Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

Artificial Meat

I heard a radio report about vat-grown meat - long a staple of science-fiction - and now a reality. Soon it will even be commercially feasible to create artificial meat for consumers, which will allegedly be more healthy, fat free, and of cruelty-free.

I've been a vegetarian myself in the past (and still eat mostly vegetables and fish as a matter of course) and when I did so, it was both for health reasons but also out of a sense of compassion for living creatures. But vat grown meat can not be said to be a "living creature", really - so I wonder, will the existence of artificial meat products change anyone's stance on vegetarianism?

I know quite a few of you on my f-list are veggies ... what do you think? If you knew a meat product had never been part of a living creature, and was grown strictly in a lab as a pure clump of muscle-cells that had never even had a nervous system attached to it, would you eat it? Assume for the purposes of this discussion that it is both healthy and delicious. (Who knows if that will really be true...)

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