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Would you eat lab-grown meat?

Many people have become vegetarian or vegan because they are repulsed by the idea of killing animals.

This poses an interesting question -would they return to eating meat/fish if lab-grown meat became available?

Meat grown from cells in a laboratory could be on supermarket shelves within four years, scientists say.

The product, known as cultured meat or clean meat, involves a biopsy being taken from an animal such as a pig or cow.

Stem cells from that sample are then placed in a reactor in a laboratory, where they are fed a solution of glucose, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Researchers at the University of Bath are growing cells on blades of grass, allowing them to multiply and become the mature muscle cells that form cultured meat.

Dr Marianne Ellis, senior lecturer in biochemical engineering, said the current texture of cultured meat makes it best suited to sausages and burgers.

However, it is hoped that products such as steak and bacon rashers will be developed in the future.

She described the process of creating cultured meat as currently “very expensive” but said work was being undertaken to reduce those costs.

“The UK really is one of the key essential players globally on the scale-up so that is what we’re working on as engineers, developing systems to grow the cells on a large scale,” Dr Ellis said.

“In terms of when we’re likely to see it in the supermarkets, probably the most advanced company at the moment is Mosa Meat and they are predicting four to five years.”

Dr Ellis said the aim was for cultured meat to be the same price as traditional meats in supermarkets.

The amount of energy required to produce lab-grown meats could be reduced with “nifty engineering”, she insisted.

It requires only a small amount of a cow to be grown, she said.

Researchers predict that “much less” energy would be needed to create the product in hot countries.

“The huge advantage of eating something like cultured meat is that it addresses our global needs and our global challenges of both food security and addressing climate change,” Dr Ellis said.

“Our global population is growing and our current food production methods will not scale to produce what we need to feed everybody.

“We need something like an additional 60 million tonnes of protein to feed the population by 2050 and we can’t do that like we currently do.

“This cultured meat is a way to do that. It can be done anywhere in the world – it can be done where it is really hot and where it is really cold.

“We have the opportunity also to address our climate issues because this method compared to traditional beef production has much less greenhouse gas emissions, has much less water use, has much less land use and reduced energy use so it really addresses those two key global challenges.”

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Would you eat lab-grown meat?

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EileenD7
4 days ago
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I am a vegetarian, so, no I don’t think I could eat lab grown meat, having said that I think it is a brilliant way of helping to feed the would, especially in those country’s that are struggling to feed themselves due to war drought ext, also It upsets me the way animals are used as commodities rather than, living feeling beings. This is the first time I’ve posted anything I hope it’s okay.
Irene88
4 days ago
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Definitely not. no way.
Mari50
4 days ago
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I would definitely not eat lab grown meat. I am partial vegetarian. I may eat a desert spoon of meat a week just for the taste. I cannot eat meat because of an arthritic jaw but I was never a fan of it.
Everything seems to be lab grown. I think scientists are using it as an excuse because all our farmland is taken up by developers building houses. People say that it is a environmentally friendly way of eating but is it more environmentally friendly than keeping proper animals in the fields than houses. I think not
viking
30th Jun 2020
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Interesting comments about lab grown meat.
For some time now, we have been eating salad which is grown in a deep ex ww2 underground shelter under Clapham Common. Taste's just as it should with no bug sprays used.
If this type of meat product can be manufactured and in a blind tasting can taste the same or even better, then why not. It would certainly remove some of the cruelty caused with the Hal Hal practice of killing.
HappyHippie
29th Jun 2020
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I'm not a fan off meat, my husband is the meat eater, I could live without it and do when my husband is away.
Bald123
29th Jun 2020
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Yes if it stops all the cruelty to animals. Why not so long as it's safe and fully tested.
catlady24
28th Jun 2020
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If you want to avoid (regular) meat, but still want to get the protein, flavor and texture of meat, then just buy one of the MANY (plant based) faux "meat" products that are available at your grocery store. And there's plenty of brands to pick from = Amy's, Morning Star Farms, Gardein and Field Roast, to name a few. Also, "main stream" food companies have started offering customers "plant based meat" alternatives. i.e. -- "Marie Callender's" has just started selling "faux beef" pot pies and "faux chicken" pot pies, right along side their REAL meat pot pies ! I just purchased the faux beef one and it was delicious ! *I'm a vegetarian for humane reasons. i.e. = I can't stand the thought of an animal being raised, from birth, and then slaughtered, just so I can put a piece of meat in my mouth
Yodama
29th Jun 2020
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If and when they perfect this meat grown in a lab with no slaughtering of animals to worry about, would you eat it catlady?

