Meat to Order

August 16, 2005 at 2:32pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Researchers are working on a way to grow meat in a laboratory, hoping to eventually develop an alternative to farm-raised meat. The hope is that the lab-grown meat—frankenmeat, if you will—will be healthier (because its nutrition characteristics can be controlled), safer (no mad cow), more consistent, cheaper, less offensive to ethical vegetarians, and so on. Many people say “Eww! That’s gross! I would never eat ‘fake’ meat!” Yeah, but you’ll eat meat that’s crawling with bacteria and was once attached to an animal’s ass, where it was covered in crap for years.

Anyway, I would love to give frankenmeat a try. I think it’s an awesome idea, in principle, and I can’t wait to see how it works out. Imagine the possibilities for feeding poverty-stricken populations. The first time they have a taste test at my local Hy-Vee, I’m there.

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