Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kosher for Passover

It appears that we've overplayed our hand here and gone way over our promise of a healthy "1% milk" blog. Based on headlines... 4 out of the first 5 posts were somehow milk-related. That's 80%. And that's Horrible.

Thankfully the last post was about squirrels, and not milk, which makes the subject of this post A-OK from a Kosherness standpoint. The topic will be meat, and for you goyim out there, Kosherness requires a separation of milk and meat. Upon reflection, this whole Kosher bit seems a bit labored, but I thought it was clever when I started writing so I'm sticking with it. Now on to the meat (hah hah hah) of the post!

A blog post over at the New York Times' "Dot Earth" blog has a useful summary of a fascinating up-and-coming technology; namely, manufactured meat. That's right, meat sans animal. There's even an organization of sorts devoted to bringing this technology to the forefront of the meaty world: the perhaps disquietingly named In Vitro Meat Consortium. From the IVMC website:

The In Vitro Meat Consortium was established at a workshop held at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences June 15, 2007 (see meeting report). It is an international alliance of environmentally concerned scientists striving to facilitate the establishment of a large-scale process industry for the production of muscle tissue for human consumption through concerted R&D efforts and attraction of funding to fuel these efforts.

These guys need a serious PR overhaul. Even when they explain what they do, it still sounds kind of gross. Instead of saying the group wants to establish "large-scale process industry for the production of muscle tissue for human consumption," let's go with something a little more upbeat...

The IVMC is an international alliance of meat-loving scientists striving to make the perfect burger: tasty, cheap, and 100% guilt-free! Imagine biting into a delicious hamburger knowing that not an ounce of pain or suffering went into its creation (unless you count the endless hours of toil spent by postdocs working in labs to perfect the technology behind the meat... but nobody pays any attention to postdocs)!

To me, this sounds like a far better proposition. What say you?

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