Food and Cuisine Dutch researchers grow fake meat from live pigs

Published on November 30th, 2009 | by Jennifer Lance


Artificial, Engineered Soggy Meat Grown in Netherlands Lab

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Engineered food has just taken another move towards science fiction:  artificial meat.  Researchers in the Netherlands have grown what they describe as “soggy pork” in a laboratory and believe it will be available for human consumption in about five years.   The artificial meat was grown from the live muscle tissue of a pig.

Photo by the pug fatherDutch researchers grow fake meat from live pigs

Dutch researchers grow fake meat from live pigs

Animal rights advocates, vegetarians, and environmentalists are apparently supporting this new development in engineered foods.  The Telegraph reports:

Mark Post, professor of physiology at Eindhoven University, said: “What we have at the moment is rather like wasted muscle tissue. We need to find ways of improving it by training it and stretching it, but we will get there.  This product will be good for the environment and will reduce animal suffering. If it feels and tastes like meat, people will buy it.  You could take the meat from one animal and create the volume of meat previously provided by a million animals.”

Considering the safety concerns of genetically engineered (GE) foods, I sincerely doubt environmentalists and vegetarians truly favor artificial meat.  Just this fall, the US District Judge Jeffrey White ruled the US illegally approved genetically modified sugar beets for agriculture and consumption, after 70 companies pledged to boycott GM sugar beets.  GE corn has been shown to cause infertility. The hazards of GE foods is well documented.  The Organic Consumers Association reports:

GE food and fiber products are inherently unpredictable and dangerous—for humans, for animals, the environment, and for the future of sustainable and organic agriculture. As Dr. Michael Antoniou, a British molecular scientist points out, gene-splicing has already resulted in the “unexpected production of toxic substances… in genetically engineered bacteria, yeast, plants, and animals with the problem remaining undetected until a major health hazard has arisen”. The hazards of ge foods and crops fall into three categories: human health hazards, environmental hazards, and socio-economic hazards.

What will be the consequences of genetically engineered, artificially grown meat?

Backed by the Dutch government, the artificial meat production is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Supporters also claim the GM meat would benefit the Third World; however, we have already seen starving nations reject donations of GM food based on scientific advice.  Do less-developed countries really deserve to be GM food experiments?

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Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play ( "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog:

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