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Old 08-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Eff it, we got two more days 'til preseason.

Scientists have grown beef in a lab. IT was a $300,000 burger, but costs will surely go down dramatically in the next decade or so.

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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I saw this too. Thought it was pretty cool. I am curious what kind of energy would go into producing this on a large scale (is it cheaper / more efficient than raising cattle?)
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Slowly but surely everything in Star Trek is coming true.


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Old 08-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #4
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Slowly but surely everything in Star Trek is coming true.


I love watching TNG... everybody is getting their food from replicators and walking around with iPads... in the 1980s.

And with AI technology, we could be on the verge of creating a real-life Data in the not-so-distant future.

Too bad we haven't advanced much past spark-and-combustion propulsion technology... or found a way to safely harnass alternating current electricity.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:14 AM   #5
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I love watching TNG... everybody is getting their food from replicators and walking around with iPads... in the 1980s.

And with AI technology, we could be on the verge of creating a real-life Data in the not-so-distant future.

Too bad we haven't advanced much past spark-and-combustion propulsion technology... or found a way to safely harnass alternating current electricity.
Maybe a good starting place would be to stop killing each other.
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Maybe a good starting place would be to stop killing each other.
Seems to me that the only way of fixing many of the world's problems is to kill MORE people. Or breed less.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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Seems to me that the only way of fixing many of the world's problems is to kill MORE people. Or breed less.

Nature will devise a way to return the planet to balance.

Personally i foresee a pandemic or zombies in our future.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #8
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Seems to me that the only way of fixing many of the world's problems is to kill MORE people. Or breed less.
less people won't fix any problems. All these "problems" are due to incompetence and greed and other problems with human nature. Fact is, we can feed every man, woman and child in the world quite easily. 2000 years ago when the world population was a lot less, there was still people starving. There was still war, disease, famine, etc. We now live in the 21st century and guess what, the human condition is still the same.

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Old 08-07-2013, 12:32 PM   #9
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Soylent Green is people!!!
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Cool! I would love to get divorced so I can marry a blue chick.
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Well, Star Trek does kind of give us a -direction- it seems like people aren't too imaginative anymore also.
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The world's population is continuing to increase and an ever greater proportion want to eat meat. To meet that demand farmers will need to use more energy, water and land - and the consequent increase in greenhouse gas emission will be substantial.

The plan for lab-grown burgers has won support from some animal welfare and vegetarian groups, who feel it addresses their concerns about animal suffering.

But critics say technological fixes, whether it is lab-grown meat or GM crops address the symptoms rather than the causes of world hunger. What is needed, they say, are policies that enable more farmers to produce more food more efficiently and to distribute it more equitably.

And then of course there is the taste. Even those behind the stem cell project agree that the meat grown will never taste as good as that from an animal. But as prices rise, environmental pressures grow and concerns over animal welfare increase, they argue their approach is the only ethical and pragmatic way forward.
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The irony is of course that no farm animal is in danger of extinction. There are more cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs in the world today than at any other time during the entirety of the existence of this planet. On the other hand animal after animal that nobody wants to eat is dying out. If only polar bears were delicious with fries and mango chutney there would be more of them.

If we got eggs and mcnuggets from condors there wouldn't be any chickens left in the world but there would a billion condors. If we got bacon and sausages from bengal tigers instead of pigs there would barely be any pigs left alive but there would be 3 tigers for every human in countries like Denmark and Poland.

Fact is that animals we farm will never die out, animals we don't farm on the other hand have a long history of disappearing...
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will be interesting to see if it causes a higher rate of cancer or gives people teh aidz.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:41 AM   #15
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A guy I work with suggested with the advent of 3D printer technology that includes plastics, ceramics and metals, food may not be far behind. At the same time he jokingly said a transporter type device as in Star Trek may start out as sending your bio-data and 3D printing your copy elsewhere.......
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They took three months to grow, which is, as Dr Post points out, "faster than a cow".
Lost a lot of respect for the man here. If it took him 3 months to grow a quarterpounder he is not even in the ballpark, hell it isn't even gameday. A bovine will grow more than that in a day during development. If a cow only produced a single quarter pounder this would be true, but sadly this is just dishonest on every single level.

Does he have a plan to grow fatty tissue as well or will his burgers be doomed to taste like **** and have limited nutritional value forever?
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What is needed, they say, are policies that enable more farmers to produce more food more efficiently and to distribute it more equitably.

This pretty much sums it up. This is the same old crap civilization has gone through in the past and will continue to go through in the future. You have to be able to have a lot of smaller, local farmers to maintain the local populations ability to eat.

When 'Merica exports millions of pounds of grain around the world, along with crops like cotton and soybean, only to have the end product manufactured somewhere else and then shipped back to the USA, the only people really benefitting from this assinine system are the freight haulers and energy/oil producers.

Hey, here's an idea--grow the crops in your own country and yah know, make things in your own country!

Don't even get me started on hemp.
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3D printers are a better bet to give us food replicators, I guess you were joking though. I take these things too seriously.
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