Lab Grown Meat

Lab Grown Meat

There is something new brewing in the wind and that is the smell of lab created meat. How is this meat actually made? Is lab grown meat actually vegan.

What Is Cultured Meat

Cultured meat can come in many forms and flavors, it is basically meat created in laboratories.

How Is Lab Grown Meat Made

Cultured or lab grown meat is created by using cells from the actual animal, such as cows or chicken. The cells are taken, without harm to the animal, and then the protein is grown. The meat is then looked after, fed etc. to assist its growth. In this way you can artificially grow parts of the animals and eat them without any harm actually being caused to the animal. The process itself is called cellular agriculture.

When the cells of the meat are given a special nutrient it will be able to grow into a muscle, which can then be used for food. From a small amount of cells you can get an infinite amount of meat.

Is Lab Grown Meat Vegan

Lab grown meat might still cause some harm to the animals in question as it requires cells from them to actually produce the meat in question. It will however not cause as much harm as our regular meat production is causing nor will it enslave and slaughter the way that is being done today.

Being vegan is about causing the least amount of harm possible and also about equal rights to live and to have your own life so it is still about the ethics and about causing as little pain as possible. In my honest opinion, perhaps it is not completely vegan but it is a dramatic change in the right direction and the best part of it is that from a small number of cells you can get an infinite amount which means that you might only need a little once to create a lot forever.

A lot of people did become vegan and vegetarian to decrease the amount of damage done to our planet and to the animals. This will open a door for everyone to be able to walk through.


 

Lab Grown Meat Pros Cons

One of the main reasons’ lab grown meat is even on the table is probably due to the amount of pressure animal agriculture puts on our environment. In the long run, animal agriculture is just not sustainable and we haven´t even gotten to the ethical side of things. According to research the space needed for lab grown meat is 99% lesser than that of animal agriculture. Livestock is already responsible for a large number of greenhouse gas being released and with the increase in demand this will continue to rise. If you want to read more about the dangers of our meat production then please click here.

Is lab grown meat safe

Scientist say that by producing meat in labs we might be able to stop some illnesses transferred from animals to humans as well as add in vitamins that cannot regularly be found in meat.

At the end of the day, is anything really safe?

I think in this case one needs to think about what would be safer for the environment we live in and probably wish to continue to live in, as well as, what is ethically correct.

If you are worried about chemicals and other nasties, then don´t worry, you are probably already eating them anyways, with all the GMO, toxins and medications scattered around, not just animals but also our fruit and vegetables, not to mention all the processed food we eat.

It might actually even end up being cheaper to purchase than “real” meat as it will be cheaper to produce.

Where To Buy Lab Grown Meat

There is not a lot of this on the market yet but there are plans to have “clean meat” on the market by next year.

(Read more about clean meat by clicking the link).

The production of this kind of meat is exploding and increasing as we speak and a lot of companies are trying to have this on the market and in restaurants as early as possible. Most of these companies seems to be based in America so it might mean that the rest of us, meaning the rest of the world, has to wait a tad longer for it to catch up in our countries. However, it is on the rise and it is coming fast.

Conclusion

I believe that lab grown meat might be the best thing since sliced bread. The difference it could make for billions of animals and not to mention billions of people as we might be able to stay on our planet without being burnt, frozen or drowned due to climate changes.

The road there might not be pretty and I would imagine horrible but hopefully it might also be the end of animal slavery.

Thank you for reading, If you have any questions or comments please drop them down below and I will get back to you.


This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Thanks for this excellent post… I’ve just begun to hear about the meatless alternatives out there with the popularity of Beyond Meat and I’ve been curious about them as it sure seems like a healthy option that’s kind to our planet as well.

    I think you’re so correct when you speak to the chemicals already being there in our foods so that’s probably not the best criteria in evaluating the lab grown options. 

    It’s going to be fascinating to watch these new products come to the market place and see how they are accepted. I wonder how long it’s going to be until we actually see them on a nearby shelf. Thanks again for increasing the awareness of this big shift in our food sources.

    1. Hi Judy,

      Thank you for reading.

      I do not think it will be too long before we see them in stores and restaurants. It will be interesting to see how they will do. 

  2. What a most interesting article on a subject, that I have to honest about, was not even aware of its existence, so read it in great depth to fully understand the concept.

    Do find it a little strange to think that in the not too distant future we could be eating meat that is not produced by an actual animal but by its cells, await the future with interest.

    Stuart

    1. Hi Stuart,

      I am glad that I could introduce you to something new.
      I guess we can only wait and see what will come of it.

      Thank you for reading.

  3. I must say while the idea behind growing meat in laboratories and sparing countless of pain and lives of animals is really fantastic, I still have my objections.. 

    IF the meat created is solely for the production to be consumed that would be great news! 

    BUT creating whole new cells and limbs and such means you are opening a whole door to a world where you are possible to create life forms from laboratories. That IS SCARY. 

