Discuss: Lab Grown Meat

You’ve undoubtedly seen the news that came out last week about the lab-grown meat that was produced in the Netherlands.  Scientists apparently were able to take cells from a cow, turn them into muscle, and then form a burger patty out of them.  Scientists believe this could mean a sustainable way to produce enough meat to keep up with the growing demand for food and possibly a solution to ending world hunger.

This method of meat production clearly means less animals would have to be killed for human consumption, and could also possibly mean the end to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) where animals are crammed into buildings and treated in an inhumane fashion.  So that’s a definite positive.

My issue with this stems from the fact that the meat that is produced isn’t natural (obviously).  The grown-meat is white in color, and scientists have to add food coloring to make it into the red meat color that we’ve grown to recognize.  I am also a huge believer that food should be as close to nature as possible and unadulterated by anything such as food dyes or additives.  I also have to question if this kind of meat is going to have the same vitamins and nutrients that farm-raised meat would have.

In short, I can’t make up my mind on how I feel about this lab-grown meat.  What do you think?  Would you eat meat that was grown in a lab?

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