I read this article and it was unnerving to say the least. I think I would rather become a vegetarian .
"BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- It is not a sci-fi that humans can nurture meat like vegetables.
Scientists at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit are researching in-vitro meat--burgers or sausages grown in laboratory Petri dishes rather than made from livestock, according to a Reuters report last week.
They are nurturing stem cells got from leftover livestock meat from slaughterhouses. To make them grow up to meat, Mark Post, one of the researchers in the project, said they feed the stem cells with sugars, amino acids, lipids, minerals and all other necessary nutrients.
By now, pale muscle-like strips have been produced. But each strip, 2.5 cm long and less than a centimeter wide, is hardly seen with naked eyes.
Since there was no blood in the meat, it looked pale, a bit like the flesh of scallops, said Post.
As to how it tastes, Post said "it's not very tasty yet," but with the right amounts and right types of fat, perhaps a little lab-grown blood to give it color and iron, it would taste as good as real meat.
The first good-taste hamburger made from the "cultured" meat was expected to be produced by August or September next year, according to Tuomisto, who led the research.
As the world population mounting, the demand for meat is growing. According to the World Health Organization, annual global meat production is projected to increase from 218 million tons in 1997-1999 to 376 million tons by 2030
"Current livestock meat production is just not sustainable," Post told the Reuters, the man-made meat could be an alternative when meat from livestocks was not plenty enough to meet human's demand."