Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Some interesting questions

A reader, who appears to be outside my vast circle of friends, asked some interesting questions. Since I’ve been too lazy to write about any of my latest dining experiences, I thought I would take the time and answer them.

Inst said...
hay just out of curiosity, if such products were available, would you be willing to pay for "ethical" meat that was grown in a vat? And do you eat jellyfish, since jellyfish can't really be said to have a brain, or assorted insects, since they're not really sentient?
11:08 PM, April 26, 2005

Ethical meat? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Firstly, I’m not a big fan of genetic engineering and to explain myself properly I would have to do some research, which I’m not going to do right now. (But genetically modified food is a good idea for a future article.) The idea of a brisket growing in a gigantic petri dish seems like something out of a B horror movie. (If this scene does exist, please, please let me know.) Secondly, through the years I have lost the taste for meat. I think roast beef smells like old band-aids. The closest I get to meat is soy based products, which I’m told tastes nothing like the real thing, but damn they are good.

I don’t eat jellyfish because I don’t care for the taste. According to Buddhist vegetarianism they are okay to eat. Also, jellyfish are way too cool to eat. I saw this thing on the TV that said some scientists think jellyfish are actually two animals living in perfect harmony. The dome part and the tentacles are separate. Far too rad to be eaten. Insects also fall into both the categories, free of blood but neato.

Thanks for the questions, mysterio. Please feel free to keep them coming. To the rest of you, what’s the hold up?


At 2:08 AM, April 27, 2005, Blogger 不不不 said...

What if you found some kind of magical meat well in the middle of the forest? Would you open a restaurant? I would.

At 2:09 AM, April 27, 2005, Anonymous Mutantfrog said...

Jellyfish aren't dual animals in harmony, but actually a big colony of little 'polyps,' which act together a little bit like our individual cells do, except that the individual units are actually separate organisms that I believe reproduce separately.

I personally love meat, but I've thought for years that someday we'll be growing it in vats, far more efficiently in terms of energy/mass than actual animals. I believe that scientists have managed to do this on a very small experimental scale, but nothing even remotely approaching practical use.

At 2:11 AM, April 27, 2005, Anonymous Adamu said...

Oh new comment setting. Nice.


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