|Lady Gaga shoes albeit making a different point about the political and the personal of meat, women and ethics|
For anyone who has ever doubted that their personal eating choices are a political act that matters:
The idea of in vitro 'meat':
The process involves extracting stem cells from a cow and soaking them in a nutrient-rich solution which converts them, with the aid of electrical impulses, into muscle cells. Those cells could be made into sausage or hamburger meat.Wasn't there a science fiction story about this sort of wacky convoluted thinking? I admit I don't eat meat - quite frankly, if I was put under duress to eat meat, I'd rather eat an occasional cow steak or chicken breast from a real once living creature than be faced with anything contrived in this Frankensteinan manner that seeks to de-couple food from nature and re-construct it as a manufacturing process.
The premise that energy and environmental requirements involved in Westerners eating as much meat as they do is a compelling one and one that is not new (thanks Susan George way back in 1976 with How the Other Half Die). However, it reads as dreadfully dangerous false reasoning to infer from this premise that test tube lab 'meat' is even one possible conclusion to draw.
Extreme makeover indeed.
Meanwhile back over on planet reason:
|Singer's seminal Ethics of What We Eat|