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Would you eat 3D printed meat ?

By T.K. Randall
February 13, 2013 · Comment icon 67 comments



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As global meat consumption increases so too does scientific research in to artificially producing it.
Most people tend to turn their nose up at the very idea of eating artificial meat, something that has only achieved limited success so far. But what if quality meat that could be manufactured in a printing device became commonplace within the next decade or two - would you want to eat it then ? Unsurprisingly the concept isn't too popular at the moment, but if the artificial meat was good enough and it was proven that eating it would not induce any side effects then it is likely that such a product would eventually become accepted as the norm.

The human race currently utilizes more than 60 billion land animals to sustain our current meat requirements and by 2050 this could increase to more than 100 billion. With the tremendous amount of resources needed to keep this system going it is not a stretch to imagine a world where artificial meat is commonplace and organic meat products are a rare delicacy.[!gad]Most people tend to turn their nose up at the very idea of eating artificial meat, something that has only achieved limited success so far. But what if quality meat that could be manufactured in a printing device became commonplace within the next decade or two - would you want to eat it then ? Unsurprisingly the concept isn't too popular at the moment, but if the artificial meat was good enough and it was proven that eating it would not induce any side effects then it is likely that such a product would eventually become accepted as the norm.

The human race currently utilizes more than 60 billion land animals to sustain our current meat requirements and by 2050 this could increase to more than 100 billion. With the tremendous amount of resources needed to keep this system going it is not a stretch to imagine a world where artificial meat is commonplace and organic meat products are a rare delicacy.
Advances in bioengineering have been able to produce meat analogs, but the process has always been stupendously expensive, and the results were only passable. It turns out that itís actually very difficult to match the taste and texture of animal muscle tissue by growing cells in the lab.


Source: Geek.com | Comments (67)


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Comment icon #58 Posted by rashore 10 years ago
rashore, 3D printed meat IS meat grown from cultured cells, it's just the delivery system that's different! like the difference between walking to work or catching a bus. it's still YOU that arrives, just a little later. and sweatier..... :-) I know bioprinted meat uses cells just like regular grown meat. That's why I said if one thinks tank grown meat is not a suitable meat substitute for soya or quorn, then bioprinted meat would not be suitable either. Bioprinting is a fairly new technology not everyone knows about, growing chicken breasts in a tank is a notion people are already familiar wi... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by WoIverine 10 years ago
3-D printed meat? Hmmm... I just don't know how it could taste the same. IMO, soy and turkey burgers have come a long way since original introduction. I like turkey bacon a lot. But 3-D printed meat? What happens if they run-out of one the "inks" ? Sorry, sir, your steak is a little blue. Gah, I try to avoid soy at all costs, it will spike your estrogen production if your a guy, which isn't good if you want to stay in shape.
Comment icon #60 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
Gah, I try to avoid soy at all costs, it will spike your estrogen production if your a guy, which isn't good if you want to stay in shape. so, you don't fancy growing a pair of breasticles then wolverine? could be fun! although I should imagine the novelty would wear off pretty quickly..... :-)
Comment icon #61 Posted by Frank Merton 10 years ago
Distinguish between fermented soy products, which are probably quite good for you and have been consumed in Asia for ages and the newer unfermented soy products which aren't so good for women either -- there is an association with breast cancer.
Comment icon #62 Posted by thewild 10 years ago
how interesting...I'd like to learn more about the process
Comment icon #63 Posted by Mag357 10 years ago
Remember the movie "Soylent Green" with Charlton Heston? http://youtu.be/8Sp-VFBbjpE
Comment icon #64 Posted by MrSerendipity 10 years ago
The answer to the question,"Would you eat 3D printed meat"? has to be - why not, we're already eating horse meat aren't we!!
Comment icon #65 Posted by -M7 10 years ago
Eh...Maybe...
Comment icon #66 Posted by Sakari 10 years ago
I just want to know when I can start 3d printing women that I enjoy looking at on the internet....
Comment icon #67 Posted by ancient astronaut 10 years ago
What Side Dishes Could I get With My 3d Printed Meat???


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