Friday, June 1, 2007

Growing meat in a petri plate

It's no secret that Lisa is a vegetarian, but if I had to make a choice, I'd rather have the methane polluting variety on my plate. Right now I'm almost embarrassed to be vegetarian. In our Brave New World of perfect quotas, it's entirely possible that Advocacy groups will soon recommend that humans be bred in the laboratory.

Reuters:

Dutch researchers are trying to grow pork meat in a laboratory with the goal of feeding millions without the need to raise and slaughter animals.

"We're trying to make meat without having to kill animals," Bernard Roelen, a veterinary science professor at Utrecht University, said in an interview.

Although it is in its early stages, the idea is to replace harvesting meat from livestock with a process that eliminates the need for animal feed, transport, land use and the methane expelled by animals, which all hurt the environment, he said.

"Keeping animals just to eat them is in fact not so good for the environment," said Roelen. "Animals need to grow, and animals produce many things that you do not eat."
It is rumoured that our comrades in Britain are considering a more progressive solution to the problem of waste. HT: SDA.
Secret plans to encourage the nation to give up eating meat are being examined by the Government.

A leaked e-mail expresses sympathy for the environmental benefits of a mass switch to a vegan diet - a strict form of vegetarianism which bans milk, dairy products and fish.

The change would need to be done "gently" because of a "risk of alienating the public", according to the document.

The extreme policy is being examined on the basis it could make a major contribution to slowing climate change.
See also, Low-fat milk, straight from the cow. Saving the planet and fighting obesity, one law at a time.

Hogging some cyberspace by cross-posting at Dust My Broom.

1 Comment:

eng said...

Right now I'm almost embarrassed to be vegetarian.

I'm not. But I don't like most vegetarians, too many are kind of preachy. I especially get annoyed with people who treat it like it is some religion. Some faiths like Hindus are vegetarian, but just being vegetarian is not some cult.

I can see the argument about transportation and processing of animals and the environment, and even the acreage to grow their feed, but the cows themselves? They eat plants and emit CO2, which should be absorbed by the plants again. It should be in balance. It is not the same as burning fossil fuels, taking carbon that was fixed over millions of years, and releasing it over a period of 200 years.