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May 14, 2008 03:36 PM

Hey vegetarians and vegans - would you eat test tube meat?

And while we're at it, would any of you omnivores eat it?

PETA recently put up a $1 million prize to the first company to create a commercially viable test tube meat. The meat would be produced through the growth of tissue cultures. I'm curious if the vegetarians and vegans out there would eat this meat, as no animal would be harmed in the production process. For the sake of argument, we can speculate that the production technique is also environmentally benign.

Not really interested in a discussion of the pros and cons of test tube meat, more curious if there is even a market for this stuff.

Until they find a way to replicate the flavor and texture of kurobuta pork or pasture raised beef and lamb you can count me out.

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  1. No... not until Top Chef Season 30 or Iron Chef does a show using tube meat as a secret ingredient and shows the world how approachable it is.

    1. I vote no....i'd go back to eating REGULAR meat before i'd start eating test tubed or cloned anything thanks............

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      1. re: im_nomad

        "Test tubed" doesn't mean cloned, though. Growing cells from a culture is a standard laboratory technique that's been in use for decades, and it doesn't necessarily involve any modification of the cells. Cultured cells are used in many vaccines.

      2. I don't like the taste of meat, so no. I'd probably give test tube fish a try, though, just to check it out.

        1. Nope, I don't miss meat as it is. I have no desire to return to it regardles of it's animal or artificial origin.

          1. Vegetarianism is often about much more than just the harming of animals. Many simply find the idea of chewing on the muscle tissue of another mammal unappetizing, whether the mammal ever actually lived or not. However, for you omnivores, eating test-tube meat would likely be extremely beneficial to the environment. Meat production is one of the most energy-wasteful industries (yes, as harmful to the environment as car emissions!). Based on the fact that omnivores are already willing to eat the flesh of another animal, would eating the flesh of a cloned animal be all that difficult? What if you didn't know your meat had never actually lived?

            Interesting topic.