By the way, they will be growing everything in a lab, veg and fruit too.
catlady24
29th Jun 2020
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Hi Yodama, My answer to your question is going to sound like I'm some sort of fanatic, but "no," I wouldn't eat lab grown meat --- even though it doesn't "involve cruelty." I say this because of the fact that a culture is taken from an animal, and this fact is unsettling to me. I know it's silly, since the animal doesn't suffer. I must admit though, that I feel guilty -- with my stance -- since cultured meat would be better for the environment, --- and I do care about our planet.
Yodama
29th Jun 2020
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It was just a thought, many vegetarians stop eating meat simply because an animal has to be slaughtered. I did wonder if perhaps slaughtering was taken out of the equation, that they might want to go back to eating meat.
Everybody to their own taste at the end of the day.
I do think that people like you who have taken a stance are courageous.
🙂
ElisabethR
28th Jun 2020
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No. Been a veggie for a number of years now so you can count me out.
Billythequiche
28th Jun 2020
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If it tasted ok. It can't be worse than meat full of antibiotics and growth hormones.
Bald123
29th Jun 2020
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You are so right especially if it was fully tested.
Yodama
28th Jun 2020
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I would give it a try. Tests so far have shown that it is "almost" the same as eating the real thing. They have been producing lab food since 2013.
To date, I have not seen or been offered lab food so I cannot judge.

Not having to slaughter an animal in order to eat a nice steak or lamb chop is a plus for me.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/lab-grown-meat-starting-feel-real-deal

Looking not so far into the future, we may have to rely on "Frankenstein" food to save us.
We are being encouraged to eat insects and there is a plethora of insect products for us to consume. A baker is making bread with insects Yum!

Farmers, fishing industry and many firms will be affected by global warming, so maybe we have to be prepared to provide food for the masses in case of severe droughts and flooding.
Better to be prepared.
Wonder what the farmers think?
Valleyman
28th Jun 2020
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Okay Yodama, if we're faced with eating cockroaches then I will happily line up for a lentil dahl. (But still prefer a steak).
Yodama
28th Jun 2020
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Well they do say everything tastes like chicken in the end Valleyman. Although I have heard that cockroaches have a kind of nutty taste. (Ugh!)
Good choice dahl, I may make some today. 🙂

I may have a taste of this faddy bread.
https://youtu.be/bzt20-wAUzI
Valleyman
28th Jun 2020
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Insects! There'll be garlic bread next!
LesleyC7
28th Jun 2020
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I am not a vegetarian but would not eat meat obtained in this way, I believe in properly reared and cared for animals and as such, buy UK reared as much as I can. Just to say, I will NOT be buying US meat products if and when they are imported.
Yagala
27th Jun 2020
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I am already many years a vegetarian, thanks to my dear wife.
It is the animals are killed what put her and when she explained it to me that put me off as well.
I do not eat mead, fish or fowl any more ever since I married my wife.
Margaret Hart
27th Jun 2020
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Definitely not and I am also against any GM foods. The more our food is messed about with the less good for us it will be. Years ago when we ate good fresh food he healthier we were and much of it we grew ourselves. We didn t have takeaways every half a dozen shops and the thought of ringing up for someone to bring one would never have entered our heads.
Other countries like the USA and us are not as healthy since we changed to the more rubbishy diets we eat now and we are generally too heavy or even obese and many more people suffer from diabetes.

I would rather become a vegetarian than eat lab grown food.
Lionel
27th Jun 2020
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So well said. I completely agree since I abhor takeaways, eat fresh food home cooked often by myself and am fairly fit and quite healthy as far as I know.
Billythequiche
30th Jun 2020
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As someone who knows farming and husbandry, do you think that GM is much worse than selective breeding and artificial insemination?
Lionel
30th Jun 2020
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Genetically Modified anything, NO. Any modifications may easily be done by selective breeding - there's far less possibility of genetic mutations in the animal's systems which may not be apparent until a modified breed is in widespread use.

AI is fine if it's used responsibly. The main problem I know of is farmers wanting ever larger calves/pigs so their carcass weight is greater for less food input. For example, a bog standard Friesian milk cow inseminated with semen from a Charolais or Limousin bull of far greater weight and bulk will certainly produce a larger calf but it will require a vet for a cesarian and if a second calf is in the womb it will usually be deformed or a wastrel. Last time I heard the vet will charge £300-£400. Night call is extra.

If pure greed can cause AI to be misused think what greed will do when any part of an animal may be modified to order? Do we really want franken-animals, creatures distorted beyond all present human imagination? I don't, for one.
Billythequiche
6 days ago
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Does the same apply to cereal or other crops meant for consumption ?
Lionel
6 days ago
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In my opinion, yes.

Coss breeding of plants and animals is reasonable since any outcomes which are not viable die or fail to produce viable seed. Also, there's a very small likelihood any two crop science companies would produce the same seed strain.

Genetic modification can result in a viable improvement on an existing plant species but we do not yet know the long term effects of altering gene patterns; principally what harmful effects a continued mutation might have on human well-being.

A further, even less palatable reason to be against GM is found with Monsanto. That company has genetically engineered cereal seed to it's own advantage. The seed is available only from them, it is not on the free market. The plants are resistant to all herbicides except Monsanto's own Roundup. Grains grown from Monsanto's seed stock are sterile - they have a terminator gene embedded meaning a farmer cannot grow the next year from his own harvested seed, a common practice world wide.

