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Lab-grown meat offers solution for reluctant vegetarians, study shows
The Telegraph ^ | 6/21/11 | John Bingham

Posted on 06/21/2011 2:26:22 AM PDT by markomalley

Meat grown artificially in a laboratory could offer a viable solution for environmentalists who want to cut their carbon footprint but cannot face going vegetarian, research suggests.

An Oxford-led study found that cultured tissue could reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from food production by as much as 96 per cent.

The process would use up to 45 per cent less energy than conventional meat, only one per cent of the land and a tiny fraction of the water required, according to a study to be published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the airline industry and the world’s cars combined – and takes up almost a third of land outside of icebound areas.

With hundreds of millions more people in countries such as China now able to afford meat as part of their daily diet, the world’s resources have come under increasing pressure.

Meat production is being blamed for much of the deforestation in areas such as the Amazon rainforest, water shortages and increasing competition for land.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: fauxmeat; food; globalwarminghoax; meat; vegetarians

1 posted on 06/21/2011 2:26:27 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: steelyourfaith

(son of) Soylent Green ping!


2 posted on 06/21/2011 2:27:10 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

This idea is so stupid that it has to be subsidized by the government.


3 posted on 06/21/2011 2:29:19 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: markomalley

If it looks good, smells good, tastes good, is clean and healthy to eat, and is priced right, I’d buy it.


4 posted on 06/21/2011 2:44:25 AM PDT by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: pnh102
This idea is so stupid that it has to be subsidized by the government.

I dunno...

I could imagine an ADM type outfit doing this and then, after finishing their R&D and securing a patent, getting their lobbyists to push for a ban on the natural stuff.

5 posted on 06/21/2011 2:46:13 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

This would revolutionize fast food in the largest democracy in the world. Hindus do not eat beef because they believe the cow to be a representation of the mother figure, since cows provide milk and other sustenance. If beef could be grown without involving the slaughter of cows, so far as I can tell, it could be consumed without problem. Currently, McDonalds sells an incredibly limited menu here, consisting mostly of the various chicken sandwiches. I could see them providing subsidies to this, as an investment.


6 posted on 06/21/2011 2:48:12 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: pnh102

Maybe the way they’re pushing it, but vat-grown beef and the like would be ideal for long-duration submarine and space exploration.


7 posted on 06/21/2011 2:50:40 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: markomalley
I've heard of worse ideas.
8 posted on 06/21/2011 2:58:39 AM PDT by South40 (Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
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To: South40

I wondered how long it would take for someone to post that link.


9 posted on 06/21/2011 3:11:49 AM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: markomalley

Modern research into in vitro meat arose out of experiments conducted by NASA, attempting to find improved forms of long-term food for astronauts in space. The technique was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995, and NASA has been conducting experiments since 2001, producing in vitro meat from turkey cells. The first edible form was produced by the NSR/Touro Applied BioScience Research Consortium in 2000: goldfish cells grown to resemble fish fillets.

The first peer-reviewed journal article published on the subject of laboratory-grown meat appeared in a 2005 issue of Tissue Engineering. Of course, the basic concept dates back further. Winston Churchill said in the 1930s, “Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

Time Magazine declared in vitro meat production to be one of the 50 breakthrough ideas of 2009. In November 2009, scientists from the Netherlands announced they had managed to grow meat in the laboratory using the cells from a live pig.


10 posted on 06/21/2011 3:15:41 AM PDT by tlb
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To: markomalley

In effect, a lab grown tumor keep growing forever. You might really have a tumor!


11 posted on 06/21/2011 3:31:41 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: markomalley

It looks as if Pohl’s/Kornbluth’s “Chicken Little” from “The Space Merchants” could become a reality. Proves that satire can’t be too satirical.


12 posted on 06/21/2011 3:59:58 AM PDT by Ohio Hermit (DX Is!)
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To: markomalley
“Simply put, cultured meat is, potentially, a much more efficient and environmentally friendly way of putting meat on the table.”

Off the record, Hanna Tuomisto went on to add:

"Of course this is for the masses. There's no way we beautiful people are eating this nasty sh*t."

13 posted on 06/21/2011 4:08:13 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: markomalley

The same radicals who go ballistic over “genetically altered food” are probably supporting this nonsense.


