Lab-Grown “Meat” Is Coming to Stores and Restaurants Near You

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In case you’ve been hoping new foods like insects or lab-grown “meat” would go away on their own, lab-grown “chicken” has just been approved for sale by the USDA.  Two companies, Upside and Good Meat, will be producing their meat-like product for high-end restaurants soon. 

We wrote a few months ago about how consumers have not expressed interest in novel proteins.  People around the world just want meat.  However, this push to change our diet doesn’t seem like it’s going away, so let’s first look at what this product actually is and why we’re being told we should eat it.

What is “lab-grown meat?”

Lab-grown meat, which will be labeled in stores as “cell-cultivated,” is a highly processed product that mimics the taste and texture of real meat.  Proponents claim it will save the environment and end animal cruelty   The truth, however, is a little more complicated.

Scientists begin by taking cell samples, either from live animals or from stored cellular lines, and place them in a soup of amino acids, sugars, salts, and other compounds needed by the animal tissue to replicate.  In about three weeks, sheets of muscle tissue will be present in the fermentation tanks, and these are used to create dishes that look like they contain meat.

So, first of all, these are not vegan products.  Scientists are taking actual animal cells and forcing them to replicate.  Additionally, fetal bovine serum is one of the ingredients used in making these products.  Ever heard of fetal bovine serum?  It’s made with blood from calf fetuses. FBS is obtained by killing pregnant cows along with their calf fetuses, which means that not only is cell-cultivated meat not acceptable for vegans, but it’s also not acceptable for people that insist on humane animal husbandry.

And let’s think about what else is in the soup that feeds the growing animal cells.  As explained by Alan Lewis in the Environmental Health Symposium last year, the soup in which the animal cells are cultured contains sugars and amino acids, which largely come from corn and soy.  These crops are almost exclusively grown in huge monocultures with all their attendant health and environmental concerns.

And then we have the energy and industrial facilities required to produce this product.  Even proponents of cell-cultivated meat admit that, as our energy grid currently stands, cell-cultivated meat has a far larger carbon footprint than any kind of livestock system. 

They say this “meat” is ethical, but it’s not.

Trying to pretend that these food products are the ethical equivalent of a pastured, custom-processed chicken from the farm outside your metro area is incredibly misleading.

This strikes me in particular because, for years, I had a small side business producing truly pastured, custom-processed chickens.  I still produce them for my own household. 

Claiming industrially produced meat-like products are somehow more ethical than the chickens raised outside my back door, on feed produced two hours away and then processed behind my shed, is not only insulting but absurdly wrong.  The carbon footprint going into my birds is minuscule compared to the carbon footprint involved in these energy-intensive industrial facilities.    

And I’m willing to bet that my chickens taste a lot better, too.

So, why is lab-grown meat being pushed so hard?

Why the push for this stuff, especially when, as noted before, people don’t really want it?

We’ve already discussed the way in which driving conventional farmers and ranchers out of business will consolidate the food supply into the hands of a few very powerful players. And while I think those points are as valid as ever, there are a few other things I’d like to consider here.

This push away from animal husbandry, this drive to demonize conventional farmers and ranchers, has been taking its cues from the climate movement.  And climate activists talk like scientists but think like religious zealots.  A high percentage of the world’s population that considers itself educated has very little real connection with nature and its systems; they idealize nature while at the same time avoiding getting their hands dirty.  This disconnection from living, breathing, eating, copulating, and killing nature makes them easy prey for whatever scheme the folks looking to capitalize on climate alarmism come up with.  

Promoters of lab-grown meat are part of this.  They have an emotional reaction to much of what goes into conventional meat production, and when you confront them about the use of a product like FBS, they just insist that they’re working on it, the usage is temporary, and a more ethical solution is just around the technological corner.

Maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.  There are so many trade secrets involved in these high-tech formulations that it’s actually pretty hard to find out what, precisely, goes into these highly bioengineered food products.  What we do know is that these facilities are astoundingly expensive and complicated, and to produce cell-cultivated chicken at a scale even close to the current demand for chicken is completely unrealistic.  But, to the true believer, that’s all beside the point because they operate on faith.

It’s also worth thinking about this approval of cell-cultivated chicken within the framework of kamikaze marketing, as Daisy’s previously discussed.  In America, as most of us over-40s understood it, companies exist to make money, and so when products flop, one would expect the folks at corporate headquarters to shift gears.  This doubling down by corporations on unwanted products does not make sense.

However, thanks to massive amounts of investor money tied to ESG scores flowing into companies, consumer preferences and the power to boycott don’t have as much political clout as they used to.  This is as true with food products as it is with tuck-friendly bathing suits.

It’s all part of an agenda.

