Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Test-tube hamburger will be produced this fall

In yesterday's Calgary Herald I read about the progress of the world's first "test-tube" meat, made from a cow's stem cells. The news was released at a symposium called The Next Agricultural Revolution in Vancouver.

Understandably, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) applauds the "Frankenburger" due to its lack of animal cruelty and reduced carbon footprint. All great reasons, but the modification of a food source at such a basic level- what research is being done on its impact on human health?

Having just read and been shocked at some of the claims about the unhealthy effects of modern wheat in the best selling book, Wheat Belly, I shudder to imagine where our engineering of "food" is going?

Would you eat a test tube burger?

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