Shmeat. Frankenmeat. Some vegans may consider this the holy grail, real cheese and real meat without the animal cruelty. Oddly enough, vegans may be more excited about this than meat eaters, already having been adjusted to substitutions and mock-meats for decades. Omnivores may have a more difficult time adjusting to the idea of food science (despite having been fed a diet of processed food-like materials for years).
So is frankenmeat the answer, or just another attempt we humans are making to justify our bad drug addictions?
First, lets explore how they are making, and intend to make Shmeat.
The Shmeat is created through a process similar to how we repair, and bulk up, our muscle tissue. They take muscle tissue core samples from a cow neck (kind of like a syringe biopsy) and then feed it fetal calf serum. Then they starve the cells, causing them to divide and then combine into muscle fibers called myotubes, and then it replicates again and again until they have enough. See VIDEO about how its made.
They seem to be coming from a good place, these scientists: “What people need to realize is that it will have a positive effect on many things, including animal welfare, because we would need to slaughter fewer animals, our efficiency with certain resources, and the environment,” (Professor Mark Post, Maastricht University).