In this TED Talk, Andras Forgacs talks about the notion of using animal cells to produce meat (and Leather) instead of breeding and killing so many animals. Basically, this process known as biofabrication works by performing a biopsy to safely extract cells from an animal, growing the cells, making them produce collagen and then spreading the cells and their collagen to form different shapes – or in the case of making leather, forming sheets. Biofabrication has already proven to be a viable process for creating fleshy body parts in the medical field, so it is a reasonable step to making meat products.
Do you see any substantial benefits (or setbacks) to biofabricating meat?
Recently, Reuters posted an article discussing the World Health Organization’s classification of processed meat as a carcinogen. When this classification came out, news sources pointed out that these meats were placed on the same level of carcinogen as plutonium.
However, as this report discusses, the group that the WHO consulted to make this classification does not have levels of severity regarding carcinogens. The levels they use are carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, and not carcinogenic. Therefore, even though bacon may possess carcinogens, it likely does not contain as many as toxic items such as cigarettes or plutonium.
What do you think? Does this criticism of the classification raise doubts about the adverse effects of processed meats? Or should we still attempt to stay away from these meats?
Many people are unaware of the damage eating meat does to one’s body and health. This has been misunderstood for a number of years now. It is important to note that I am in no way judging anyone who does eat meat because not everyone is knowledgeable about the effects. Eating meat is not only animal cruelty, but also extremely unhealthy. Studies have shown that consumption of meat can leads to cancer, heart disease and many other diseases. Consumption of meat can also lead to erectile disfunction in men. The link below further discusses these issues.