Monday, January 15, 2007

The Future of Autocannibalism

If we had meat machines in our kitchens that grew flesh from culture, would we eat ourselves? It would eliminate the spread of prion-based diseases like mad cow and even the supersensitive would not be allergic to it. Philosophically, it seems like it might appeal to PETA; growing cultured pork or beef, although mostly cruelty-free, still requires some animal suffering to obtain the necessary cultures and embraces instrumentalization of animals. Would autocannibalism ever become a popular food choice?

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