methane, a digestive by-product from farm animals, is 23 times greater than that of carbon dioxide. The UN has attributed 18% of the world’s greenhouse gases to livestock.”

The Vegetarian Society reacted cautiously yesterday, saying: “The big question is how could you guarantee you were eating artificial flesh rather than flesh from an animal that had been slaughtered. It would be very difficult to label and identify in a way that people would trust.” Peta, the animal rights group, said: “As far as we’re concerned, if meat is no longer a piece of a dead animal there’s no ethical objection.”