So I’m sure most of you have seen the stories about the first lab grown meat being consumed by taste testers. While those developing this “meat” say that it will be some time before it is available to the masses, it is disturbing to me in so many ways.
First, study after study has shown us that meat is something we need to be consuming less of…not more. But for some reason, we just aren’t getting that message out there. Or, people just don’t care. I know that in my meat and potatoes town when I tell someone I don’t eat meat I often hear “well I could never give up my meat”. Fine, don’t give it up. But don’t deny all of the information out there available to you that says you should consume less of it. We wouldn’t need lab grown meat if people would treat it the way it used to be, as a side dish, and not the main course of every meal. It used to be that a family had chicken on Sunday and then it was made into sandwiches for the next day, and the bones boiled to make soup. It wasn’t on every plate, in portions twice what a portion actually is at every meal. It would help everyone out there to have a few meatless meals now and then.
Impact to the environment. Researchers say that this lab grown meat will reduce the impact to the environment while keeping up with demand. Well, that’s great. Factory farms are killing our environment. Run off from these farms is poisoning our vegetables, and ruining our land and water. Even the biggest meat fan can’t look at the wasteland that is a factory farm and say it’s good for our planet or our health. Even paleo followers attempt to buy meat that was raised in a different way. But if we’re just trying to keep up with demand, then it’s obvious that the factory farms aren’t, so it isn’t like we’re going to get rid of them with this lab meat. So, we’ll have both and no improvement to the environmental impact…and this stuff has to be grown somewhere, so where will the labs go? Reducing your meat consumption, buying from farmers who farm in as sustainable way is the real way to impact the environmental toll that this takes on the environment.
World hunger. Well, the above article even states that it isn’t a problem of supply, it’s getting the food to the hungry. So this lab meat isn’t going to solve the world hunger crisis until we can get it into the mouths that need is. But truthfully, we currently have enough land to grow enough food to feed everyone. But, the majority of that land is being used to grow food for animals. It takes four pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. If we were growing food for humans on that land we could feed everyone already.
Lastly, do you really want to eat meat grown in a lab? I mean come on!
This post isn’t meant to make someone go vegetarian. If you’re a meat eater and you want to stay that way, that’s fine. But if everyone reduced their consumption just a little, then the need for this lab grown meat wouldn’t even exist. We could eliminate the atrocities that are factory farms and feed lots. The animals that are consumed for food would be healthier, and better for us. They’d also likely live and die in a much more humane fashion.
So, will you eat lab grown meat?