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Are stem cell burgers such a bad idea?

What’s in that burger?[/caption]Are stem cell burgers such a bad idea when we already have GM food, animals factory farmed in appalling conditions, and consumers who don’t really care where their food comes from as long as it is cheap and convenient?

Surely governments will make sure the food is safe and the marketeers will make the burgers look delicious.

And what about feeding the world? If current trends continue by 2050 there will be enough grain fed to animals to produce meat, that could instead feed half the world’s population?

Small profitable farm?

Small profitable farm?

I suppose it boils down to choice. I will certainly avoid stem cell burgers, factory farmed meat and milk and opt instead for local suppliers where I can find out how my food has been produced.

Extraordinarily enough not only will I find, and enjoy better food, I will also save money by buying direct and cutting out retailer, marketeer and middlemen margins. Your thoughts are welcome below.


  1. Liam says:

    Not that all of that statment will come true. The price supermarkets pay means they can undercut to out of business and then up they go again.

  2. matt says:

    Go local – thats the way
    Lack of produce is not the problem
    Waste (of food, portion size and fuel costs) is the problem methinks.

  3. The only people that I have seen comment on this issue are those dedicated to buying local produce; their habits will not change. However, those that continually opt for factory farmed produce purely based on cost are the ones who we really need to be targeting. Their choice is driven not by welfare or even taste, it’s about cost. Many people believe (wrongly, in my opinion) that they have a right to eat what they want and as much as they want; it comes down to a sense of entitlement (“why should I go without?”) and lack of education about welfare that has driven the intense farming solution to where it is today, and if in vitro meat is a solution to that problem, then I welcome it. If it means an end to suffering of live, sentient animals, and the demand for meat is going to increase exponentially, then it is certainly a solution that needs investigating. I just don’t think the mass public are prepared to reduce their consumption of meat and pay more for it to ensure the highest welfare across the board. It’s a pipe dream. In vitro is a solution to this problem.

    • bigbarnblog says:

      I agree, I would rather see consumers eat stem cell beef than meat from animals that have suffered. It is all about education and reconnecting people with where their food comes from. I personally don’t think people should eat meat unless they are willing to kill and prepare the meat they want to eat!

  4. foodgirluk says:

    I feel uncomfortable with the idea that we just keep playing with science to pander to our grossly out of control eating habits when that’s what needs to be curbed in the first place. We DO already produce enough food for everyone on the planet, we just have a very broken system in which we do not share or distribute it well or fairly. The planet is now host to an equal amount of obese and overweight people as it is to people dying of hunger and malnutrition! That is a disgusting statistic to think about. It screams GREED! I wrote a blog about this the day the tasting was broadcast…check out my thoughts, the bloomberg article written about it and the unveiling of the first tasting here

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