Please Don't Call This Cultured Nugget "Lab Meat"


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Inside the race to make cell-grown meats mainstream.

On August 5, 2013, Chef Richard McGeown was in London, preparing to film a cooking segment on British television. McGeown was searing a simple burger, something he’d done countless times before. But this time, an estimated billion people would be watching or reading about what was about to transpire. Because the round, pink mass McGeown was cooking was no ordinary patty. It was a $325,000 burger made from stem cells cultivated in a lab by scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
“It’s close to meat,” said Hanni Rützler, a food trend researcher who served as one of two food critics who tried the so-called in-vitro patty that day. But, she noted, it lacked fat and juiciness. Perfection wasn’t the goal for Mark Post, the lead scientist behind the burger. “This is just to show we can do it.”
Futurists have imagined growing meat from cells for decades. In an essay containing his predictions for a world fifty years beyond its 1931 publication date (republished in the March 1932 issue of Popular Mechanics), Winston Churchill described a future where we “escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken” in favor of a lab-grown breast or wing.

We’re still probably a decade away from lab-grown hot wings, but cultured ground meat products like chicken nuggets and beef burgers might be available in the next two years, says Kate Krueger, PhD, a cell biologist and the Director of Research for New Harvest, an organization that funds cultured meat research. Initially, those products will probably appear in a restaurants, but eventually they’ll hit grocery stores where they could usurp wildly popular plant-based meat alternatives like theImpossible Burger, a soy-based patty that contains an iron-rich heme molecule that allows it to “bleed” in a faithful imitation of red meat.
Still, chasing cultured meat is “a bet,” concedes Josh Tetrick. The 39-year-old is the CEO and co-founder of Just, an eight year-old San Francisco-based company that makes a plant-based mayonnaise and an egg scramble made from mung beans. Tetrick has built his career on some pretty serious disruption—Just’s vegan mayo made the egg industry so nervous that the American Egg Board waged a secret two year campaigndesigned to promote their product over Tetrick’s. Emails released two later showed board members joking about hiring a hitman to take Tetrick out. Now, he’s hell-bent on proving that cultured proteins alone, not plant-based substitutes, have the unique ability to completely replace conventionally farmed meat in our diet.

Tall Timbers

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No thank you. I'd like to avoid lab-grown anything. A few weeks ago I had dumped a package of what I thought was a noodle and sausage meal into the fry pan to cook. While cooking the concoction I took a closer look at the package and discovered that the sausage wasn't really sausage but was some of that fake meat stuff. I took it all and dumped it in the trash. I made the mistake of eating a fake meat burger at Carl's Jr once... I didn't realize it was fake meat when I ordered it. It was terrible tasting and the after taste was multiple times worse. God gave us plenty of plants that taste good without turning them into something else and he gave us all different kinds of animals and fish to eat that are delicious. Never again will I knowingly consume the fake concoctions.

It's quite easy to inadertantly purchase food that is fake these days. The packaging says what it is, but often quite subtly. I'd like some new consumer protection laws that would compel packaging to very loudly display that the contents contains fake meat product, or lab grown whateveryacallit...
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I posted this one because I felt that this is where food is going. I hope not, but the leftists want all the processed food so they can get us off eating animals or the natural stuff. Somehow they don't understand that there are unforeseen issues that arise when you try to substitute everything. To really know the effects, you have to test these foods on people over years to see how they fare.


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Every time I hear people on the BK commercials claiming that the Impossible Whopper tastes just like a real beef Whopper, I yell at the TV, "No, it doesn't!" I've tried a lot fake meats including the Impossible and Beyond Meat burgers and they all taste like what they are ~ man-created and fake, but definitely not like meat. When will mankind ever learn that he's never going to improve on what God created? A good rule of thumb where eating is concerned is to not eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.