14 posted on 06/21/2011 4:10:40 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: markomalley

I can see the labels now: “It’s the NEW Soylent Brown. All organic, all natural. Meat—the way nature SHOULD have made it!”


15 posted on 06/21/2011 4:11:10 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: markomalley; Nipfan; carolinablonde; marvlus; DollyCali; Bockscar; Thunder90; ...
"Meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than the airline industry and the world’s cars combined – and takes up almost a third of land outside of icebound areas."

That would be (presumably) 18% of the 3.4 % of the anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere, which itself is only 3.62% of all greenhouse gases. All greenhouse gases together comprise 2% of the total atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are only one of a great multitude of factors that manifest in the constant change of climate that has been the history of the planet, along with eccentricities of the earth orbit, variation in solar output, etc., etc.

Thanx for the ping markomalley !

 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

16 posted on 06/21/2011 4:27:18 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: markomalley

Liberals created the need.
Liberals invented this crapburger.
Liberals can eat it themselves and save actual meet for the rest of us.


17 posted on 06/21/2011 4:36:19 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (In 2012 get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: steelyourfaith
Hmmmm .... now that I've had my first cup of coffee I see that though the article's subtitle addresses "...environmentalists who want to cut their carbon footprint ..." the 18% presumably is not limited to CO2. Could also be including methane which is 20 times more potent in its capacity to trap heat than CO2.
18 posted on 06/21/2011 4:56:22 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: markomalley

Only an idiot thinks they’re smart enough to try to fool mother nature.


19 posted on 06/21/2011 4:59:18 AM PDT by hfr (Life imitates art, or does art reflect life? Why is modern literature absurdist?)
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To: markomalley

Mmmmmmmmmm, lab meat.


20 posted on 06/21/2011 4:59:59 AM PDT by RetSignman ("It's about saving our Republic, STUPID")
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To: steelyourfaith

This would be a good test to see how many vegetarians actually care about “animal rights” vs how many are actually self-righteous, self-flagellating narcissists.


21 posted on 06/21/2011 5:02:09 AM PDT by rusty millet
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To: Ohio Hermit
And when they did eat meat, they picked out a tube of vatted meat product, made from cultivated tissue that never required the butchering of an animal, or even the participation of any sort of animal outside of the purely mythical. The best selling vetted meat product on the market was something called Kingston's Bison Boar™, some godforsaken agglomeration of bovine and pig genes stretched across a cartilaginous scaffolding and immersed in a nutrient broth until it grew into something that was meatlike without being meaty, paler than veal, lean as a lizard and so animal friendly that even strict vegetarians didn't mind tucking in a Bison Boar Burger™ or two when the mood struck them. Kingston's corporate mascot was a pig with a bison shag and horns, frying up burgers on a hibachi, winking at the customer in third-quarter profile, licking its lips in anticipation of devouring its own fictional flesh. The thing was damned creepy.

(John Scalzi - "The Android's Dream"


22 posted on 06/21/2011 5:05:23 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: markomalley

Somehow I have a real problem thinking about inviting friends over to B-B-Q some “meat product” rather than a juicy rib-eye steak.

I can just see it now: The menu will be a meat product with vegetable matter for the main course. For desert we will have flavored tofu covered in a chocolate product.

THAT SIMPLY AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN FOLKS...at least not at my house.


23 posted on 06/21/2011 5:41:38 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: markomalley

*Ding!* *Ding!* *Ding!*

We have a winner.

You, sir, understand exactly how our modern crony capitalism works.

I’m not adverse to such a product, done right. But what you posit is exactly the sort of thing that kills free markets.


24 posted on 06/21/2011 5:55:13 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: markomalley

” Another Frankenburger, dear? “


25 posted on 06/21/2011 6:14:24 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: markomalley; vox_freedom; glock rocks; SouthTexas

Mmmmmmm...Bacon...Bacon... whose got the bacon


26 posted on 06/21/2011 6:29:32 AM PDT by tubebender
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27 posted on 06/21/2011 6:59:39 AM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: Monitor

***If it looks good, smells good, tastes good, is clean and healthy to eat, and is priced right, I’d buy it.****

Artificial steak is not a new idea. 40 years it was made from large fungi grown on....get this...sawdust soaked in...Beef Blood!. It tasted just like steak but the texture was mushroom. So kill a cow to get artificial steak.


28 posted on 06/21/2011 8:12:14 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS!)
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