Human cultured meat: Would you eat?
There’s a lot of buzz about in vitro meat. The idea is to grow animal muscle cells in tissue culture for human consumption. This could be helpful for the various space-faring scenarios on Charlie’s blog, and for respecters of animal rights who enjoy the taste of meat. Norwegian researchers aim for “a large-scale process industry for the production of muscle tissue for human consumption.” They claim to be near producing hamburger at reasonable prices. And PETA offers a $1 million prize for the first in vitro chicken for sale.
But if we’re culturing meat, why not go the whole way? Why not culture human flesh? Some human societies practice ritual consumption of dead relatives, or of placenta. Placental flesh is already used for research and drug production. (Parents: When your child was born, did you ever ask the hospital what they did with the placenta? Check a molecular biology supply catalog.)
So why not culture human cells for meat? The nutrients would be balanced perfectly for human growth. And it tastes sweet.
Would you eat it?