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The Key Questions About Clean Meat

Posted January 25, 2017 12:00 AM by Hannes
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As HUSH told us last year, the idea of synthesized meat isn’t a new one—it was first pioneered over 85 years ago. Now, almost four years after the first-ever cultured burger in 2013, numerous start-up companies are looking to enable mass production of cell-cultured meat, also known as clean meat, or (less charitably) shmeat.

Clean meat is produced by extracting live cells from a live animal (usually a cow at this stage in the game) and growing them into a tissue and then a muscle. Producers tout that if it ever reaches the grand scale they envision, the industry could produce meat with no need for antibiotics or hormones, no senseless animal suffering, and 90% less greenhouse gas emissions. Even if a hypothetical version of the clean meat industry is only a fraction of that envisioned by its supporters, it could be a win-win for the environment and consumers.

While producers have only managed a slightly off-putting burger and some shmeatballs, cell-cultured chicken, turkey, and even milk and eggs are possible. Imagining a clean meat industry seems to raise more questions than answers, though. Supporters claim shrinking the livestock industry could free up valuable land for other types of farming, but how simple would it be to “convert” this land, if it’s possible at all? What happens to the existing livestock? Do we care for domesticated animals for a generation then let them go extinct?

Perhaps the biggest question facing clean meat in the US is its regulation, and which agency will do the regulating. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees meat, eggs, and poultry, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees food additive safety and “biologics,” which includes products made from human tissues and cells. Some see clean meat as straddling both agencies. According to a White House memo, the government has been working to clarify regulation of biotechnology products since 2015. Given that the USDA and FDA guidelines were last updated in 1992, it seems like the time has come. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has also been at work on enhancing regulation of biotech products since the middle of 2016.

While it might seem far-fetched to even be discussing widespread clean meat production, it might be closer than it seems. Clean meat start-up Memphis Meats hopes to be selling cultured meatballs, sausages, and hot dogs within the next five years, and clean-dairy company Perfect Day is shooting for providing cow-free dairy products by the end of this year.

Of course, most consumers know that none of this really matters until we actually taste clean meat and find it a close-enough alternative to the real thing. Until that day comes it’s all speculation.

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01/25/2017 12:18 PM

This definition of "clean" has zero to do with the current "clean food" mov-ement/trend/whatever you'd call it. I interpret that kind of clean food as non-GMO, no hormones, no additives ... that kind of thing. Not manufactured meat.

Ironic that I'm eating lunch (frozen cheese enchiladas) as I type this and I'm rapidly losing my appetite . Nothing to do with the enchiladas.

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01/25/2017 1:47 PM

One human burger, please.

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01/25/2017 3:30 PM

Makes me want to try tofurkey!

Soylent green, anyone?

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01/25/2017 8:45 PM

Shmeat shmeat smells like feet I don't want to eat it but it tastes so sweet....finally we can get those burgers down below a dollar....Bacterial cake for dessert?

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01/26/2017 5:01 AM

This is a bizarre way to get rid of farmers, cows, pigs and chickens just to free up land for more houses, military bases, warehouses and the ilk. I see in the UK good pasture land is given up for acres of solar farms as farming is a bit of a costly subject for Brits.

Unfortunately green house gas will remain or increase, as people will still need to break wind, so I guess the human will be next for modification! And how will we know if we are eating beef and not the neighbours kids? The realm of science is going just too far to maintain their jobs. Cow free dairy products? Then actually, by definition, it is not dairy product! Will the world be conn'd into this madness?

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01/26/2017 6:38 AM

"and find it a close-enough alternative to the real thing"

As an avid meat eater and connoisseur of fine steaks, I can assure you, close-enough, won't cut it.

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01/26/2017 7:02 AM

How does half a dozen people in a lab with funding manage to lead populations up the garden path? Have people become so stupid, lazy and pathetic.

Put them all on drip feeds with artificially flavoured, vitamin enhanced solutions that are supplied in recyclable plastic bags. It will save so much time and effort and one should never need to clean you teeth or have a need for a dishwasher, cutlery or dinner service. One could turn the redundant kitchen into a spare bedroom or handy workshop or recycling centre for plastic solution bags. It is a win win win!

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01/26/2017 10:54 AM

Soylent Green is made out of people.

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01/26/2017 11:53 AM

I hear the company closed down due to health concerns and reopened as as health food concern in Detroit as Soyha Been Milk and Meat products. Their products were 100% guaranteed not to contain traces of nuts,...... or other scientific experiments, however, their products also did not contain much milk or meat.

They also farmed coconuts in huge pastures. They were milked twice a day at the specially designed in house state of the art coconut dairy. Also farming of polyunsaturates was a huge success for them, as they were farmed for their 'looks like butter' and marg arines.

