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Could vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger?
Saw this one on the Beeb website and thought it would have been worth having an article on the main Reg site, cos I'm sure it would have triggered a lot of comment (veggies vs carnivores, that sort of thing):
I like meat but I eat Quorn as well (though there is no substitute for bacon). The article pushes the idea that vegetarians should get behind the idea of meat grown in the lab from animal cells (even live samples), because it would encourage the rest of us to move over.
I bet it isn't that simple. For my part, I find something disturbing about the notion of eating meat grown from a live sample. After all, if it is OK because nothing had to die, then it must be OK to try out Human Burgers. But I'd probably give it a whirl.
Re: Could vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger?
Testing the forum, as much as anything else.
I note that this isn't really news as the same stories surfaced in 2009 with respect to pork being grown in a lab.
The moral/ethical issue of basing it on human flesh was covered nicely in a short story by Arthur C Clarke - Food of the Gods.
Still, it would be nice to see the issues thrashed out by a bunch of pros.
I forgot to add that in 2009 it was also being pushed as something which would reduce carbon emissions.
main Reg site: vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger?
That does look like a good one to get the commentards going. Maybe I should get a poll going.
Sometimes we miss what may seem like obvious sitters - for the following reasons
We are short-handed - we've got 20 or so hacks, but sometimes we may have only one or two staff actually chasing breaking news - the others are working on stuff already.
Story breaks at the weekend - unless war is declared, we don't cover breaking news stories at the weekend.
We missed the release, are late to the party, and have nothing to add to the coverage.
But doesn't quorn give you breasts?
Texture is all wrong anyways - Tempeh is the way forward, if you must eat soy substitution products.
Re: But doesn't quorn give you breasts?
Oh, that's what they are :)
I agree texture is wrong for most things, but a spaghetti bolognese with quorn is just fine - and handy when one of the family is a veggie. I might check out tempeh for variety. Tried tofu once, but ech.
I think texture will only be right when they manage to put in the right amounts of pseudo fat and gristle.
Re: main Reg site: vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger?
I was pondering whether or not to e-mail the team and suggest a story, but then the new forums came up and it seemed to be a good excuse to try out them out.
Quorn? I fiddled with that for awhile.
No more. It's just not good eats. Waste of my time, and money.
Tempeh is a much better product ... I've served homemade black-bean based tempeh burgers to confirmed carnivores without letting 'em in on the secret, and they never commented.
Tofu works nicely as a meat analogue, if you do it right. Marinade 3/4 inch (2cm) slices of firm tofu in your favorite chicken marinade for 3-4 hours. Then dry it off, and press it by putting it between linen (not terrycloth!) kitchen towels, put a kilo/2pound bag of dried beans on top, then a cast iron skillet. Top it with a gallon tin of tomatoes (or other heavy-ish weight) for half an hour or 45 minutes to drive out some of the excess water. The beans mold the square edges into a more "meaty" profile. Grill it, or pan sear it in a very hot skillet in olive oil & butter, until it has a bit of caramalization and it is heated through, probably 2 or 2.5 minutes per side. Serve as you would boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
With that said, I typically use rice & beans as my main protein 5 days a week (or thereabouts). Seems easier, and is more flexible. The other two days we do various meats (with the leftover meat acting as part of the "seasoning" for the rice & beans). Needless to say, we're a good deal healthier than your average Yank ...
Re: Quorn? I fiddled with that for awhile.
Hmm. The tofu prep is a little too involved for me. But I've saved your instructions (assuming you permit - copyright and all :) ) in case one of my sprogs needs to know how to make something of the stuff.
You'd be better off chewing the rubber on your pencil (not a euphamism, but on reflection, that works, too)
No moral implications of eating human flesh for these two.
Re: No moral implications of eating human flesh for these two.
God, that's gross. Also seemed a bit kinky (A eating B's buttock flesh).
Interesting, though. I managed to watch up to the point where they were talking about smelling it before eating and I had to kill it - revulsion was beginning to set in.
Re: No moral implications of eating human flesh for these two.
That's just daft.
If you want to see what humans taste like, eat pork.
There's more than one type of veggie
Any form of meat production is likely to be grossly inefficient, maybe a bit better than whole cows but still wasteful. Some veggies see that as a motivation in a world where food costs are rising.
Many of course are bozos, persuing an over romanticised ideal that ignore the basic biology that we not only can eat meat but as omnivores we do need to consume at least some.
Then again a friend of mine is an Oxford PhD biologist who just finds cows disgusting.
Eating human flesh does have a moral dimension, depending upon your ethical system of course.
There are diseases like Kuru which have evolved to exploit cannibalism and mad cow disease seems to have come about because recycling of non-food grade meat into animal feed was a short enough cycle that something could survive and evolve to exploit this new "environment".
That means cannibalism creates a form of pollution, helping undesirable organisms evolve, indeed as we recycle more, we can expect stuff like that this to happen more.
Re: There's more than one type of veggie
So no Soylent Green in our future then?
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