A toast, to the end of veganism and vegetarianism
Although the title can resemble a subtle distaste for the concept of vegan and vegetarian ideologies, I rather applaud the dedication and efforts in
which these two populations put them selves through. The exertion in which is presented quite clearly through their accomplishments of such feats is
outstanding to say the very least.
I am writing this letter to all who reside here on ATS to join me in a respectable toast to the end of these specific lifestyles. Before I state why,
let's clarify on the more popular reasons as to why someone may make a choice to walk down the animal-less consumption path.
In point form, the usual reasons (but not all) are as follows:
~ Health (with the benefits of fruits, vegetables and other non-animal included products in mind)
~ Anti-Animal Cruelty [Ethical Reasons] (against testing on animals, using animal tested products, and consuming or in any other way using animal
based foods and products)
~ To Diminish Ones Ecological Footprint [Environmental Impact] (more on this further down)
~ To Lessen Global Food Shortage
As some of you may already know, for a number of years scientists have been attempting to create lab grown meat. Some of you may also know that they
have been very successful with their attempts.
This artificial meat is grown from myoblasts (special muscle cells which repair damage) incubated in a solution derived from the blood products of
animal fetuses. Sounds gruesome, but scientists hope to eventually switch to a synthetic medium for culturing the cells. Mark Post, the head
investigator for the project at Eindhoven University of Technology, believes that the artificial pork could be ready for use in sausage in as little
as five years.
We’ve had artificial meat in other forms for almost a decade. Scientists at Touro College in New York worked with NASA to develop an artificial fish
fillet for astronauts on long space voyages. In that experiment, fish muscles were coaxed to grow in a solution after being sliced off of goldfish. In
contrast, the new Dutch work is so promising because the pork grown does not require any animal to be injured during production. If ultimately
successful, the Eindhoven technique may lead to a whole range of artificially grown animal products including seafood, chicken, and beef.
What would this mean for Vegans and Vegetarians however? The implications of the introduction of non-animal, grown meats is impeccably massive.
For Health, we will have the ability to extract unnecessary, and potentially harmful hormones, pesticides and other environmental factors such as
mercury and other toxins. Not only that, but we'll have the potential for additives such as additional vitamins and minerals that would render grown
meat a must-have on the dinner plate due to its nutritional benefits.
The ethical arguments will quite obviously become void due to there not being any animals to be consumed, hurt or otherwise stressed and mistreated.
No need for elaborate campaigns and vast spending of precious funds against commodity.
The environment would receive the biggest and best impact considering that livestock is worse than transportation with it's methane releases. Not to
mention the extraordinary amount of land that is required to sustain such a large population of cattle. We also need to take into consideration that
the processing plants, shipping, packaging and everything else in between that is required to keep this meat clean, edible, and readily available to
Lastly, with technology being exponential, the development of lab-grown meats will become increasingly easier and cheaper to make as time goes on.
This means that very shortly the cost of meat will fall - ever quickening at that - to the point that we will essentially be able to abolish world
hunger in this aspect.
My question to the vegans and vegetarians is this. Will you open this new advancement with open arms? And what do you expect will be the result of the
vegan and vegetarian lifestyle when the availability of lab-grown meat becomes ever increasing?
As for the meat eaters here, will this new substance be just as appetizing to you as before? and will you be as open to this new concept as well?
edit on 25/3/12 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)