Finally, 2030 is rapidly approaching, and I think this drive toward engineered food is merely one more marker on the path to a society where we own nothing and are all happy about it.  Elites have all kinds of opinions about how the regular people around the world should be living, and this approval of cell-cultivated meat should serve a reminder that much of what happens in the corporate world is about their plans rather than true consumer preference.  

The World Economic Forum has stated it wants to nudge meat off the menu. We’ve talked about nudging before on this website, and this is something the White House intends to get in on, too.  Just last September, the White House hosted a conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.  Moving forward, there will be a huge public-private partnership aimed at changing the way Americans eat.  

Those who are connected with nature won’t want lab-grown “meat.”

I can’t imagine cell-cultivated chicken sounding appealing to anyone who has actually raised chickens or enjoyed home-raised meat.  Selling cell-cultivated meats would only work on a population completely separated from actual farms, a population stuck in 15-minute cities, whose images of “farms” consist only of huge monocultures and animals crowded into chutes, getting ready for slaughter.

Farm life consists of far more than that.  I used to do survey work and have traveled extensively through small towns throughout the Midwest, the Gulf Coast, and the Western Slope of the Rockies. Watching cattle graze at dawn is beautiful.  Watching chickens chase bugs (or occasionally mice) is pretty funny.   If you’ve ever seen someone working a team of Clydesdales, you know that the humans and animals involved add to the beauty of the landscape, not detract from it.  

Promoters of cell-cultivated meat like to dismiss these kinds of farms as artisanal and impractical for most of the world’s population.  And it’s true that many people can’t afford artisanal food, but more people can produce at least some of their own food than they probably realize.  The recent approval of cell-cultured chicken should serve to remind us that, if you’re a meat eater, finding independent food suppliers has never been more important.  Better yet, learn to raise some of your own meat yourself.  

I was raised by die-hard suburbanites, but I was able to learn how to produce much of my own food as an adult.  There is a big push to end conventional animal husbandry, but if you look around, there is a lot of good advice available for those who want to become more self-sufficient.  If you feel at all inspired to become more involved in your food supply, now is the time to start learning.

What do you think about lab-grown “meat?”

What do you think about the push toward lab-grown “meat?” Would you eat it? Would you choose it over real meat? Do you think there’s an agenda at play here or is it just an effort to feed the world?

Let’s discuss it in the comments section.

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A lover of novels and cultivator of superb apple pie recipes, Marie spends her free time writing about the world around her.

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Marie Hawthorne

A lover of novels and cultivator of superb apple pie recipes, Marie spends her free time writing about the world around her.

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  • I say we put those people in jail and make them eat bugs and lab grown meat. It is time to take the steering wheel back from our government. They need to do what we want to do and leave us alone!

  • Disgusting! You could not pay me enough to even taste this unnatural lab concoction.
    I’m betting those parasites pushing this agenda won’t be eating this garbage either.

  • Ask Your State Legislators to Ban Lab-Grown Meat

    Growth media:
    “The media components used in the seed and production cell cultures consist of a basal media, comprised of amino acids, vitamins, inorganic salts, and other components, which is then supplemented with fetal bovine serum.”:

    Folic Acid
    Ferric nitrate (Fe(NO3)3-9H2O)
    Hypoxanthine Na
    Lipoic acid
    Putrescine 2HCl
    Sodium pyruvate
    Pluronic F-68
    Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)
    Additional nutrients added in bioreactor:

    D-Glucose (Dextrose)
    Sodium hydroxide
    Hydrochloric acid
    Cleaning Solution:

    Sodium chloride (salt water)

    • To keep up with this fictitious demand for lab grown meat, they could be adding cancer cells, tumors-yummy.

  • Wait for it . . . they will try to spin it as the FBS was organic, making their lab grown meat is organic.

  • Never! I’ll eat bugs first! Shoot, I’d try anything crazy as long as it was natural. I’d have to be really really hungry though. Here’s a video on this subject. Watch it and you won’t eat lab meat either. Scroll down for video.
    My thoughts: There should be NO lawns. Grow gardens. Everyone should have a few animals. Not pets unless they plan to eat them. Every woman should stay home and tend to the children, home and animals. Old school here. New school sucks and has ruined the family and society. Peace ✌️

  • The processing of meat and cell cultivation are both on the same level. Maybe not if your a small farmer, however if society must feed itself it evolves to manufacturing facilities which ups the carbon foot print. What other way is available? I have been a lacto vegetarian for 40 years faithfully. I understand the compassion needed in society and for the millions of the animals. I get it! But “growing cells” from a “few cows” seems better than killing so many of our planetary friends. There are the other benefits too. More grains for humans instead of livestock, less bender gendering chemicals. But on the other hand are we to trust people to not taunt these cells with other things like genetic altering products? The concept seems efficient and compassionate. I will stick to non cell vege grain burgers thou. But lets get things straight I do have many chickens for a purpose. Eggs and will eat chickens if needed. I call it stored protein. LOL Thanks for the wonderful info and do take it to heart. Please keep this topic ongoing. Sincerely ANatWizard

    • Re: “More grains for humans instead of livestock, less bender gendering chemicals.”

