OK, my question is, will vegetarians be willing to eat this?
“I don’t find it hard to believe that in vitro meat can be produced that tastes like hamburger or chicken nuggets,” said Jason Matheny, one of the founders of Vive Research, a U.S. form working on growing meat for the global market. Most of the flavour in burgers and nuggets now sold in grocery stores or restaurants comes from seasoning or filler, he said.
Researchers have succeeded in growing bits of meat, the type that could be used in burgers or spaghetti sauce.
I mean vegetarians who are for ethical reasons, not because they don’t like the taste of meat.
And speaking of ethics, here’s a conundrum:
One group, which he would not name, did offer him money, but they wanted him to grow meat from human cells, so they could grow pieces of themselves to eat.
“I don’t want to participate in high-tech human cannibalism,” he said he told them.
Theoretically, he said, it would be possible. Researchers have harvested human myoblasts, cells that can grow into muscle fibre.
OK, so what would be wrong with that (ignoring the “yuck” factor)?
It kind of depends on why you think that cannibalism is wrong. In fact, it’s akin to the dilemma of child p0rn that is produced without harming (or even utilizing) children. Is it wrong because someone else is hurt in the production of it, or is there something intrinsically wrong with it? In the case of the latter, the Supreme Court has ruled (at least it’s my understanding) that the purpose of child-p0rn laws is to protect children from being molested in the production of the product, not (just) because the existence of child p0rn is perceived to be opposed to the best interests of society.
This seems similar to me. People will argue (as they do with synthetic p0rn) that having ready access to long pork may cause some people to want to experience the more gourmet version–the real thing, perhaps with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti, and should thus be made illegal, even though no persons are harmed in the manufacture of it.
I don’t necessarily agree with that, but it’s an interesting debate.