    You could be creating whole human bodies with that same science. People would now say “oh but it doesn’t have conscience or soul!”.. We don’t exactly know what’s after we die but if a soul can enter into another vessel (reincarnation) then it’s a possibility.

    The idea is great and fascinating and at the same time I feel it’s like almost playing god. I think a better option is to educate people and newer generations to not to waste food and to not to consume in excess.. But again that’s my opinion. 

    Thanks for this post, it has been very interesting and eye opening and made me self question some things.

    cheers

    1. Hi,

      I see your point and I do agree, it is scary and I think that even if we would not grown meat for consumption new life would still be grown, because we cannot leave things like this alone. They have been cloning etc for years, you can chose your children eye colour before they are born. It is just a matter of time.

      Well, let’s say we do not have a soul and it is only our brains then technically they are truly creating life.

      Thank you for reading.

  4. I have a friend that was thinking about becoming a vegan. I have been trying to convince him that there different ways to eat meat without causing harm to animals. I’m pretty sure this article will convince him that there are methods to eat meat without the need for killing animals.

    I would like to know how is the taste of that meat, is it similar to the regular meat you can get directly from the cow?

    I have found useful information about meat for vegans in your article. I like the way you explain where to get it and if it is okay to eat it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi,

      The meat itself is meat from the animal, as it is grown with the cells from the animal, so it should taste the same. 

      Thank you for reading.

  5. I guess its one thing to know that there is such a thing as lab-grown meats and another to see a website dealing with the topic. Your explanation of what cultured meat is was well-detailed and informative. I particularly enjoyed the question of whether such meat can be considered vegan. If a vegan is solely a person who doesn’t eat meat because of the cruelty to animals aspect an argument can be made. However, many vegans are vegans because it is considered healthier to consume a plant-based diet.

    As I understand your pros and cons it saves animals, provides clean meat and can be mass-produced without keeping large stocks of animals and the cons are basically growth hormones and other chemicals, most of which we consume already. I’m not sure that’s a persuasive argument but it makes sense.

    Thank you for introducing this topic to me.

    God bless you!

    1. Hi Ronald,

      I do believe that the subject is very interesting. 
      Being vegan has a lot to do with causing the least amount of harm to our planet as well, a lot of harm can be traced back to animal agriculture which requires a lot of deforestation etc. With the amount of food that is being produced for the animals alone we could have already fed every one on earth. 

      Like I stated in the previous comment, the question might be which one is the least amount of dangerous, perhaps not just to us but also to the planet itself.

      Thank you for reading.

  6. Hi Alexandra, honestly, I heard this for the first time and I can’t say is it good or not. At the first look, it can be good as just like you said they can inject some necessary vitamins but on the other side what can we know what they actually do with that meat? Is there any guarantee that meat is safe?

    1. Hi Daniel,

      I see your point and I raise you the question, is the meat we eat today safe? GMO, antibiotics as well as toxins from the food they are eating, being raised in filth with illnesses etc. So the question might be which meat will be the least amount of dangerous in the long run?

  7. Hi Alexandra,

    This is definitely a volatile topic among many people, and especially vegans. I give you credit for taking this on, and it is something that will be of debate for quite some time I feel.

    Being a vegan myself, I can offer my thoughts on the subject.

    There is a scientific/biological reason I made this choice – humans just are not designed to eat meat. We don’t have canine teeth for ripping meat into smaller pieces like carnivores do, making it hard on the digestive system, and we don’t have the gastric acids for complete breakdown of meat, which means it often putrifies before leaving our system. 

    There is an ethical reason also – I don’t believe in harming, and certainly not killing, another sentient being. 

    And then the environmental reasons that you addressed come into my decision as well. 

    Those of us who are meat eaters, I would be interested to know if they’re ok with this and will actually buy factory produced meat. 

    Will restaurants be required to inform their patrons if they are serving this type of meat?

    My final thought is this: I know there are benefits to our planet by doing this, but it just seems that man always has to mess with Mother nature. Always thinking we can do better, and in the long run, it goes south. Maybe we should be advocating for real meat instead of fake, but just reduced consumption as a way of bringing balance back to Mother Earth?

    Again, good for you to tackle this subject. It sure will warrant future discussions!

    Best regards,

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom,

      I agree with what you are saying.

      That is an interesting question if there will be a requirement for the restaurants to actually mention the fact about where the meat comes from.

      I have never had an issue with people eating meat, we have for ages but thousands of years ago or even just a couple of 100 years ago it was for survival and not greed, which it is today.

      I have grown up with a father who is a hunter and we have always been served meat that he has hunted, which meant that we would purchase less. The big issue for me is the actually production of the meat. If we needed it to survive it would be different, but we do not, yet we still use and abuse like we did.

      I do believe that Mother Earth needs to be back in balance, I have a hard time seeing this will actually happen until it is to late tho.

      Thank you for reading and for your comment on the subject.

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