Eating meat is something that humans have done for a long time.
Some people don’t eat meat.
One reason for this is that they want to live longer. Yep, they do. Check the research below.
Research shows that people who eat vegetarian might live a bit longer than others. Why would you trade 75 years of eating meat for 80 years of not eating meat? Just a tip go for a walk every day and you live just as long.
But let’s leave it at that.
There’s another group of non-meat-eaters. These people don’t eat meat because of the suffering it causes to the meat sources (animals, birds, fish, etc.). Now, I can relate to that! After reading Yuval Harari’s Sapience, I am much more sensitive to this issue. But I still eat meat.
This conscientious group of non-meat eaters might eat meat when it becomes possible to avoid the suffering of animals.
Wine is the intellectual part of a meal while meat is the material. ~ Alexandre Dumas
Growing meat without animals
Humanity is rapidly getting to the level of technology where we can grow organs and tissue from single cells. In the near future, this will help us grow meat and avoid all the ethical aspects of the traditional animal husbandry.
Biotech produced meat is also good news for regular meat eaters. I will drive down the cost of the really rare parts of the animals. Theoretically, there’s no difference what part of the animal you want to grow in the test tube.
It will also be environmentally better than getting your meat from a cow. Cows fart a lot, and that methane contributes to all the other greenhouse gases that we generate one way or the other.
But there’s more!
We can get cheap tenderloin filet as much as we want without, torturing cows and polluting the environment… and then we can start tweaking it.
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat. ~ Fran Lebowitz
Who says that tenderloin filet is as good as it gets? When we modify the building blocks of meat and test hundreds or thousands of combinations, people are bound to come up a better steak than nature in its blind evolutionary approach. You can adjust the fat content and distribution in the meat, cell sizes, and tissue texture.
Repeat until perfection.
But it gets better!
Eating rare meats
Meats that are too rare to be available in any significant quantities will be available to everybody.
Do you want bear of zebra?
Rare designer meats will become a copyrighted material. That, of course, drives the price up. But even so, there will be plenty of good stuff without all the drama of animal protection and extinction.
My favorite animal is steak. ~
Eating human meat
There’s a lot of problems with eating humans. If you have to kill them, there might be consequences. If you collect dead people, you would basically eat roadkill, and there will still be consequences. Even if you can obtain some human meat, there are still problems.
You can literally go mad.
All these problems would go away if you can grow your meat in a controlled and ethical environment. So, would you eat human? Some sources say human is like veal:
It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism_in_humans
Let’s forget the taste for a minute. Is there a reason not to eat human if we can grow it with no side effects or other problems? Let’s say we can navigate all the technical and biological hurdles. Would you eat human? If yes, then whom? Of course, you could eat you!
Harvest the cells from your own tissue, and grow a nice piece of steak. “Eat me” and “bite me” would get a whole new meaning.