Will Montanans Eat Meat Grown in a Lab?
The FDA recently completed it's first steps in "pre-market consultation for human food made using animal cell culture technology". That means meat grown in a lab using animal cells. This is something that is out of a Science Fiction movie, or cartoon. There will be more steps that will need to be taken before the lab grown meat will be featured on a dinning room table in Montana.
Montana has some of the most amazing "grass fed beef" in the country, in my opinion. A few years ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to buy a quarter cow, and it was fantastic. It was an investment, and for me and my family it was worth it. I was supporting our Montana ranchers.
I recently asked the question online, "Would you eat meat grown in a lab?". I've lived here long enough to have guessed the answers I would get. Overall the resounding answer was "no".
Not one person who responded online said that they were willing to eat meat that was grown in a lab. Some were more polite than others. I have tried the "Impossible Whopper" from Burger King, which is a "plant-based burger". I can, honestly, say it was good, but then again I probably defeated the purpose by having them add bacon and cheese. I do feel like I expanded my horizons by at least ordering something plant-based. I don't know if I am ready to eat meat that is grown in a lab, yet. I can tell you that some of the food that I ate in my school lunches when I was a kid in the '70s and '80s was probably way worse than what they are going to come up with in a lab these days. So are you ready to eat meat that has been grown in a lab? It will be happening sooner than you think.