Monsanto could arbitrarily raise their seed or herbicide prices and create famine in, for example, Africa or Europe. All for a few dollars more.

Therefore, it's a win - win for Monsanto. All the primary factors in growing their cereals are available only from them, at prices they determine. There are many questions arising from the use of Roundup including, is it a carcinogen? Long term, even more profound questions arise from their mutilated seeds. Their continued use would certainly impoverish third world farmers and it's not impossible British farmers too, needing new seed stock every year. Conceivably, Monsanto could control the world's cereal production and hold us all to a price ransom.

A very few years ago a rise of £100 a tonne in wheat on the world market caused shops to raise the price of a loaf of bread by 40%. Africa was hit hard until the UN stepped in with cheap cereal supplies. The fact is, a staple of life could be priced out of reach to even European consumers. Yes, we're talking about food wars, all for extra dollars to shareholders. Oh, and a good deal more international political clout for Washington.

Is this the future of food we really want
Billythequiche
5 days ago
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Wow, that's shocking. Especially about Monsanto. Should not be surprised as another Petro-chemical company (Du Pont) has increased the global risk of illness while producing Teflon.
Thanks for the info, almost wish I hadn't asked.
Lionel
5 days ago
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This is the tip of the iceberg, Billy, the stuff that's reached the public domain. What don't we know? A lot. And we'll never know whether a slice of bread is going to fire up dormant cancer or reverse expensive cancer treatment.

We can't know the effect of cereal mutations on people's minds (think ADHD, autism etc.). I'm not saying present cereals are their cause, no, but the incidence of these conditions has gone through the roof with GM and vastly increased use of chemicals in agriculture running in tandem. If it's not a pun, food for thought, perhaps?

You see now why we are very careful what goes into our mouths. But then I always was a nutter!
Billythequiche
4 days ago
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Never been a conspiracy theorist but have one question without a sensible answer. What set off an explosion of Type 2 Diabetes in the 21st century? It can't all be junk food and weight.
Lionel
4 days ago
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I'm not a conspiracy theorist either Billy. I write of what I know and say when I'm speculating.

I don't know the T2 answer either. I've been the same weight for years - over the BMI but then there's a good deal more muscle than an office bound specimen. Yet I've got it. My wife is a little over weight through enforced inactivity and she's got it too. It's a daily dodgems duel getting it just right and forgiving easily the other one when it goes wrong.

We could speculate on all manner of causes and still not be right. For my money it would be agri-chemicals since no one yet knows the long term effects of their use. T2 was barely known before the explosion in chemical farming.

What do you think?
Billythequiche
3 days ago
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I honestly don't know. It is not many years ago that it was virtually unknown. It took a famous expose before it was realised that Benzene caused leukaemia. We may soon have to make difficult choices between: US chlorine washed, battery or free range causing toxic run-off from droppings. How long did it take to remove lead from petrol?
You can't spend the rest of life being afraid to eat.
Having spent half my working life in supermarkets and the other half in food manufacture, I sometimes wonder how we survived.
If I mentioned sides of pork and vinegar to you, I would not have to go into graphic details would I/
Wilf
27th Jun 2020
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I would want to check that it was 100% safe first.
MikeBrough
27th Jun 2020
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I'd be OK with it. It'll be a few years before they can get it tasting and feeling like 'organic' meat but it's no different from the skin they grow in labs for grafts - it will be real meat.
bob scott
27th Jun 2020
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Have you tried some of this tasteless vegan food i found it disgusting and unpalatable. I will keep eating like our ancestors the cave men, that is how our bodies are attuned too. Bob Scott.
ElisabethR
28th Jun 2020
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Nuts, berries, seeds and dinosaurs then. Lol
sparrer
27th Jun 2020
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No. Why would anyone making this choice feel the need to explain themselves? On the other hand, do those who voted yes truly realise what they'd be doing to their bodies?
Kezziedog
27th Jun 2020
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No why would you want to do that ! I’d rather be a vegetarian ....
Felix1
27th Jun 2020
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I try to eat organic, freerange.
Valleyman
27th Jun 2020
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No chance. Let's stick as far as possible to our original diet. I hope after Brexit is completed Britain will produce the vast majority of it's own meat and fish, and those products will be of the best quality. It may be more expensive but less meat more veg on your plate is probably healthier as well. Produce more, export more,
swaneldo
27th Jun 2020
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If they can't keep a virus safe in a lab, I'm certainly not going to eat anything which comes out of one! I'll continue to directly support our farmers for my food as I've always done.
Felix1
27th Jun 2020
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By your comment re, keeping a virus safe in a lab. Do you believe that the coronavirus is one that ‘escaped’. I do.
swaneldo
27th Jun 2020
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Just my opinion, but 100% think this is the case
Ian123
27th Jun 2020
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I would wait until it had been on the market for a few years.
Who knows what it may be doing to our bodies?
Retiredyorkie
27th Jun 2020
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