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Descriptionthe pros and cons of lab meat
Should laboratory grown meat be encouraged as a viable source of food for the world’s( 7 billion )population? (Negative)
In recent decades, there has been a significant increase in the scientific development and research on the controversial issue of laboratory grown meat especially in the more developed countries such as the USA. The term ‘laboratory meat’ in short called ‘lab meat’ refers an animal flesh product that has never been part of a complete, living animal. It can also be called ‘shmeat’, ‘in-vitro meat’ or even ‘Franken meat’ .The essay will argue that laboratory grown meat should definitely not be encouraged as a viable source of food for the world’s 7 billion population. The reasons for this are the gross production process, immature scientific experiment leading to undiscovered health risks, expensive production cost, the worsening effect on the environment.
Firstly, it could be argued that lab meat involves a gross production process. Lab meat is grown by extracting stem cells from a cow and then growing them in a Petri dish. To help the cells multiply swiftly, a hormonal culture is added and after these chemicals, electricity is needed. So meat is produced from cells subject to hormones and electric current. As a result, the outcome of this high-tech experiment is distasteful. It explains why it is described as a Franken-meat, reflecting a sentiment that it is unnatural, unacceptable and unpalatable. While it could be said that lab meat has the same taste and texture as conventional meat and hence it is not sickening and is indeed acceptable, however it cannot be denied that the production of lab meat involves many chemicals and artificial subject to electricity and hormones which can be a menace to human beings in the long run.
Secondly, it can often be noted that the current scientific development on lab meat is still immature and hence health risks have not yet been fully investigated. Take thalidomide tragedy as an example. In November 1961, a boy was 5 months old and his family had no idea why their otherwise healthy baby boy had been born with short arms, twisted hands and no thumbs. But by the end of that month, the truth was finally out in the open. Around 10,000 babies were born with disabilities as a result of their mothers taking the ‘miracle’ thalidomide drug. Just under half of those survived. Thalidomide is a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was used to treat morning sickness and was withdrawn after being found to be a cause of birth defects. The drug had not taken sufficient and adequate animal nor clinical testing before it was launched into the market. Similarly, in vitro meat did not take any animal ...
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