Scientists are on the verge of growing artificial meat in laboratories without the need for animal slaughter, according to a report cited Thursday by The Herald Sun — with one expert predicting a stem cell sausage might be just six months away.
Researchers say the advent of “pain-free” meat produced from stem cells could save millions of animals from the abattoir and help the environment through substantially reduced energy, land and water use.
Dutch researcher Dr. Mark Post, of Maastricht University, predicts the first synthetic sausage could be just six months away.
“I’m hopeful we can have a hamburger in a year,” he told New Scientist.
But a major stumbling block will be turning cultured meat into a tasty, textured and nutritious option that could make mouths water in supermarkets and restaurants. The time and cost involved are also major hurdles.
Post said the meat — pig cells fed with horse fetal serum — he had grown did not look appetizing because it was white.
“It’s white because there’s no blood in it, and very little myoglobin, the iron-bearing protein,” he said. “We are looking at ways to build up the myoglobin content to give it color.”
So could a vegan PETA supporter eat one of these sausages that is made without killing an animal? Or would the fact that it still uses pig cells violate the principles of animal rights? And in that event, would the vegan PETA supporters join pro-lifers in opposing abortion and fetal stem cell research?
What do you think of this? Does a stem cell hamburger sound good? Should we try to synthesize meat so that it would not be necessary to slaughter the animal?