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Would You Eat Lab-Grown Beef?


What do you think about beef grown in a lab?

Test-tube burgers are hitting the news again, and if the idea of eating synthetic beef makes your skin crawl, keep reading.

According to Fox News, “A researcher from the Netherlands says he expects to grow the first-ever hamburger in a lab by this fall. The beef will made from bovine stem cells grown in a petri dish. Mark Post, the study leader, says the ultimate goal is to mass-produce the lab meat in order to cut back on cattle farming.”

What’s wrong with cattle ranching? Not only does it provide nutritious, safe, natural animal proteins for human consumption, but it also provides countless valuable by-products that enrich our everyday lives. And, I echo the sentiments of Fox News columnist and physician, Manny Alvarez, “There is nothing natural about growing meat in the laboratory for human consumption.”

Whether you agree or disagree, my personal belief is that foods closest to the farm or ranch provide the best nutrition. I believe in feeding the world wholesome, healthy foods, and test-tube beef isn’t the answer. In fact, it may just be another activist tactic to phase out cattle ranching.

On the morning news yesterday, the local anchorman described the test-tube beef as long, white, stringy tissues. The next step for the scientist is to create test-tube fat and mold the two components together. Yum...

Here is a link to an earlier story in BEEF on test-tube meat.

What do you think? Would you eat a test-tube burger?

To read the complete article, click here.

Discuss this Blog Entry 18

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012
on Feb 23, 2012

Actually the only crowd this is going to appeal to is vegetarians and mindless HSUS supporters. Let them choke on it.

It could help convert some vegetarians. Once they realize the qualirty is subpar they'll want the real thing.

Mark Mulhall (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012

No, never; I wouldn't touch the stuff. I pass on marinated chicken, pork and also soaked beef. Right this minute folks are buying junk bovines, working magic with solutions and selling the product at a ridiculous markup price.

"Greed is good." (misrepresentation is too.)

BaconfromapignamedSteve (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012
Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012

Get real! I can't someone actually putting such garbage in our mouth!

Ray Melander (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012

Test tube meat! Reminds me of a newspaper ad thay was running around this past year. The ad questioned why people were hunting and killing animals for meat, instead you should just buy meat at the store where no animals are harmed

Terry Church (not verified)
on Feb 23, 2012

I agree that wholesome, healthy foods are not going to come from a test tube or petri dish. I know that our US and State Agriculture Departments and Extention Service are always doing research, but they're not trying to feed us from a petri dish. Their research is to help farmers and ranchers improve their yields and methods of farming. Anyone who would try to eat this " stuff " thats going to be coming out of the Netherlands is asking for some kind of health problem. I personally only want farm or ranch grown produce and meats. Do you know what your eating? Know what your eating, buy and enjoy US Agricultural products. Support Your local Farmers and Ranchers!

Tom Smith (not verified)
on Feb 24, 2012

I am almost a total carnivore and feel a major responsibility for the fact that Oklahoma ranks dead last in vegetable consumption. Nonetheless, I would consider trying it ONE TIME, just to make an objective comparison so I could tell others how bad it is. But if I got to the trial and didn't like the smell or texture, I would have trouble getting it into my mouth.

Elsie (not verified)
on Feb 24, 2012

Definitely would not eat test tube meat.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 25, 2012

support the farmers and ranchers Today Before we lose them.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 29, 2012

Well, science is at it again... and leads to a lot of questions... how would one harvest bovine stem cells? syringe? placenta? dead critter?. talk about a origin issue and a "what chems did you have to distill out of that stuff? food safety? yeah i dont think i would touch the stuff... yikes!!! im gonna stick with the real thing.

bruce (not verified)
on Feb 29, 2012

with $330,00 already spent on the project and additional research and funding to be done I believe that there will be a very elaborate marketing program put in place and this product will be very competive for the dollars spent on human protein. If we could use only half of the mismanaged money from the beef check off we could really do some very competive advertising and hold this at bay.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 29, 2012

I "might" be able to try the test-tube meat, but I like milk too. Just how do you milk a test tube?

on Mar 1, 2012

what we are forgetting in this discussion is that there are a lot of people who do not realize meat comes from a cow...They already think they are eating "factory made" meat...

Ryan (not verified)
on Jan 14, 2013

Consumers will accept this when corresponding advances in cultured human organs using the same technology come about. The wave of the future is using 3D printing technology adapted to spray single cell layers of tissue in pre-programmed patterns to create whole replicas of living tissues. This is the technology that was used by American armed forces researchers to create an experimental device capable of printing human skin directly onto a burn wound. This is the technology researchers have used to "print" knee cartilage and even heart valves in an experimental setting.

Bioprinting will be a revolution in modern medicine as profound as discoveries like vaccination and penicillin. Replacement organs on demand, cultured from tissues taken from your own body, with zero risk of the transplant rejecting. People will recognize this technology for the medical miracle it truly is, and once you have a generation of aging baby boomers using this advancement in regenerative medicine to extend their lifespan, it will most likely eliminate the "ick factor" associated with eating cultured non-human tissue. Do you think someone whose life was saved by a cultured human kidney will be grossed out by eating steak created in bioprinting laboratory?

on Dec 23, 2013

Lab-grown beef, I am not surprised. With the growing shortage of meat and commodities, I am not surprised that we are looking towards this direction. There are also studies that look into proper storage of this lab grown meat, as this require special storage solutions.

on Jan 22, 2014

I don’t think that I would be a strong advocate for lab-grown meat. Anything artificial will always have a side effect, and in the long run people who consume this in excess will have some imbalance in their systems. I know that there is a decline in beef storage due to over demand and under supply, yet this does not call for something artificial to be made.

on Mar 17, 2014

These days who is to say what is good for us and what is not? If one say real beef is better but there is the matter of the animal pumped full of antibiotics before it is slaughtered and not to mention the environmentally devastating methods of cattle farming. Even after that there is the carbon footprint of transporting the packed meat while the industry is still struggling to find ideal storage solutions. To be able to grow food in a petri dish is a feat rather than not.

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