15 Nov '11, 1pm

Synthetic Meat is A Ridiculous Delusion Offering No Environmental Benefit

Synthetic Meat is A Ridiculous Delusion Offering No Environmental Benefit

Ivalue /CC BY 2.0 A nice fake meat dish...yummm. Here we go. Yet another Guy In White Lab Coat is reported to be working on a way to make synthetic meat. In this latest example, as with all the others I've read about, he's starting with little glass petri dishes of the sort freshman microbiology students use in lab. According to this Reuters coverage the culture media is a broth of " sugars, amino acids, lipids, minerals and all other nutrients they need to grow in the right way." I wonder if fake meat researchers and their financial backers have considered where amino acid feed stocks would come should the manufacturing process be scaled up to feed the world? Such amino acids could be extracted from plants (as opposed to feeding plants directly to livestock) or synthesized from fossil fuel inputs with catalysts and distillation towers and carbon purifying filters. Or --th...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/synthetic-meat-ridic...

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