March 16, 2012

SCIENCE!! Comics - Episode Five, "Would you eat test tube meat?"

This week! Would you eat test tube meat?

This week's comic was based on several recent news articles about test tube meat, or "in vitro meat" (it's not actually grow in a test tube). Ground meats grown in vitro are probably not far from our grocery store shelves (it's harder to grow meat in the shape of drumsticks, steaks, etc.). They could help provide protein for a world population that's emptying the oceans of fish and crowding the surface with livestock, but are they a good solution? (Scientifically, probably. Economically, we don't know yet.)
New Harvest, which is trying to grow in vitro meat, has an FAQ about how it works.

Posted By: Winifred Kehl, Communications