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Nine Ways In-Vitro Meat Will Change Our Lives


Hank Pellissier
By Hank Pellissier
Hplusmagazine

Posted: Mar 1, 2012

Future Flesh is squatting on your plate. Are you nervous? Stab it with a fork. Sniff it. Bite! Chew, swallow. Congratulations! Relax and ruminate now because you’re digesting a muscular invention that will massively impact the planet.

In-Vitro Meat—aka tank steak, sci fi sausage, petri pork, beaker bacon, Frankenburger, vatgrown veal, laboratory lamb, synthetic shmeat, trans-ham, factory filet, test-tube tuna, cultured chicken, or any other moniker that can seduce the shopper’s stomach—will appear in 10 years as a cheaper, healthier, greener protein that’s easily manufactured in a metropolis. Its entree will be enormous; not just food-huge like curry rippling through London in the 1970s or colonized tomatoes teaming up with pasta in early 1800s Italy. No. Bigger. In-Vitro Meat will be socially transformative, like automobiles, cinema, vaccines.

Numerous publications have discussed In-Vitro Meat. Science pundits examined its microbiological struggles in Dutch labs and at New Harvest, a Baltimore non-profit. Squeamish reporters wasted ink on its “yucky” and “unnatural” creation, while others wondered if it’s “vegan” or not (PETA supports it, but many members complain). Here, anticipating success, I jump past artificial tissue issues to optimistically envision nine ways in-vitro meat will change our lives.

Bye-Bye Ranches: When In-Vitro Meat (IVM) is cheaper than meat-on-the-hoof-or-claw, no one will buy the undercut opponent. Slow-grown red meat and poultry will vanish from the marketplace, similar to whale oil’s flame-out when kerosene outshone it in the 1870s. Predictors believe that IVM will sell for half the cost of its murdered rivals. This will grind the $2-trillion global live-meat industry to a halt (500 billion pounds of meat are gobbled annually; this is expected to double by 2050). Bloody sentimentality will keep the slaughterhouses briefly busy as ranchers quick-kill their inventory before it becomes worthless, but soon Wall Street will be awash in unwanted pork bellies. Special Note: IVM sales will be aided by continued outbreaks of filthy over-crowded farm animal diseases like swine flu, Mad Cow, avian flu, tuberculosis, brucellosis, and other animal-to- human plagues. Public hysteria will demand pre-emptive annihilation of the enormous herds and flocks where deadly pathogens form, after safe IVM protein is available.

Urban Cowboys: Today’s gentle drift into urbanization will suddenly accelerate as unemployed livestock workers relocate and retrain for city occupations. Rural real estate values will plummet as vast tracts of ranch land are abandoned and sold for a pittance (70% of arable land in the world is currently used for livestock, 26% of the total land surface, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization). New use for the former ranch land? Inexpensive vacation homes, reforested parks, fields of green products like hemp or bamboo. Hot new city job? Techies and designers for In-Vitro Meat factories.

Healthier Humans: In-Vitro Meat will be 100% muscle. It will eliminate the artery-clogging saturated fat that many nutritionists believe might kill us. Instead, heart-healthy Omega- 3 (salmon oil) will be added. IVM will also contain no hormones, salmonella, E. coli,
Campylobacter, mercury, dioxin, or antibiotics that infect primitive meat. I’ve noted above that IVM will reduce influenza, brucellosis, TB, and Mad Cow Disease. Starvation and kwashiokor (protein deficiency) will be conquered when compact IVM kits are delivered to famine-plagued nations. The globe’s water crises will be partially alleviated, due to our inheritance of the 8% of the H2O supply that was previously gulped down by livestock and their food crops. We won’t even choke to death because IVM contains no malicious bones or gristle. (Although Hall of Fame slugger Jimmy Foxx choked to death on a chicken bone, about 90% of meat victims are murdered by steak).

Healthier Planet: Today’s meat industry is a brutal fart in the face of Gaia. The statistics are truly shitty: cattle crap 130 times more volume than a human, creating 64 million tons of sewage in the United States that’s often flushed down the Mississippi River to kill fish and coral in the Gulf of Mexico. Pigs are equally putrid. There’s a hog farm in Utah that oozes a bigger turd-total than the entire city of Los Angeles. Livestock burps and farts are equally odious and ozone-destroying. 68% of the ammonia in the world is caused by livestock (creating acid rain), 65% of the nitrous oxide, 37% of the methane, 9% of the CO2, plus 100 other polluting gases. Big meat animals waste valuable land—80% of Amazon deforestation is for beef ranching, clear-cutting a Belgium-sized patch every year. Water is prodigiously gulped—15,000 liters of H2O produces just one kilogram of beef. 40% of the world’s cereals are devoured by livestock. This scenario is clearly unsustainable, and In-Vitro Meat is the sensible alternative. (Although skeptics warn that IVM factories will produce their own emissions, research indicates that pollution will be reduced by at least 80%.) Once we get over the fact that IVM is oddly disembodied, we’ll be thankful that it doesn’t shit, burp, fart, eat, over graze, drink, bleed, or scream in pain.

Economic Upheaval: The switch to In-Vitro Meat will pummel the finances of nations that survive on live-animal industries. Many of the world leaders in massacred meat (USA, China, Brazil) have diversified incomes, but Argentina will bellow when its delicious beef is defeated. New Zealand will bleat when its lamb sales are shorn. And ocean-harvesting Vietnam and Iceland will have to fish for new vocations. Industries peripherally dependent on meat sales, like leather, dairy and wool, will also be slaughtered. Hide and leather-exporting nations like Pakistan and Kenya will be whipped, but South Korea will profit on its sales of Koskin and other synthetic leathers. Huge plantations of livestock crops (soybeans & corn) in Brazil, USA, Argentina, and China can be replaced with wool substitutes like the sisal plant. Smaller nations that excel in food processing will thrive because they’ll export IVM instead of importing tonnage of frozen
meat. Look for economic upticks in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, and especially Japan—currently one of the globe’s largest importers of beef.

