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Meat grown in a lab – good or bad?

January 31, 2011

Hey lil cow!

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I’ve been reading reports that scientists have found a way to grow meat in a lab, which is certain to be a controversial issue in the future.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/6684854/Scientists-grow-meat-in-laboratory.html

I can’t say for certain one way or another given that I’m no expert in this field, but it seems wrong. We weren’t meant to eat genetically modified products, and I think the consequences of doing so long term still aren’t clear as there aren’t always immediate effects. Look at mad cow disease! There are many people who agree with this view, people who have much more knowledge on the subject than I do.

A couple positives are that it would drastically reduce damage to the environment and provide people in third would countries with much cheaper access to food.

I don’t think I’d ever eat meat grown in a lab unless I had no other choice. Although we possess the ability to change the properties of foods and animals at our desire, we are still just animals on this planet and I think we should eat what nature gives us. We’ve evolved and thrived eating this diet, so why change it?

Would you eat meat grown in lab? Why or why not?

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