So now I'm a Prius-driving, vegetarian Californian. I know that makes me sound pretty clichéd, but, to counter, I have a degree in economics, I've never owned a pair of Birkenstocks, and my favorite magazine is The Economist (and I've only seen Phish live six times).
Anyway, somehow in my browsing, I came across the article on petri-dish meat. The article brought up a good point: if meat can be produced without the animal, would it be acceptable to vegetarians?
I think I'd eat it. As the world's most apathetic and non-proselytizing vegetarian (I was thinking of giving it up last spring), I really only have two qualms with meat: 1) it's inefficient and environmentally harmful to produce and 2) you have to kill an animal to get it.
I think petri-dish meat would kill those two birds (preferably chicken or pheasant) with one stone.
i would think that the energy wasted (released) merely as the heat from the microprocessors powering the computational analysis necessary to develop the technology of petri-dish meat would be more than the energy wasted when the cows start sweating upon entering the slaughterhouse.
i don't know -- i'm not the card carrying economist; i'm the card carrying burger flipper, B.S. (philosophy).
B) Note this discussion about beef land vs. golf course land in terms of benefit to man. Sustainable golf is mentioned.
but i don't know, maybe this'll be that ever elusive free lunch.
Personally, I believe the sooner our society recognizes the importance of treating life with respect (and I'm NOT talking about two fricking cells or people with mushy brains), the sooner we will evolve spiritually.
If you haven't already watched it, I recommend watching A Peaceable Kingdom. I also recommend buying organic eggs from chickens who have access to sunlight and other animal products from family farms or companies who promote the humane treatment of animals.
By the way, cows are really bad for the environment in that their gas is a greenhouse gas and rainforests are destroyed to provide land for their grazing.
I'll look forward to animal-less meat.