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Grist has an intresting article on the subject of shmeat. Do you really want to know what it is? I have voiced my concerns in the past and, as usual, PETA has been helping this product to be approved for human consumption. I am afraid that it will primarily be consumed by people who are of a lower socio-economical status.. What is that old saying, “shit rolls down hill” ? So, that must mean “shmeat rolls down hill” as well. It will end up in processed food, which goes to children in schools who depend on school lunch programs, and families who don’t have enough money. As well as most major fast food outlets that will grind this product into burgers as well as meat nuggets. This product will once again dumb down the palates and fatten the bodies of children. Take a look at the article, and speak up before star trek food is in the food system without you even knowing it.

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  1. I don’t feel proud saying this but I work in the processed food industry on cost reduction projects, and I know without a doubt that if this product is developed it will be used as extensively. Chris, you’re exactly right. Children from a very young age will be even more distanced from where their food comes from. The only positive thing from this science could possibly be the cloning of human organ tissue for transplantation.

    Bryan | | Reply
  2. Dario, you are right! Pasta fagioli should be the food of the future. You cant fake meat, and good beans are great food! The question is, what is the best way to oppose this kind of stuff? I will do what I can form my humble blog, facebook, ect. Who do I need to write (have people write) in congress to counter act PETAs lobbyists?

    Luke | | Reply
  3. PS Just read the article, and I must say, being a microbiologist I found it very interesting. I think it is fine, but for one thing. Labeling. The US meat industry must claim their names, right down to the cut. A shmeat product should not call itself a burger, since burgers must be made of beef. (same with the turkey burger people!). You cant have a chicken porterhouse, how can you have a shmeat porterhouse? This is about welshing off of someone else’s cultural branding (just look how the EU gets on its wine, cheese, ect). If they can crack down on this, they can crack down on those soy turkey and turkey bacon guys too. If your turkey bacon is not made from turkey belly, its not turkey bacon! Forget taste, we cant even get our terminology right around here.

    Luke | | Reply
  4. There is little I have to say that’s not already in the article. Our hubris will be our undoing. I can’t believe that cells multiplying on a “spongy scaffold” will become a common food and I can’t buy lungs anywhere.

    christopherpepe | | Reply
  5. Shmeat is such a horrible name, it sounds like what you get when you cross shit and meat.

    cdog | | Reply