Animal rights groups have gone gaga over “tasty” soy and tofu products taking the place of beef dishes in dining rooms all across America.
No matter the juicy goodness of biting into a veggie burger, it is just not the same as digging into a real piece of meat.
Hoping to overcome the obvious culinary shortfalls of meat that isn’t meat, Aleph Farms, located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, claims to have created the structure of real beef from animal cells in a petri dish. The company claims that it actually feels like you are biting into a piece of meat, not just experiencing the taste of real meat.
Aleph Farms is among several companies in a race to grow meat in a lab using clusters of cells from animals, without actually killing them, says a report in The Wall Street Journal.
“In theory, we’re talking you could be eating bison meat without killing bison. You could be eating whale without harming whales,” says Jan Dutkiewicz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University.
While proponents say these new meats can be produced at a fraction of the environmental costs that come from traditional, large-scale farming, at this early stage of development, producing a pound of meat from cells is still far more expensive than that from an animal.
U.S. Government regulators have not yet determined if the cloned meat is safe for consumers or if the product should even be called meat.
As intimated by John Hopkins’ Dutkiewicz, the move toward producing test-tube meat is a handy arrow in the quiver of the animal rights, anti-hunting crowd. Why hunt if we can put “meat” on your table without killing the animal?
Why does this sound eerily like Soylent Green?