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April 26, 2008

$1 Million for Fake Meat - $0 Dollars from Donors

Who knew I'd ever have to remove PETA from my list of organizations to help. There are so many things wrong with this, I don't even really know where to begin. I'm going to skip over all of the normal stuff people are going to cover ad nauseum and get straight to the less obvious.

There are lots and lots of nerve endings in the digestive tract. We know what a lot of them do, some react and cause hormone release or other chemical releases, others stimulate various muscles. We do not know what MOST of them do. We do not know what they are detecting, and how the responses effect us as humans. We don't have a clue what the chemicals that make up the meat we eat mean to us really, and we don't know what the lack of any single one will mean to us as a species, much less what the addition of other alien chemicals will do. Many vegans (of which I am not one) and defenders of life believe even the chemicals released into an animal before death due to fear effects them, if that is only a little bit true.... I'll tell you what I'm pretty sure I do know about each and every one of those nerve endings, and that is that they have only ever been subjected to relatively natural meat. Injected, infected, modified and manipulated sure, but once alive, on the planet breathing the air, recognizable defecating animals.

We don't seem to have the wherewithal to monitor lead in products arriving en masse on our shores, or the forethought to see what turning corn into fuel would do to the world food market, but you think that somehow we have what it takes to 'Create Meat' from nothing?! You have convinced yourself that now, NOW? is the time to even be considering such a thing? You couldn't perhaps put your money behind cheap solar power, for well pumps and other electric items to make margin farming easier? Throw your money behind the research of the 'tera preta' so crops can be grown everywhere? How about simply funding the teaching of the sustainable methods we already have. Isn't there ANYTHING else you can think of but this?

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