Would you eat chicken nuggets if you knew that it came from lab-grown meat from chicken feathers? According to the new and emerging lab-grown meat industry, this so-called “cultured meat” will actually be more humane in the long run since there are no animals to slaughter and feed, and it will help lead in a new more sustainable and profitable food industry.
They go as far as suggesting that this new industry will be healthier for the planet, will reduce carbon emissions, eliminate almost all animal suffering and eliminate almost all of risks that come from factory farmed meat.
This is indeed quite an interesting idea for those who wish to reduce meat consumption for both ethical and health reasons and is true to some level that it eating less myth is good for our health our planet. However, long term consumption of such lab-grown meat is a widely unknown area, that can lead to the development of new age diseases and disorders.
Some argue the similarity between Monsanto and Bayer experiments with genetically engineered crops and the herbicides upon which the growth of many of our food crops are now dependent and the new emerging lab-grown meat industry and their interests of mass production and monopolisation of the market.
It is worth mentioning though perhaps a transition to cultured meats might actually reduce the negative impact on our health if done correctly by eliminating industrial factory farming and its associated waste that makes us sick.
One such company from Silicon Valley named ‘Just’ seems to have good intentions and makes a compelling argument in favor of cultured meats even though they use feathers as their source of a product. They say their technicians need only two days to transform chicken feathers cells into chicken nuggets.
They explain, cells are cultured from feathers and placed in a protein mixture with nutrients that enable the cells to multiply fast. After two days of growing in a bioreactor, the feather cells produce enough engineered meat to make chicken nuggets. Its similar to making a sourdough bread by using a ‘starter dough’ but in this case, the feather was the starter chicken.
This category of lab-grown food is called “cultured meat” or “clean meat,” made from animal cells without slaughter. According to Fast Company, Josh Tetrick, company co-founder, and CEO, outlined their goals: “Our theory is that given that human beings have been eating meat for about 2.4 million years, it’s a hard sell to get them to stop eating meat now, especially now that most of humanity is rising up out of poverty.”
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