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Re: Lab-grown meat

Post by OnTheBayou on Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:07 am

Interesting thoughts, John.

I recall reading a few years ago about anthropologists figuring out about when in our evolution we stayed alive long enough to become grandparents. For women, obviously not too many reproductive years left or none at all. At first glance, why keep them alive? (Men would be coming into peak leadership possibilities, and by extension, get choice mates.)

Having two generations of elders alive at the same time came with greater survival. More help to raise the tadpoles, a larger pool of collective wisdom.

Grandparenting is definitely unnatural, looking at most animals. But it works for us, especially with the long maturation time we need.

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Post by OnTheBayou on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:35 am

Not sure why/how this came up on my radar, but the definitive book on fake meat?

https://www.amazon.com/Clean-Meat-Growing-Without-Revolutionize/dp/1501189085/ref=pd_sim_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1501189085&pd_rd_r=XV51PH2KK3GWQF8VV0X3&pd_rd_w=gfPKv&pd_rd_wg=K46dr&psc=1&refRID=XV51PH2KK3GWQF8VV0X3&dpID=51U8HuWO0BL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail

Too expensive for something I'm only peripherally interested in, but there ya go.............

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Post by Rig D on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:41 am

^From the description:
"Paul Shapiro gives you a front-row seat for the wild story of the race to create and commercialize cleaner, safer, sustainable meat—real meat—without the animals."

Hopefully he gives a real clear explanation of what the word real means.
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Post by OnTheBayou on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:44 am

I don't think there's any ambiguity about "real."

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Post by Rig D on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:58 am

Real meat, no animals. Sounds like a basic definition issue to me.
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Post by OnTheBayou on Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:02 am

Only if you choose it to be.

"Real," actual animal cells. Simple.

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Post by Rig D on Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:23 am

"Real," actual animal cells. Simple.
Just a little bit of going round ye olde circle.

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Post by OnTheBayou on Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:41 am

Semantics. Words are assigned value by our minds and convention.

I can remember when "organic" was a new movement, talking over forty years ago. "Conventional" food growers disdained the label, noting that all food is organic in the chemistry sense. Which it is, of course.

No doubt there will be semantic shake out as lab meat comes to market.

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Post by Paysan on Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:05 am

OK, "they" can now grow human organs as long as they have an original scaffolding minus certain cells. They they add the cells they want and voila! a human kidney. But it still has to be treated with numerous chemicals along the way, and requires a period of maturation being told what to become and do by the adjoining cells to become a fully functional kidney. I'd balk at that kidney being transplanted into me until the process is as flawless as it can get.
And real meat that never saw an animal cannot be lab grown w/o using animal tissue as a foundation. Like the old joke when a professor claimed he could make a human from dirt. A  dissenter jeered, "Make yer own dirt! "

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Post by Lovebird on Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:33 am

https://blog.restaurantscanada.org/index.php/2018/02/07/would-you-cook-with-a-new-generation-of-protein-called-clean-meat/

Clean meat/fish and eggs as well as milk/cheese/gelatin... the latter probably coming to the stores first, as they are easier/cheaper to produce. Not compared to the real thing, just to the lab meat/fish.

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Post by Rig D on Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:57 am

Mastodon based gummy candy? Now that is a just a trifle on the spooky side.

A thought struck me while reading the article. Once "they" have mastered the ability to grow animal protein without animals, what will that do to much of the moral argument for the vegan community?
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Post by Paysan on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:47 am

Then the vegans will hare off (pardon the expression! Razz ) onto new moral grounds. Maybe protesting that farmers are destroying the earth by using cultivation of mono crops instead of more natural mixed plantings. Or seeking the death penalty for closet animal flesh eaters? Who knows?
BTW, Lovebird, there already exists a gelatin analog from the true marsh mallows, milk substitutes from plants, and rennet-free soy cheeses. (Tofu, anyone?)

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Post by Lovebird on Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:11 pm

Paysan wrote:
BTW, Lovebird, there already exists a gelatin analog from the true marsh mallows, milk substitutes from plants, and rennet-free soy cheeses. (Tofu, anyone?)

I know that there are plenty of vegan options already available but the ones I was referring to are made in a similar fashion as the lab meat/fish and are therefore animal based... hence not suited for true vegans. Smile

I did read in another article that the original lab meat was made by putting the cells in blood, which goes against the premise of not hurting animals to produce it. There is an alternative (lab made) but it's far too expensive at the moment. And it's not like they can create a good piece of meat like nature can, more likely to replace things like minced meat and such. What they intend to do in the long run is replace CAFO meat with 'clean meat'. At least that's what it said in the newspaper article (which wasn't in English).

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Post by Paysan on Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:55 pm

There IS a solution to CAFO meat - grass-raised 100% pastured animals. Except for far northern and southern or tropical areas where grass is at a disadvantage, most of our common meat animals can stay out and feed themselves from their grazing areas. Organically raised hay can fill in the hungry gaps. It's still the people who have to make the adjustments, not the critters, as this is their ancestral way of life.
Whether or not research experiments to re-invent the wheel (to better nature) remains an open question. I predict they'll fail, as we STILL don't know all the biology of our own bodies and their nutrient requirements.

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