Unreal Nature

November 28, 2009

Meat

Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 7:36 am

In-Vitro Meat — aka tank steak, sci fi sausage, petri pork, beaker bacon, Frankenburger, vat-grown veal, laboratory lamb, synthetic shmeat, trans-ham, factory filet, test tube tuna, cultured chicken, or any other moniker that can seduce the shopper’s stomach — will appear in 3-10 years as a cheaper, healthier, “greener” protein that’s easily manufactured in a metropolis. Its entree will be enormous; not just food-huge like curry rippling through London in the 1970’s or colonized tomatoes teaming up with pasta in early 1800’s Italy. No. Bigger. In-Vitro Meat will be socially transformative, like automobiles, cinema, vaccines.

This is from Eight Ways In-Vitro Meat Will Change Our Lives by Hank Hyena in h+1 Magazine (Nov 17, 2009). Below are his eight “ways” along with the first line of each paragraph of his explanation:

  1. Bye-Bye Ranches.
    When In-Vitro Meat (IVM) is cheaper than meat-on-the-hoof-or-claw, no one will buy the undercut opponent.
  2. Urban Cowboys.
    Today’s gentle drift into urbanization will suddenly accelerate as unemployed livestock workers relocate and retrain for city occupations.
  3. Healthier Humans.
    In-Vitro Meat will be 100% muscle.
  4. Healthier Planet.
    Today’s meat industry is a brutal fart in the face of Gaia.
  5. Economic Upheaval.
    The switch to In-Vitro Meat will pummel the finances of nations that survive on live animal industries.
  6. Exotic & Kinky Cuisine.
    In-Vitro Meat will be fashioned from any creature, not just domestics that were affordable to farm.
  7. FarmScrapers.
    The convenience of buying In-Vitro Meat fresh from the neighborhood factory will inspire urbanites to demand local vegetables and fruits.
  8. We Stop the Shame.
    In-Vitro Meat will squelch the subliminal guilt that sensitive people feel when they sit down for a carnivorous meal.

Interesting to think about. There are a lot of comments to the piece. [ link ]


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