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Would you eat a burger made of stem cells?


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Would you eat a burger made of stem cells?

  1. Stem cells? Not sure how tasty a stell cell would be

    • Cows are ‘made’ of stem cells. Really, the burgers they’re talking about are cattle stem cells turned into muscle cells in a culture.

  2. What do people think they’re eating now??

    • A concoction of hormones, steroids, anti-biotics and it hits your system and makes us fat. Ever since I cut out Canadian beef a year ago now, I have lost weight and feel better. I am amazed actually as I was up to a year ago a big Canadian beef eater. But given my favorite cut went from $16/kg in July last year to $25/kg this year, StatsCan be damned if I will pay the price.

      • LOL well I meant something more basic, like muscle, skin, flesh, veins etc…but certainly the medication isn’t good.

        You’d have to buy organic beef to get rid of that.

    • So true
      So funny.
      We grow the potatoes don’t we?

  3. stell cells?

    • Those cells are stellar!

  4. Raising protein from stem cells might be a good idea. No animal cruelty and quality protein? It just might work.

    • Ya, but 10 years in when people get sick is it a good idea?

      Sorry, XL e.coli, BSE in 2004, CFIA not inspecting meat and USDA does, Chopra on Health Canada….. sorry, I don’t trust this industry one bit any more.

  5. I’m steer ing clear of all this.

  6. ..

  7. Goes for GM and modified foods too. I am not into green or the health food BS for more money but I do now acquire the least processed foods possible. Even our bread and buns, now make them at home for a fraction of the costs and without as much additives.

    I even have given up beef, as it is cartel priced, injected, tenderized and loaded with hormones in a racketeering lobby drive CFIA and Health Canada. Get chickens cheap fro a local farm that doesn’t use chemicals, get caught in the wild fish, USDA inspected meats…the beef industry fiasco of 2004 BSE and 2012 e.coli, I will not eat much Candian beef as nothign has been done to fix the anti-competative and health issues the industry has created.

    There is a reason why Canadian beef produces oppose the US effort to label beef. Even dog food has labels of origin, why not beef? Fact is proper meat labeling is long overdue and should include origin, processing and hormones used. Those growth hormones make us fat like the cows. Ever since I have stopped eating Canadian beef I have been losing weight the easy way.

    So in fact I don’t eat Canadian beef any more. And will not until this country really fires corrupt people and fines companies and gets a little more customer orientated.

    • I am a vegetarian for ethical reasons – the immense cruelty of the farm industry ( not your little mom and pop- but the huge massive industry) is more than I can take. Same with slaughterhouses. But I confess freely that I miss a steak or fried chicken. So yes, if it could be grown without the animal being present – I would definitely go back. As far as the testing etc., that will come as the industry grows up. I will not live long enough to see this as a commonplace thing, but it is something for people like me to hope for,

  8. probably tastier (and healthier) than the ammonia laden pink-slime that the fast food industry would have us believe is “beef”

    • It would be the same if they are using the stem cells from the same cows. I think of this stuff as used meat.

      • It would be the same if they are using the stem cells from the same cows.

        I don’t think it would be, no. I think you’re mixing up nature and nurture.

        I don’t think that beef created from the stem cells of cow X would be tainted by anything done to cow X during it’s life, unless the cow had something done to it that directly affected the stem cells specifically.

        It’s the same reason that we wouldn’t expect a baby born via sperm from a man who had his appendix removed to be born without an appendix. Unless whatever was done to harm the cow and taint its beef had some adverse effect on the cow’s stem cells specifically, there’d be no way for whatever it was that tainted the beef from the cow to taint beef created directly from its stem cells.

        • You’re talking to someone that believes if you change one thing in nature you’ve changed everything. I have no idea how you’ve connected nurturing to any of this?

          Man has proven over and over again that he is not smarter than nature and we are not improving the planet with anything we have done so far. These petri dish burgers are only proof of how badly we have treated the planet. Where do you see us getting our food from 40 years from now? How much of our own structure will have to change to accommodate the changes? All I have to say is I’m actually glad I’m leaving soon.

          • To be clear, I’m not defending the notion of stem cell burgers here per se, I’m just pointing out that how you treat a particular cow during it’s life (what you feed it, the conditions it is exposed to, the diseases it may catch… how it’s “nurtured”) can’t actually affect the quality of beef created from it’s stem cells unless something is done to the cow that actually changes its stem cells before they’re harvested.

  9. I understand some peoples’ trepidation, but still, it’s worth noting that every burger you’ve ever eaten was made out of animal stem cells. How it gets from stem cell to plate may change, but it’s all starting out as stem cells.

    • I like mine raised on sunshine, green grass and fresh air thanks.

      • You’ve got to pick your beef awfully carefully to find some that came from a cow raised on sunshine, green grass, and fresh air in 2013.

        And even if you personally meet the cow who was raised on an organic farm before it’s slaughtered, the beef still came from stem cells.

        • I know how to pick my stem cells.

  10. Global demand for meat is growing, and there are only so many ways to meet that demand. We can:
    -we can intensify factory farming (with related issues of animal cruelty, risk of infection, land use, hormones, etc.)
    -we can let meat prices soar

    -we can go organic and *really* let meat prices soar
    -we can start farming insects en masse
    -we can manufacture meat from stem cells

    The last two options are clearly the least worst globally, and I suspect only the last would be accepted by consumers in the developed world. So bring on the Frankenburger: It’s Alive… with flavour!

  11. What’s a “stell cell”? Editing seems to be a lost art.

  12. Hey all, in order to make this particular burger in cell culture, you would probably require hundreds of litres in fetal bovine serum (FBS). FBS is typically (you could use horse or cald serum) required for cell culture growth. This is harvested from fetal (unborn) cows. So, you’re not saving any animals yet. Furthermore, the FBS is usually not even checked for contaminants like prions, which causes mad cow disease. Not to mention all the stuff that may have leached out of the plastic petri dish. You have to wonder if they even had this burger approved for human consumption. I bet they didn’t. So, no I don’t think I would eat the burger in question. Maybe if they grew it something else.