The first step towards a world in which all of our food is grown in a test tube has been taken. Dutch scientists have now “grown” a hamburger derived from cow stem cells in a laboratory, setting the standard for new phony foods to replace traditional items.
The fake burger, grown by Professor Mark Post of Masstrict University in the Netherlands, was then cooked by a celebrity chef and served to two food critics in London. It has also been revealed that Google billionaire Sergey Brin financed the project, which was the result of Professor Post’s years of attempted stem cell growing.
This is the first time it has apparently been served in public. The meal in London was a publicity stunt designed to see how the public acceptions the new idea that someday all of their food may come from a test tube.
AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE: ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND AGRIBUSINESS
It isn’t clear if average citizens are willing to accept meat grown in a tube, but one group of citizens apparently are. The radical left wing animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), welcomed the new burger and praised its development. In a press release, they said it would mean the end of factory farming. The release even offers a reward for artificial chicken, reading:
“PETA is offering a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce and bring to market in vitro chicken meat.”
Sergey Brin told The Guardian newspaper that he spent $329,982 of his own money to bankroll the artificial meat experiment. Brin says that he bankrolled the experiment for animal welfare reasons. He said he is concerned about the welfare of cows raised for beef.
Brin’s altruism is to be viewed with skepticism here; he could easily sell the process to an agribusiness company for big bucks if it works. Or he could set up his own company and control the process. Google could now have control over what you eat as well as what you search. Basically, PETA will probably try to use the development of such techniques as a justification for efforts to ban all raising and slaughter of animals for meat. That would give whoever controlled the test tube meat process control over the world’s supply of protein.
(Anthony Gucciardi note: What you are seeing is the beginning of a ‘new Monsanto’ of sorts — the beginning of the international struggle to secure the new artificial food supply chain between the ultra wealthy. You can be sure Monsanto is already investing into this, as they are already working on biopharmaceutical crops which incorporate vaccines and pharmaceuticals into the crops themselves, but whoever truly attains control of the new artificial food world will eventually have even more power than Monsanto.)
TRADITIONAL FARMERS ‘COULD NOT COMPETE’
Dr. Post has told reporters that his process would use 90% less land and water and 70% less energy than traditional farming. In other words, agribusiness could churn out vast amounts of incredibly cheap meat for sale at Walmart and farmers wouldn’t be able to compete. Big agribusiness companies such as Monsanto would love this. That doesn’t sound like progress to me, and it makes me wonder about turning vegan.
The only good thing about this test-tube burger is that it is apparently years away from commercialization. There’s no word on if McDonald’s is interested, but I bet they are.