As someone who follows a plant-based lifestyle and oftentimes falls into the category of “vegan”, I have given a lot of thought as to whether or not I support the production of lab grown meat.
From an animal welfare perspective, lab grown meat would essentially (one day) eliminate the exploitation of animals for consumption of their bodies - WIN! Although currently it would not be considered vegan, due to the use of stem cells involved in its production.
I will admit, the consumer in me who supports GMO labeling and organic farming is a bit turned off by the idea of eating something grown strictly in a lab. The dietitian in me who understands the connection between animal products and disease, is also a little skeptical about it all. What will the nutrient profile look like? Is there a way to isolate the saturated fat and remove it? Is that even something we want to do (further emphasizing the idea of Frankenstein meat)?
However, the fact remains that we as a society simply cannot continue to rely on the massive amount animal agriculture that we currently use. Our choices are catapulting us towards environmental devastation. David Katz reported that if everybody on the planet ate a paleo diet we would need 15 planets to sustain our current population! Thank god for vegans, right?!
Bottom line, it’s not sustainable and it’s downright irresponsible to be touting a diet that is so grossly unsustainable. We need to think beyond ourselves and for future generations to come.
Which brings me to my point (yes, I have one). Is lab grown meat the future?
In a follow up interview with the Epoch Times, I explored some of these questions to help weigh in on the topic.
Check out the full article below and let me know what you think in the comments section! Are you pro-lab grown meat? Or is it too much like something you’d see on the sci-fi channel?