This is a first for me with stem cells having potential to create food. What is also amusing are the final comments here with the scientist stating, well with everything else we eat today, this shouldn’t be a problem. Actually the process of growing pork in a dish has gone on for a while, but adding the stem cell portion is a bit now. It does not have the texture of real port and probably is more like tofu. The article says it would take 30 days to grow a pork chop, so if this goes further, it sounds like you would need to do some planning for your meals (grin). BD
Fish stem cells could be used to produce healthy omega 3 fatty acids and it can go into a mix to take the place of the normal artery clogging fat. The scientists though are not eating the stuff themselves yet, so not ready for prime time yet. I guess if they move into the cow area with this we would be able to put a limit on cow flatulence. It was mentioned that in areas where food is difficult to come by with raising animals, this could offer an alternative down the road for feeding people too. I’ll not hold my breath on this one. BD
Call it pork in a Petri dish — a technique to turn pig stem cells into strips of meat that scientists say could one day offer a green alternative to raising livestock, help alleviate world hunger, and save some pigs their bacon.
Dutch scientists have been growing pork in the laboratory since 2006, and while they admit they haven't gotten the texture quite right or even tasted the engineered meat, they say the technology promises to have widespread implications for our food supply.
"If we took the stem cells from one pig and multiplied it by a factor of a million, we would need one million fewer pigs to get the same amount of meat," said Mark Post, a biologist at Maastricht University involved in the In-vitro Meat Consortium, a network of publicly funded Dutch research institutions that is carrying out the experiments.