      Why are livestock being fed grains in the first place?!
      Grass fed is best!
      A shocking amount of agrochemicals are used in the production of non organic grains compared to the rearing of livestock.
      Increasingly grass previously destined for animal feed is instead being mixed with slurry to produce a so called renewable biogas that is energy inefficient and that has a high carbon footprint.
      More tillage land is being used to produce biofuels instead of producing food for human and animal consumption.
      The environment and agriculture is being destroyed by deeply flawed climate change policies that result in Degenerative Farming practices and bad land use management.
      There’s nothing good whatsoever about lab grown meat. It’s processed junk and processed junk tends to be naturally unhealthy.

  • The lab product will turn up in McDonalds and such places first where the customers couldn’t possibly tell the difference. Burgers served over the counter do not contain labels that reveal what is in them. Other restaurants and suppliers will push the products in hamburgers, fried foods, and canned goods that contain “meat” mixed with tomato sauce or other ingredients that can mask the presence of the lab stuff. At some point it will be revealed what has been served for a period of time and most sheep will accept the fact and just continue on. Continue on that is until the cancers you develop and the spike proteins that you have been eating start to kill off the consumers, as designed.
    Never forget for one moment that the goal is not to feed people, it is to kill them off.

    • Yes you are correct, they know the ole saying, ” there are 101 ways to kill your lover”, poison is one of those ways, method of deliver is many; the elite are made up of feminine type B males for most part, few exceptions. Women murderers through centuries past like to murder using poison, it is effective, slow and most will not know. Collect and go. In this case, they collect the world as their oyster and the “regulars” go (one way or the other), if they are allowed to get away with this evil plan even in short term. But as a Christian I know the truth, and their time along with the devil is short. We fight the good fight here against this evil becuz we need to be salt on Earth, but know that this evil has been overcome by Jesus Christ. In fear of this tryanny, there is hope. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and be forever free in his kingdom that includes this world.

  • Ah yes, part of “the agenda”. The numerous agendas which one can never obtain a copy. I’ve been waiting to obtain a copy of the “gay agenda” for decades but no one seems to have one.
    Each passing year is going to be harder and harder for you regulars. Change isn’t stopping though I’ll take a hard pass on fake meat (including veggie burgers – ick). Learn how to deal with it. You’re in an ever shrinking minority.

    • ‘Regulars’ a shrinking minority?

      ‘It doesn’t take rocket science to comprehend that females have the XX chromosome while males have the XY chromosome, except for rare genetic conditions. No matter what activists tell young people, this DNA doesn’t change.

      It is embedded in every individual from birth to death. Feelings can change each day, while facts are permanent.’

    • Us regulars can define what a woman is.
      We can look at and clearly see that is a guy in dress.
      We know through real science there are two genders.
      We know what reality is.
      We know what pornography is. And we know it should not be in elementary schools for children to see.
      We know children as young as six years old should not be subjected to a sexually explicit drag show.
      We know.
      And us regulars are pushing back. Also, there are members of the gay community who are also pushing back. I applaud Gays Against Groomers efforts.
      We are boycotting companies who support this nonsense.
      We are not buying their products.
      We are not going to see their movies.
      We are protesting.
      We know.

    • lol – if you don’t know what the agenda is, you can find out. It’s in books written by globalists like Klaus Schwab, it’s in interviews with them, you can research things Bill Gates has said, there’s a trillion things if you would only look. If you haven’t found any of it you’ve 100% failed to even look anywhere but in the news sources that the globalists own and control – which lie like crazy so you don’t know what they’re doing, yet at the same time they admit what they’re doing elsewhere. The New York Times for example will literally call something Klaus Schwab the Nazi said “conspiracy theory” and people somehow believe the NYT on that. Stop being gullible and look outside of the sources that the sociopathic eugenicists own and control.

  • The problem isn’t just lab grown ”meat”. Farms owned by
    Bill Gates and others like him (who already own thousands of acres of farmland)
    and other large farm owners are injecting all livestock with vaccines. If we won’t take them voluntarily, we will be forced to take them via our food. This also includes vegetables:

    This is the reason above all that we all need to grow our own food and at the very least raise chickens or other small livestock….Soon, too, the livestock available will be tainted with things that will ensure they don’t reproduce or will reproduce with vacs and other things in them which will poison us.

  • This ESG score takeover of corporations needs to stop. It is OUR money, our retirement funds that are invested into this crap (pun intended) without our intending or understanding…*sigh*

  • Well said Marie. As a homesteaders we do try to grow/raise a substantial part of our menu and live within the high desert cattle country of SE Oregon. I don’t imagine the lab meats will sell well here. Blessings

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