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In a podcast accompanying the article, Specter acknowledges there is “ghoulish” aspect to “lab meat,” but notes that industrial-scale livestock husbandry is ghoulish, as well. He then ticks down the benefits, beyond the ethical one of having meat without slaughterhouses, if this technology can prove profitable. These include less demand for land and pesticides, fewer emissions of methane and more options for developing foods without harmful health impacts.
I’m all for pushing forward on such explorations — along with related efforts to raise shrimp or salmon in closed systems. Yes, having a shrimp “factory” on the outskirts of Las Vegas undercuts the romanticism attending the wordlocavore. But I can live with that if it means more mangroves and healthier waterways.
I also stick with my Dot Earth proposal that foie gras should be the first profitable example of cultivated meat given the super-proliferative nature of liver tissue and the ethical questions related to conventional production of this delicacy.
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