posted on Jul, 10 2005 @ 01:23 PM
Scientists are now proposing a way to grow artificial meat as a substitute for raising piltry and cattle on farms. Farms are high-polluting
environments, plus there's the ethical question of the treatment of those animals (PETA) that are raised for food. Also, artificially produced meat
would allow the nutrients to be altered, with harmful parts removed and more healthy parts substituted.
Writing in the journal Tissue Engineering, Matheny said scientists could grow cells from the muscle tissue of cattle, pigs, poultry or fish in large
flat sheets on thin membranes. These sheets of cells would be grown and stretched, then removed from the membranes and stacked to increase thickness
and resemble meat.
Using another method, scientists could grow muscle cells on small three-dimensional beads that stretch with small changes in temperature. The
resulting tissue could be used to make processed meat such as chicken nuggets or hamburgers.
“There would be a lot of benefits from cultured meat,” Matheny said in a statement. “For one thing, you could control the nutrients.”
All that said, would this be a way of still being able to eat meat and not have organizations such a PETA constantly trying to make us feel guilty for
eating it? The thought of eating artificial meat might take some getting used to, but it would be much preferrable to earth's huge population having
to resort to something like "soylent green".
[edit on 7/10/2005 by centurion1211]