02/11/2011 11:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Why Everyone Should Eat Lab-Grown Meat

The future is now, as a tissue engineer and development biologist at the Medical University in South Carolina has created turkey meat, without killing a turkey to get it. That's a good thing, right?

After several years, Vladimir Mironov has created turkey muscle in his lab. Of course, for turkey to taste good, he's got to create turkey fat, and to plump up that butterball, he's going to need a vascular system for that fake turkey. So he's got a ways to go before we're all eating manufactured meat on Thanksgiving.

We could all be waiting a while to see the results of this fake meat project, due to the anemic funding its gotten. But if completed, the study's findings could benefit the environment and help feed populations that cannot afford animals for consumption. The main challenge to securing the funding needed to move forward, of course, is the distaste for manufactured meat.

But I say this fake meat thing could be fab! Here's why:

  1. Vegetarians can say goodbye to those dry, inedible veggie burgers. It's not a real animal, so no qualms about hacking it up and having it for dinner!
  2. No worries about blood, guts, bacteria, and other nasties poisoning your meat supply and, therefore, your family.
  3. No greenhouses gases eating the ozone via cow farts.
  4. No explaining to your kids the difference between your family dog and the pig you eat.
  5. No more wondering if science has finally gone too far. The answer is a resounding "yes."

You know Taco Bell will be first in line to start serving up the fake meat, and surely it's better than what we currently call a "chicken nugget."

Would you eat lab-meat?

Written by April Peveteaux for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.