Even though their gluten was free to the public, it was mainly farmed for fertiiser and feed for the pastures and coconuts

Thinking about it now,(+_+_+_??) {That is a think pattern}, they also went through a lot of staff each week and tourists and school outings. Do you think, (+_+_+_??)? No, they didn't did they?

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01/26/2017 12:18 PM

They wouldn't....

But then, it tastes a lot like chicken.

On the positive side, it's nut-free, so I'm safe.

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01/26/2017 12:19 PM

U g h h ... "synthesized meat" ... just another "brick-in-the-wall" / "piece-of-the-puzzle".

Companies such as DuPont, Pioneer, Syngenta, Dow, BASF, and with Monsanto at the forefront, have every intention of (slowly-but-surely) helping to achieve fulfillment/realization of "Commandment #1" of the New World Order {a.k.a. "One World Socialism"}.

The purported justification or their "research" (being pushed as "a good thing") is to "ensure an adequate food supply for our booming population", when, in fact, there are those at the core of such efforts who harbor a much more sinister purpose [population reduction by whatever means {<plural} necessary].

That will one day include their ultimate "Joker Venom"

Monsanto's {inside/Corporate} motto is: "Let no seed be sown that we don't own." a.k.a. "Let no FOOD be grown that we don't own."

Catherine Bertini, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, said (at the U.N.) "Food is power! We use it to change behavior. Some may call that bribery. We do not apologize" [...She was "holding back"...!!!]

Those who go about their daily lives believing (or wanting to believe) that "all's well" and "there ARE NO conspiracies" will regret living with their heads in the sand one day.

For about a year, my favorite "quick-before-morning-workout-breakfast" consisted of a microwaved croissant; until I read the fine-print {almost illegible black-on-red}, clear to the bottom:

Now, I am going "all-out" to avoid ANY such thing ... "Give me a home-made black-bean-burger ANY day", over an "unknown".

[ If I ever hear that "olive oil" has "lost the fight", I shall be relegated to munching the beans "raw"...!]

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01/26/2017 1:03 PM

The croissants sound like all good stuff, what's the problem....? You rely on too much information from the "Silent Spring" movement of people who are afraid of everything, but know nothing....Their lives are ruled by ignorance and fear....here's some breaking news for you, you're going to die no matter what you do or eat, or think or say, or eat or don't eat....get used to the idea....the lack of stressing over these things will add years to your life.....

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01/26/2017 1:41 PM

How the croissants/burger bun comes out in home made Ethiopian style.

How it starts. All cooked over an open wood fire on the driveway. No GM here, just good old fashioned farm style Addis Ababa city cooking. You need a big burger patty for this bun.

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01/26/2017 3:33 PM

Don't worry...keep that head in the sand, and you will be fine...

There is a difference between being wary (or skeptical) and being "ruled by ignorance and fear". When your doctor tells you that "You need to go on this...{drug}", do you follow the Nike slogan and "Just do it"...? [Not me, and I'm still here... unlike more than 100,000 each year for the past few years, dying from prescription drugs...]

T H E S E (below) all "sound_good" too, don't they?

We'll just put Margaret Sanger's followers (Planned Parenthood) in charge of #1 & #2, make Anonymous Poster or Anonymous Poster #1 responsible for #3, Hillary Clinton on the throne with #4, the U.N. in full control of 5&6... and, YOU feel free to assign the remainder (perhaps the kingpin-author of Agenda 21, for #10?)

You are 100% correct in repeating that childhood aphorism: "you're going to die no matter what you do or eat" ...

How-some-ever, that is NOT a philosophy by which to live, and anybody who can read knows that.

In the great cosmic battle [between "good" and "evil"] we all have to make choices as to "Who our General is", and get behind Him. ((For many of us, such decisions need to be made every day, or even multiple times each day.)) One cannot make "good choices" (as to "who" or "what" is deserving of our support) unless we are capable of distinguishing between right and wrong. "Relativism" is a 'heroin-fix' for individuals who are simply (in their own minds, anyway) incapable of doing/thinking/saying anything wrong. Wisdom IS a gift, for anyone who truly wants it. But (for all-too-many) it is a "bitter pill to swallow".

"PS" ~ "the lack of stressing over these things will add years to your life" goes without saying ... "preaching-to-the-choir", here...<wink>

"Cheers" ~ !

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01/26/2017 4:11 PM

It's a game for children, I'm old, I don't have time to worry about how it's going to happen, and the proof is in the pudding....It's easy to complain all day when you're healthy and well fed, but only a fool does it....

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01/26/2017 2:58 PM

The healthiest way to go, is actually to eat nothing for 20~30 days.

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01/26/2017 3:51 PM

Well ... "dunno" about pushing it to 20~30 days ... but there are most certainly dozens of scriptural calls for fasting (it being "effective" in MORE WAYS than simply promoting physical health...)

AND, just *yesterday* (Jan 25, 2017), acknowledgement of benefits came from an ... "unexpected" source...

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