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8-29-05 New Technology - Meat without Animals- Test Tubes! I Remember the 1940’s!

….My grandfather, Cliff Dawson, died in 1949.  He never had a television, indoor plumbing and most of his meats were grown and slaughtered on the family farm.   My grandmother, Mama Hassie Dawson, died in 1955, never seeing space flight, experiencing an airline flight or knowing of any artificial insemination of animals on the family farm.

Things and times change.  

AVOC

 

August 27, 2005

 

New Technology - Meat without Animals- Test Tubes

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

Some things just catch one’s attention.  A link on Drudge recently led to an August 15, 2005, report by Local 6 TV News in Central FL about Meat without Animals. http://www.local6.com/news/4851623/detail.html

 

At first glance, it seems far-fetched.  Then I think back over my time of living life in seven decades and realize that change does come and frequently.

 

I remember the days of out-door toilets, gardens, farm animals for food, and even “ice boxes”.  All of that changed over the years.  The end of WW II brought our first family refrigerator; then an indoor bathroom and eventually food that came more and more from the grocery store.  In my younger adult life, like many others, I enjoyed planting, cultivating and harvesting a small vegetable garden in my back yard.  As more houses came, and deer and rabbits were pushed into smaller places –like the woods on the back of my lot, gardening became less productive and less fun.

 

Others of my age have also stopped gardening in sizable quantities.   I often joke that, “… Kroger’s, Publix and Bells have the best and biggest gardens in Oconee County!”  I am always amazed at the meats, fruits, vegetables etc available in all seasons.   Canning has become a lost art.

 

My grandfather, Cliff Dawson, died in 1949.  He never had a television, indoor plumbing and most of his meats were grown and slaughtered on the family farm.

 

My grandmother, Mama Hassie Dawson, died in 1955, never seeing space flight, experiencing an airline flight or knowing of any artificial insemination of animals on the family farm.

 

Things and times change.   Meat without animals would drastically change the landscape with less cows grazing.   Poultry and pork may no longer be grown in cramped quarters.

 

FAR FETCHED?  Today, maybe.  Tomorrow, time will tell.

 


 

 Researchers in the U.S. say the technology now exists now to produce processed meats such as burgers and sausages, starting with cells taken from cows, chickens, pigs, fish or other animals.

 

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Local6.com

http://www.local6.com/news/4851623/detail.html

            Central Florida

 

DRUDGE REPORTS: http://www.drudgereport.com/

 

August 15, 2005

 

Researchers Aim To Grow Meat In Test Tube

 

A research team is proposing a new technique that would allow meat to be grown in a laboratory for mass consumption, according to a report.

 

Researchers in the U.S. say the technology now exists now to produce processed meats such as burgers and sausages, starting with cells taken from cows, chickens, pigs, fish or other animals

 

Growing meat without the animal would not only reduce the need for the animals -- which often are kept in less than ideal conditions -- but may also address a number of environmental ills blamed on meat production.

 

Cultured meat could also be tailored to be healthier than farm-raised meat, while satisfying the increasing demand for protein by the world's growing population, proponents say.

 

Industrializing the process could involve growing muscle cells on large sheets or beads suspended in a growth medium.

 

Once the cells have grown enough, they could be scraped off and packaged. If edible sheets or beads are used, all of it could be eaten.

 

But butchers and vegetarians are just two groups of people who are yet to be convinced.

"To he honest anything they can do with test tubes or whatever, it can't be made," butcher Rodney Macken said.

 

"I don't like eating a cow that's been pumped full of growth hormones that artificially grow it so it gets onto our plates quicker," a diner said. " I would feel the same about a lump of meat that had been pumped full of chemicals and that had been artificially modified."

 

 Internet Broadcasting Systems and Local6.com.


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