Will lab-grown meat curb global warming and climate change?

I am seeing a lot of articles surfacing about lab-grown meat – like these:

Artificial meat: UK scientists growing ‘bacon’ in labs

Lab-grown meat: Taste-testing chicken of the future

Lab-grown meat and the fight over what it can be called, explained

And now, lab meat (a.k.a. “clean meat”) is months away from being sold to us. Because just last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced a joint agreement to oversee the production of cell-cultured meat.

It all seems wonderful. Yeah, science! The idea of biting into a juicy beef burger that was produced without killing animals seems like a win for all us. And getting the nutritious benefits of eating meat without me suffering from cognitive dissonance sounds fantastic.

But:

I highly doubt lab-grown meat will offer the same nutrition and satiating benefits of meat from ruminant animals. Even worse, the science proves lab-grown meat is worse for our environment than meat from a steer (see below).

Here are my quick thoughts about lab-grown meats:

Lab meat starts from real meat
Cultured meat is meat produced by in vitro cultivation of animal cells. In simple speak, fake meat begins with a stem cell from a live animal and then it is cultured in a lab. (Sorry vegans – eating this meat will taint your vegan principles.)

Lab meat cannot waddle
Most of what we eat is muscle meat. And when animals roam, they exercise their muscles… which gives us that texture we all love. How in the world will lab meat pull off this texture problem?

It will cost us a FORTUNE
The first “clean burger” cost $325,000.00 to make in 2013.

Of course, those prices will come down once technology lowers the cost to make it.

But:

Current estimates range from $363.00 to $2,400.00 per pound, making it EXPONENTIALLY more expensive than regular meat. Today, the average price for a pound of meat is just $6. Organically-grown meat is just a buck more at $7 a pound.

Lab-grown meat might be worse for the climate, not better
According to this Oxford study, lab-grown meat could be worse for the climate than farm-raised beef:

The results, published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems Tuesday, concluded that lab-grown meat could actually make climate change worse.

Would we all be better off in a world without mosquitoes?

Most people LOVE when spring approaches.

Me – not so much. I am that guy who wears shorts when it is snowing out. Give me a windless 40-degree day with a strong winter sun and I am a happy camper.

The main reason I do not look forward to warm weather are the bugs… especially mosquitoes.

And that got me thinking, “What good are mosquitoes anyway?”

Continue reading “Would we all be better off in a world without mosquitoes?”

Will this meat tax improve our health here in the USA?

Here is my secret to knowing if something is good for us…

When governments tax a certain food and declare a “war” on it, I KNOW it is good for us.

100%.

And now, there is a growing, world-wide war on meat:

Slapping taxes on processed meat and red meat could prevent 222,000 deaths and save $41 billion in global health costs every year, according to a new study.

The taxation system would save an estimated 53,000 lives in the U.S., according to the study.

This is BRILLIANT propaganda. Goebbels would be proud. Because this hit piece is mixing processed meat (which is probably bad for us) with red meat (which I personally KNOW is good for us). Look at Dr. Shawn Baker’s MeatHeals.com for the proof and inspiration.

Of course, when we invest less than 5 seconds looking into who funded the study, we see there is a HUGE conflict of interest. Because The Wellcome Trust paid for this study. And The Wellcome Trust is a front organization for Big Pharma…

And I quote from their history page:

This was followed by a second share sale in 1992. Then, in 1995, the Wellcome Trust sold most of the remaining interest in Wellcome plc to Glaxo plc. This created Glaxo Wellcome plc, which merged with SmithKlineBeecham in 2000 to create GlaxoSmithKline.

FACT: Meat is LOADED with everything our body needs to not only survive, but thrive in our modern world. We could live on meat alone and live perfectly well – no plants needed…

And one of the many benefits of a mostly-meat-eating diet is most people get off their “meds”. This has to be one of the many reasons why The Wellcome Trust funded this dubious “study” (which has absolutely no scientific backing by the way).

Wanna see the tens of billions of reasons GlaxoSmithKline fears people waking up to the benefit of eating meat? Just look at the tens of billions of dollars they make selling all their plant-based “cures” and heart-drug failures:

Darapladib’s inability to reduce the overall risk of heart attacks and strokes in the first of two big Phase III studies is disappointing, but not a huge surprise. Many analysts already had low expectations for the project.

(Maybe everyone should look at our water supply for ways to reduce heart attacks.)

By the way: This meat tax is not a new concept. It has been proposed in California, Germany, Austria, Norway and Sweden.

Will there be a global tax on buying meat one day? Probably. But will this tax stop me from making meat the foundation of my dietary intake? Hell no.

What is cognitive dissonance?

The definition of the phrase cognitive dissonance is:

The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

In simple speak, cognitive dissonance is a form of plain ol’ hypocrisy – but on a deeper level. It is the discomfort we feel when holding two (or more) opposite stances.

Think of “dissonance” as contradictions. And “cognitive” is conscious thought. So we are fully aware of our hypocrisy.

The best example of cognitive dissonance is eating meat – most of all would never hurt a cute, furry animal… but we enjoy eating steak.

In another example, people who smoke do so knowing that smoking causes major health issues.

Most people who drive gas-guzzlin’ SUVs suffer cognitive dissonance. They get a car that gets poor gas mileage, yet justify it by sometimes riding a bike or taking public transportation.

This short video goes into the weeds about cognitive dissonance: