Million dollar burger

Rolf Coppens
May 1st 2008

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PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world's scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of fake meat at competitive prices will receive a check for $1 million. The figure was determined by calculating the number of chickens killed every hour in the U.S. (about 1 million).

My questions are: can vegetarians eat this fake meat? Could one prove that lab-grown burgers don't have feelings? And which meat will be faked first?

See also: The meat of tomorrow, Where it came from, They are made out of meat.

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10 comments

mk
Posted 16/05/2008 – 19:40

I disagree because they psychologically know that there was no death or suffering that went into thier meal. Done deal. And it is someone's choice-so if they choose to live in a manner that makes them more comforatble because their choices created less suffering and harm to other livng creatures-so be it. It is not yours to judge.

inlogic
Posted 12/05/2008 – 03:07

Then I would have to agree with you, only in the grounds that this person doesn't eat meat because of suffering inflicted on the animal. But the point I was trying to make, is that, through eating this fake-meat with the same taste and pattern, one would be, at least at psychological level (the one I intended since the beginning), recreating the death of this same animal, enjoying the pleasure of eating the same meat that on one's moral grounds should be forbidden, and that's where I see the Irony.

Amy
Posted 11/05/2008 – 23:44

Okay, let me put it more plainly.
From the article: "...flesh that doesn't cause suffering and death." So if someone objects to eating meat purely on the grounds that it comes from suffering and death, then why wouldn't they eat the fake, suffering-free stuff?

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