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Would You Eat Test-Tube Meat?

Written by PETA | May 18, 2011

The current issue of The New Yorker explores an idea whose time has come: test-tube meat. An international network of stem-cell biologists and tissue engineers, cheered on by animal-rights advocates and environmentalists, are working on growing muscle tissue in vitro just as it is now grown inside the bodies of animals, but without all the filth, environmental devastation, and cruelty associated with factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The author notes that one drawback to test-tube meat is its cost, but it’s important to bear in mind that meat production is currently heavily subsidized. It is estimated that, without subsidies, the average cost of hamburger would be around $35 a pound. And that doesn’t even take into account the huge medical costs associated with heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and other diseases linked with meat consumption.

Quick to see the tremendous lifesaving potential of lab-grown meat, PETA has sponsored biological engineer Nicholas Genovese’s research into it. Says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, “If people are unwilling to stop eating animals by the billions, then what a joy to be able to give them animal flesh that comes without the horror of the slaughterhouse, the transport truck, and the mutilations, pain, and suffering of factory farming.”

While you wait for test-tube T-bones to show up in your local Winn-Dixie, you can get started saving lives (your own and animals’) today by ordering a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.

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  • Ash says:

    This lab-meat thing can be viewed from different perspecives, but I would like to put it out there that although people say there are health benefits to consuming meat, there can be substitutes for that (which don’t involve hurting or killing animals). I am not trying to offend anyone, and I am very sorry about that if it does, but going vegan is a good thing. Mushrooms are a good substitute for meat, and so is tofu. Both taste great, have benefits for your health, and they aren’t slaughtered in abbatoirs or bred to be killed. Snacks which contain meat could be replaced by a fruit salad, which is great. These are only suggestions, though. I am not trying to force my opinions on anyone.

  • DanielKVegan says:

    Sarah, you wrote: “Im one of the most loveing careing people in the world.” How can you make a statement like this while admitting you kill animals? If you love someone, you don’t kill them.

  • DanielKVegan says:

    Unfortunately, lab-grown meat, and PETA’s support of it, just reinforces the idea that we need meat to survive and be happy. We do not. It’s not natural, it’s not healthy, and do you really want to eat something created in a lab? People (meat-eaters) are already squeamish about tofu and “fake” meats. I seriously doubt they will embrace a different kind of substitute for it. The cost factor is another concern. What will the price be for lab-grown meat? We all know scientists don’t work for peanuts, and lab costs are usually very high. It doesn’t make sense to me that the average person will be able to afford this “new meat”. One more thing: is it certain that animals won’t be used to grow this meat? I can see that the idea of lab-grown meat is a response to animal agriculture and its impact on the environment, sustainability and ecology of the planet. I very much doubt it has anything to do with reducing animal suffering and slaughter. If animals are still used or killed for this new meat, then as a vegan, I can’t support it.

  • Eden says:

    Look, to those opposing this idea, it’s the most realistic solution that can be made to adhere to those who do enjoy meat, because there will ALWAYS be those who do. While meat would presumably still hold its less healthier qualities, you’ll be eliminating to cruelty and pollution associated with factory farming. Now, how can we help contribute? I would love to donate money to this research.

  • Storm Crow says:

    I am all over this!!! The SECOND it’s available myself & family & friends are all buying it. I talk to meat eaters about it all the time and they say ew because it’s grown in a test tube and I’m like – how about what’s actually disgusting are the conditions in slaughterhouses & abbatoirs!? Not only that, but they can adapt & change the grown meat to actually be healthful and full of extra things that are nutritionally beneficial for us. And no one gets hurt. I think this is a great way to get quality protein for vegetarians without the cruelty. Bring it on!!!

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Just out of curiosity, where do you folks think the bovine serum used to grow this meat comes from? Between that and the fact that PETA adamantly pushes the concept of meat being absolutely unhealthy, I’m at a total loss as to why you’re happy with donating your money to this practice that will still result in animals being confined in labs.

  • Sarah says:

    Actually sandy Im one of the most loveing careing people in the world, I work as a rescuer form bunnies to horses..I hate to see any animal harmed BUT unlike you i can see through the lies and editing to make things look worse then they are. I raise my own meat and hunt so I know were it comes from and how it lives.

