Pacific Spirit Marine Institute
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Would you eat a salmon that grows 10 to 30 times faster than a normal one? How about a nice piece of fried chicken that was grown from cells in a lab?
PETA is offering $1 million dollars to anyone that is able to produce an in vitro chicken meat product and sell it to the public by June 30, 2012.
Is it any wonder the Mayan calendar stops in December of 2012? Maybe the Mayan had a vision of what was to come and decided it just wasn’t worth going on to 2013.
In the PETA competition, the challenge is not only to grow the meat, but it must taste good and sell for a competitive price when compared to real chicken. If you’re interested in tossing your skillet and your gene splicers into the ring, you’ll need to also obtain the fried “chicken” recipe from the vegcooking.com website.
Your in vitro stem cell chicken meat will have to taste great bathed in this batter and submitted to the judges! No doubt, using the same ‘fry’ recipe is meant to put everyone on an even playing field. Most of us however don’t have the first clue as to how to splice a gene or harvest a stem cell from a chicken; average Joe need not apply.
In vitromeat uses animal stem cells placed in a medium to grow and reproduce. According to the PETA website, some promising steps have been made toward this technology.
Whether or not the public will eat meat grown in a dish from a few cells, would perhaps depend on how hungry they become. It may also depend on whether or not they would ultimately know the origins of the meat.
Art Thanks: Lauren Barnes
Labels: PETA, genetically altered fish, gentically modified, in vitro meat, meat stem cells, million dollar meat
© 2009, Pacific Spirit Marine Institute.
Would you eat a steak grown in a petri dish?