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It’s On! The Amazing Race to Make ‘In Vitro’ Meat

Written by PETA | November 30, 2009
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My interest in CBS’s Amazing Race started to wane when PETA pal Mike White and his dad were bumped from the show.

Well, the announcement that scientists in Holland have created a sort of pork in a petri dish means a different kind of amazing race is on—one that can save tens of millions of animals every year. As you may recall, PETA announced earlier this year that we’ll pay $1 million to the first team of scientists who could create test-tube chicken flesh that looks and tastes like the “real deal” by June 30, 2012.

The Dutch scientists definitely have their work cut out for them if they’re to grab PETA’s reward money. The article says their “meat” is presently a gooey blob that “requires exercise, like human muscles, to turn it into a tougher steak-like consistency” and that they expect to have laboratory meat within five years. It doesn’t sound appetizing—yet—and five years is a little after our contest deadline, but we’re hopeful that they’ll work out the kinks and apply their findings to create in vitro chicken flesh for public consumption in time to win the prize.

Until then, my animal-defending compadres and I will keep serving up mouthwatering Gardein to entice meat-lovers to kick their cruel, unhealthy meat addictions.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Kayli says:

    This type of thing is for the people who want to save animals, but dont quite have the guts to do it. This is a very controversial topic, but it gets the point across, eating ‘grown’ meat is much better than eating slaughtered animals.

  • vegancoin says:

    an idea that is long overdue anything that removes cruelty and sadistic torture from the “og gots to eat” equation is a step in the right direction. for those unbrave souls that are too timid or “macho” to try mock meats and eat like a real humane being. the junkscience of GMO’s is a work in progress nothing good can come from this. what Mandy said. “If it wasn’t so sad and ignorant I would find it funny that so many meat eaters have snubbed the idea of meat in a petri dish when they have clearly no clue that the ‘animal’ that their dear meat comes from would put them off a lot quicker than anything grown in a lab. Chickens that can’t stand up pigs born without eyes and anuses diseaseridden turkey anyone? Yum? The only thing that makes these animals still animals as we know it is the fact that they still feel unbearable pain and emotion.”

  • kim ateah says:

    The whole idea disgusts me. I don’t eat flesh for many reasons one being its flesh. why would I want to eat something that resembles it when there are plenty of natural sources of delicious foods? Did you catch the part that said it had to be exercised! come on Lets work on enlightening the general public to what it really cost to eat animal products.

  • Mikeal says:

    Whoever believes that we will go to eating meat from a tube is crazy. From the dawn of time people have been eating animals. I raise livestock for slaughter for other makes me sad when they have to go. But i know that i am helping contribute to the food industry and to somebodys nourishment. Its just a fact of life and everybody that wants to cry about it on here needs to get over it.

  • Mandy van Zanen says:

    If it wasn’t so sad and ignorant I would find it funny that so many meat eaters have snubbed the idea of meat in a petri dish when they have clearly no clue that the ‘animal’ that their dear meat comes from would put them off a lot quicker than anything grown in a lab. Chickens that can’t stand up pigs born without eyes and anuses diseaseridden turkey anyone? Yum? The only thing that makes these animals still animals as we know it is the fact that they still feel unbearable pain and emotion. ‘Farmers’ don’t breed for healthy animals anymore they breed for profit. Don’t kid yourself that this is healthier than meat from a test tube.

  • Kurt K says:

    I am a meat eater. It will be a cold day in Hell before I eat a synthetic meat. This is an absolute disgusting idea.

  • dan says:

    This is awesome I had heard about the idea to make meatinavat a while ago. I hope it becomes a reality very soon!

  • john says:

    Um is this a joke? Testtube meat? Am I the only one that sees that absolute horrror of this? A factory growing animal meat sending electrical impulse through a ‘blob’ of flesh so it develops muscle just so we can enjoy the taste of animal flesh? No hunt for us. No exercise for us. No feeding to do. No care for the animal. This is the height of human sloth. I’m a vegan because I find teh meat industry repulsive. And this takes it to a whole other level. So there’s no cruelty involved. But what is involved here is grotesque a rather harrowing image of things to come. Sometimes I despair at the human race. Surely eating a healthy vegan diet using vegatable proteins and green leaf veg would be so much wiser and indeed easier. Why develop a new biotechnology just to pretend we’re eating “an animal”?

  • Harry says:

    Just being able to produce this ‘in vetro’ meat isnt enough it has to taste like real meat and be able to be produced at a lower cost before it is a viable product to put on shelves in supermarkets. Also apart from specialist ethical restaurants it will be decades before this is seen on a menu if at all

  • Aneliese says:

    About time!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I hope this crueltyfree meat is marketed soon. Hopefully the carnivores will finally cease and desist from eating the corpses of our fellow creatures.

  • Joanna says:

    I wonder what the carbon foot print of ‘tube meat’ will be in the end? Once its produced then its to be refridgerated constantly I suspect wrapped in plastic that lasts forever delivered in trucks around the globe from a central production plant. Humm…whatever is wrong with beans and rice I do not know. Tastes great and stored without refridgeration and can be grown where people live by the people that need food the most. AS with fake leather…just give me some good ald fashion cotton and I’m good. Fake is fake.

  • CN says:

    I will eat it. Chemicals or not. Can’t wait!

  • Soliel says:

    YES YES YES!!! I’ll be rooting them on. A future with many less animals eaten…Please I hope so!

  • matt davis says:

    I wish they would go faster!!! I don’t see why this wouldn’t catch on either. The only justifaction people have for eating meat is they think it tastes better than alternatives even though that’s a horrible justifaction and it’s not true either!!! The majority of people want to see better standards in how they treat animals and they’ll also be glad to decrease their ecological footprint.

  • Andrea Hodgins says:

    Honestly it will only lead to mass culling of the livestock I fail to see how that will save any lives. I love animals but I love meat too tho I disagree with the conditions in which some livestock are kept. I won’t do invitro and can’t see it catching on.

  • Dave Stout says:

    I like this idea and if there were a humane alternative to meat it would be easier to restrict the use of farm animals. I don’t like that farm animals should have to wait for technology to bring about change but this may be the real catalyst that is necessary.

  • Mark says:

    MH Yeah there is fuss about GM crops but guess what they’re eaten everywhere! With some good marketing this stuff can be a winner. Plus the GM crops create a fuss mostly because of the claimed dangers and environmental harms while this product would be less dangerous and less harmful than that which it is meant to replace!

  • MH says:

    With all the fuss about genetically modified crops do you really think that the public will take to meat grown in a test tube. I think it’s a good idea but I worry that it may be ignored by the general population.