  • Donna says:

    why would ANYONE in their right mind want to eat something that far removed from nature??? Dining on rotting totrtured corpses often contaminated with SHIT and good ol, E. Coli 0157 H7 along with mentrual remnants of hens and the BREAST milk of another species, well thats already just plain WRONG and creepy enough but this?????? thats really bizarre!!! Hope it causes a more modern form of our current diseases tho, that would be interesting to watch!!

  • brandao jacqueline says:

    I think we, vegetarians and vegans do not want to find the taste of meat, but we must think of those who eat (and who are the majority in this world), then yes we need this user meat diet is known and launched worldwide. There will be less suffering in this land.

  • Rita says:

    I wouldn’t really want this for myself. I’m a vegetarian and I have no interest in eating meat ever again. But this is a good option for people who don’t want to give up meat. I wonder if the same can be done with milk and eggs? I know you can’t grow milk like you could grow meat, but it would be nice to make it without the cow and the eggs without a chicken. I’d be interested in that.

  • Sandy says:

    Sarah, if you have a look through this site how can you honestly live with a decision to eat “real” meat?? You must have no heart at all.

  • Elle says:

    I think it’s a great idea for meat eaters! I personally will never try it (I am quite happy as a vegan and have been vegetarian for 11 years because I really dislike the taste of meat) but I will definitely support it!

  • kathy says:

    Ralphy, you obviously don’t understand the science behind this. Animals will not be killed for this test-tube meat. That’s the whole point.

  • Joe Daniel says:

    Once typed study lead tp to a compound of encapsuled herbs, Designed for detox and body-build/ nutrition support. Am all-vegetarian but eggs, Am A pos. all of the way. A double pantry is a joy, w- many dips, To the side. No more blad or int irregularity- firm bulk.

  • kathy says:

    This would be such a huge step forward for our culture. Personally, I don’t miss meat but I’d love to see this happen.

  • sarah says:

    No thanks all stick to real meat

  • Sandy says:

    I refuse to support animal cruelty so the only way I would eat lab grown meat would depend on how far removed it was from actually killing the animal. I suppose if there was no animal harm that would come from it then I would have no problem with it. I do not understand why Buddie seemed to turn his/her nose up to the idea as I think it is a wonderful idea and I am glad that PETA is supporting this!! I wonder if scientists will also work on lab grown dairy and eggs as well? This would also save innocent animal lives as well.

  • kittenxxkisses says:

    I think test-tube meat is a fantastic idea because it removes heaps of painful suffering. I eat free-range meat, but it would be heaps better to be able to eat meat that didn’t even come from the death of an animal :)

  • Storm Crow says:

    I am all over this!!! The SECOND it’s available myself & family & friends are all buying it. I talk to meat eaters about it all the time and they say ew because it’s grown in a test tube and I’m like – how about what’s actually disgusting are the conditions in slaughterhouses & abbatoirs!? Not only that, but they can adapt & change the grown meat to actually be healthful and full of extra things that are nutritionally beneficial for us. I think this is a great way to get quality protein for vegetarians without the cruelty. Bring it on!!!

  • Storm Crow says:

    I am all over this!!! The SECOND it’s available myself & family & friends are all buying it. I talk to meat eaters about it all the time and they say ew because it’s grown in a test tube and I’m like – how about what’s actually disgusting are the conditions in slaughterhouses & abbatoirs!? Not only that, but they can adapt & change the grown meat to actually be healthful and full of extra things that are nutritionally beneficial for us. I think this is a great way to get quality protein for vegetarians without the cruelty. Bring it on!!!

  • Seth says:

    Why would Peta want people to eat invitro meat as a substitute after you claim the very biased, “heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and other diseases linked with meat consumption.”

  • Toby says:

    I’d rather have healthy, vegan food (as all should); frankly, food isn’t really ‘my thing’, so, some extravagantly processed product which tastes amazing & has amazing texture doesn’t tend to excite me much. I love lentils with Earth Balance, walnuts & sea salt… that’s about as complicated as I like food to be! -this lab made meat could & probably should deter murder though, so in that preventive way it could be a great thing.

  • animal researcher says:

    This meat is still grown from the tissue of living animals.. animals that live in labs. I’m surprised you people are in favor.

  • Buddie says:

    Whatever PETA….

  • MA Moo says:

    Wow, we have come along way in utilizing our intelligence in a productive way and evolving from barbaric caveman practices! I think “test-tube meat” is a great idea if it saves lives. However, being a Vegetarian, the thought of eating meat grosses me out! I like the faux chicken, faux sausage and faux hamburgers (0 fat and 0 cholesterol). Way to go PETA!

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