Exotic & Kinky Cuisine: In-Vitro Meat will be fashioned from any creature, not just domestics that were affordable to farm. Yes, any animal, even rare beasts like snow leopard, or Komodo Dragon. We will want to taste them all. Some researchers believe we will also be able to create IVM using the DNA of extinct beasts so that “DinoBurgers” might be served at every six-year-old boy’s birthday party.

Humans are animals, so every hipster will try cannibalism. Perhaps we’ll just eat people we don’t like, as author Iain M. Banks predicted in his short story, “The State of the Art” with diners feasting on “Stewed Idi Amin.” But I imagine passionate lovers literally eating each other,
growing sausages from their co-mingled tissues overnight in tabletop appliances similar to bread-making machines. And of course, masturbatory gourmands will simply gobble their own meat.

FarmScrapers: The convenience of buying In-Vitro Meat fresh from the neighborhood factory will inspire urbanites to demand local vegetables and fruits. This will be accomplished using vertical farming. in gigantic urban multi-level greenhouses that utilize hydroponics and interior grow-lights to create bug-free, dirt-free, quick-growing super veggies and fruit (from dwarf trees), plus delicious side dishes with IVM. No longer will old food arrive via long polluting transports from the hinterlands. Every metro dweller will purchase fresh meat and crispy plants within walking distance. The success of FarmScrapers will cripple rural agriculture and enhance urbanization.

Space Shmeat: How will we supply fresh protein to future astronauts traveling on extended space missions?  Galactic ambassadors can’t travel healthily on carbohydrates alone. In-vitro meat fills this void; truth is, original R & D seeking viable high-protein possibilities was promoted by NASA.

We Stop the Shame: In-Vitro Meat will squelch the subliminal guilt that sensitive people feel when they sit down for a carnivorous meal. Forty billion animals are killed per year in the United States alone: for example, one million chickens per hour. I list this last even though it’s the top priority for vegetarians, because they represent only 1-2% of the population, but still … IVM is a huge step forward in abolitionism—the elimination of suffering in all sentient creatures. Peter Singer, founding father of Animal Liberation, supports IVM. So does every European veggie group I contacted: VEBU (Vegetarian Federation of Germany), EVA (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative of Belgium), and the Dutch Vegetarian Society. PETA offered $1 million to anyone who can market a competitive IVM product by 2012.

My final prediction is this: In-Vitro Meat relishes success first in Europe, partly because it’s “greener,” but mostly because they already eat “yucky” delicacies like snails, smoked eel, blood pudding, pig’s head cheese, and haggis (sheep’s stomach stuffed with oatmeal). In the USA, IVM will initially invade the market in Spam cans and hot dogs, shapes that salivating shoppers are sold on as mysterious and artificial, but edible and absolutely American.


Hank Pellissier was IEET’s Managing Director on January-October in 2012, and an IEET Affiliate Scholar. He’s the author of two e-books, Invent Utopia Now and Why is the IQ of Ashkenazi Jews so High? He is currently at BrighterBrains.org
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Nice article, but could you please clarify that this is a repost of something that appeared earlier on H+ magazine (whatever happened to that place? pretty dead lately…)? Thanks.
Also, why does your picture here not match what I’ve seen of you elsewhere? Speaking of which, I’m not finding anything at all of you on Youtube for some reason…





I am looking forward to workable IVM. I like IVM better than artificial because the product won’t be artificial. As you say it will be real, only without the drawbacks that meat has now.

I expect that the initial introduction will be through things like hotdogs and sandwich meat where texture isn’t as much an issue as it would be for an artificial porterhouse.





@ ShaGGZ—Yes!  you’re right, this article is largely a repost of an article that appeared in hplusmagazine about two years ago—but that face is accounted for; there’s a link to the original article right under my name at top. I have updated information and added a “9th way.”

I only have one thing on youtube—you can find it via “hank hyena” and I think there’s also a link on my home site, http://hankpellissier.com—

regarding my photo - ? I don’t know - maybe I just look different when I’m all dressed up…

regarding hplusmagazine? I have no idea why it seems “pretty dead” - I’d like to see them post a lot more articles, too.





good article.
I do sometimes get pangs of guilt when I eat meat. I ‘ve watched Food Inc, and read Omnivore Dilemma. I get echoes of animal shrieking as they are being processed by the industrial food system.
But when I read Kurzweil’s idea of using artificial meat, it certainly seemed to me the right directions.
But the question is—is there going to be a similar reaction from the public regarding GM crop? E.g. hysteria about Frankenfood.





It looks like you plagarized http://hplusmagazine.com/2009/11/17/eight-ways-vitro-meat-will-change-our-lives/ and add one point about space schmeat.





@brianman23 - Hello. The hplusmagazine article on In-Vitro Meat was written 2 years ago by “Hank Hyena.”  The IEET updated version was written by Hank Pellissier. The two Hanks are the same person. Hank Hyena is/was the pen name of Hank Pellissier.  It’s a bit updated but 95% the same.

Hank Pellissier (me) has also recently published updates of 2 other hplusmagazine articles - the current “Nudism is Healthy for Brain and Body” is an update of “Get Naked: It’s Good for your Brain” and the article on Korean unification last month is an update of a Korean essay published by “Hank Hyena” 1.8 years ago.

thanks for your interest .





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