Lately we've been hearing more and more about so-called "test-tube burgers," or meat grown in a lab. Sure, it sounds terribly disgusting now, but we'll supposedly all be thankful for synthetic bacon in a Waterworld-like future in which we're eating bugs for protein. Today, the Telegraph gives a little explanation of how exactly the whole process works. Here's the basic overview: Pig muscle cells are extracted and put in a Petri dish, horse fetal serum is added, and growing muscle strips are stretched daily. Et voila, meat! Well, very pale, bloodless, ironless meat. And very small bits of it, since researchers are still figuring out how to get the cells to reproduce more than 20 to 30 times. Also, no one has been able to taste it yet because regulators are still worried about that fetal horse serum. But, see, don't you feel better about synthetic meat now? No? Neither do we, really. <The Telegraph>
Did you ever grow anything in the garden of your mind?
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The Navy is required to include comments on their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) re: the use of high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii and off the coast of California. According to their estimates it will deafen 11,200 whales and dolphins and kill 1,600 more over the next 7 years. Whales and dolphins depend on sound to navigate and live. Your signature and comment will have to be included in the EIS and could stop this Naval program, potentially saving the lives of these ocean creatures. The comments must be in by July 10, 2012.
That's why I signed a petition to U.S. Navy EIS Comments, which says:
"Stop the killing of 1,600 whales and dolphins and the deafening of 11,200 more by ceasing the operation of the Navy's underwater sound system in the Hawaiian Islands and California coastline."
Not only is it not nice to mess with mother Nature... it's deadly. These animals die for us, you'd think we'd revere them. It says something really unfortunate about the human species... and especially agriculture. Of course, raising and handling food animals humanely would put the price of it completely out of reach for most of the 99%. Seafood is being polluted. Poultry is treated worse than beef and pork. These are sad times. The obvious answer is going vegetarian. But not everyone, especially folks on renal diets, cannot get enough protein, without running up against calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, which build up in the blood and is in high quantities in dried food, like... almost all the grains. Going in the vegan direction and hoping for a technical solution to follow, might help.
Oh Lord above, send down a dove; With wings as sharp as razors; To cut the throats of them mean blokes; That sells bad beer to sailors.
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Mar 17, 2012 - 6:29pm
How to make a hamburger
CAUTION: graphic images of your meat
Just dreadful, but not, sadly, surprising, and the staff are abused as much as the cattle and the consumer.
I passed through Sioux City when I was younger, it was late july '88, the smell was everywhere. A few years later I read an article about the horrendous work practices in the enormous abattoir. Can't find that article, but here's something just as powerful.
Offal Makes Me Strong! Strong! Strong! Weak! Strong! Strong! Strong! Strong! Strong! Strong!