Jennifer Lake's Blog

October 18, 2009

Cheeseburger In Paradise


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“In vitro meat” is coming! Not an imitation ‘mock meat’, but real meat grown in the lab that will hopefully appeal to vegans and vegetarians as well as die-hard carnivores. The purveyors of in-vitro-meat are working hard to overcome the obstacles of scale-production, cost and the biological requirements of animal-like texture and taste. wow…The idea of Dutchman Willem van Eelen, who thought it up languishing in a WWII Japanese POW camp, is now a “dream coming true” with the help of the In Vitro Meat Consortium and the U.S. non-profit ‘New Harvest’ organization. All they need are stem cells and support for the research, and by the looks of it, a lot of research help is going to be needed. It’s not only expensive to re-invent nature, it’s tricky.

Jimmy Buffett surely won’t mind me borrowing the title of one of his most famous songs since he is a dedicated fundraiser for ecological causes. And when Utopia comes, well, we’re all hoping for a luscious menu, aren’t we? Nobody I know is very turned on by the the thought of Soylent Green, but eerily, the problems of in-vitro-meat are more Soylent Green-like than we’re being led to expect. According to this article in Scientific American, critics and skeptics within the science community note that “in the past three decades, scientists have only succeeded in deriving embryonic stem cell lines from two animal species: the mouse in 1981 and the human in 1998.”  Controllable stem cells, because of their rapid growth, are essential to making an industry out of this vision. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=test-tube-pork

Making an industry with in-vitro-meat, however, is a primary and compatible goal of One-Worldism. They know you can’t live on fruit so they’re busily working to solve the problems. “In 2005 the Dutch government granted three universities and a Dutch meat processor owned by Smithfield Foods two million euros over four years to develop Eelen’s idea”, but the leading researcher, Bernard Roelen, has “so far..only produced fat and cartilage” and the only workable nutrient culture-medium is “derived from cow blood” although “alternatives exist but they are far too costly for food production”. So, if the world crises get too pressing and the in-vitro-meat technical problems are solved, but the damned pork/bovine stem cell thing just isn’t happening, what are the chances they’ll choose either ‘mouse’ or ‘human’ and go with a winner?…um, I’d call that an executive business expedient on a need-to-know basis.

In case we forget from day-to-day just how much trouble we’re in, the Scientific American reiterates the U.N.’s position on global warming, “The methane burps of 56 billion farm animals..are a significant contributor to climate change..”

Meet the Consortium, http://www.invitromeat.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-vitro_meat

In the mid-1960s, a popular science writer named Gordon Rattray Taylor published a book called “The Biological Time Bomb” aimed at posing the social questions on behalf of the public that advances in science and technology were inevitably to present. If one was suspended in time, the issues appear  contemporary. In other words, the public comprehension is at least forty years behind the technology. This time-gap seems nearly about right in other areas of concern besides biology, like weather control and high-energy physics. Things like in-vitro-meat sound like solution-oriented applications of benevolently motivated activists, but this is last-stage accomplishment in the creation of genuine cyborg and synthetic lifeforms and the public discussion has completely missed the proper communication of micobial intelligence.

Mr. Taylor saw Transhumanism coming, and so did the biologists even decades before him. Knowledge about our general intelligence and the mechanisms of memory and learning have a structure encoded in the genetic matrix. Taylor highlighted the ‘chemical’ nature of memory and the promising researches done up to his publication indicating that RNA is the repository of memory, or its facilitator. Memory, in these terms, is described as a characteristic quality dependent on protein synthesis. RNA injection and interference experiments bore out significant impacts on memory and learning. How this relates to human diet is not directly addressed but he does not skip the issues of cannibalism that were part of this experimental milieu, stating that in a lower species “sensational” results of enhanced learning were displayed by cannibalistic feeding. Ohhh….ecologically responsible Smart Burgers. I can see it now, after the culling of course.

News http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2008347/Test-tube-burger-coming-soon-Lab-grown-meat-needed-feed-world.html

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