The Vegetarian Society respond to whopping cost of the ‘McStem-Cell’
A burger created by Dr Mark Post using stem cells will be of interest to vegetarians across the globe. Vegetarians are as mixed a social group as any other so they have all sorts of different views on the prospect of laboratory-grown meat. Some are waiting with baited breath, keen to experience the taste and texture of meat without actually harming an animal, while others find the whole idea utterly repulsive.
We appear to be a long way from a marketable product but that doesn’t stop the whole concept of artificial meat being a hot topic in vegetarian circles. In a poll currently running on the Vegetarian Society’s website 79.86% (as of 5 August) have stated that they would not eat in vitro meat while 6.91% have said they would.
Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive at the Vegetarian Society, said:
There are also technical issues to take into account. The environmental impact of artificial meat production is not easy to estimate and the processes may rely heavily on the use of animals – as a starting point for cell cultures and in the growing medium. Presumably the end product would also be classed as a ‘novel food’ requiring animal testing to meet EU legislation. Looking at the potential products themselves, the closer they get to “the real thing” the more suspicious some consumers will become. Labelling would be absolutely key to developing trust and the food industry already has trouble providing vegetarians with transparent information about the provenance of certain products.
Source: The Vegetarian Society