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Will “Clean Meat” Close Slaughterhouses??

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Will “Clean Meat” Close Slaughterhouses??

Bruce Friedrich, of the Good Food Institute, kicks off the seminar with statistics and information about meat consumption.

#JaneUnChained #LIVE at a fascinating and fiery debate over cell-based meat! Will so-called “clean meat,” aka “lab meat,” be the salvation of billions of animals now subjected to institutionalized torture and death? Or will it continue to popularize and co-sign the whole idea that it’s ok to eat flesh? Watch and decide for yourself! Bruce Friedrich, the co-founder, and Executive Director of The Good Food Institute and Leah Garces of Mercy For Animals argue in favor! John Sanbonmatsu Ph.D., associate professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Vasile Stanescu, professor of Communications at Mercer University, argued against the production of lab-grown meat. Hope Bohanec moderates at The United Poultry Concerns (UPC) Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley! 

Leah Garces shows an illustration of how meat consumption is rising as the human population increases.

Bruce explains that 47 percent of Americans want to ban slaughterhouses but 98 percent of people still eat meat. We have been eating 70 percent more meat globally. The consumption of meat is on the rise and people seem to be in denial of its consequences. We have been eating 70 percent more meat globally. Animals suffer under unnatural genetic modification and unsuitable living conditions. It is a common practice for animals destined for slaughter to be pumped full of antibiotics in order to keep them alive. People consume these antibiotics in animal products and then bacterial infections can mutate and become resistant to antibiotics. The consumption of meat is the most unsustainable practice of man. It is contributing to more climate change than all of the transportation systems combined! Bruce further explains that we can now take a sample as small as a sesame seed from an animal and use those cells to grow meat. The excitement about clean meat is growing with more investors and even large companies jumping on board to support this new technology. Ingrid Newkirk the co-founder and president of PETA is excited for lab-grown meat and even the former CEO of Tyson Foods, Tom Hayes, is in support of the process.

Bruce Friedrich argues that lab-grown meat is good for the animals.

Is clean meat the answer? Next, we hear the arguments for and against the use of lab-grown meat. Some of the arguments for “clean meat “include that it is good for animals because it will spare countless animals from torturous lives and untimely deaths. Proponents also say that lab-grown meat is more sustainable and takes up less space. A couple of the arguments against clean meat were also voiced during the discussion. One of which is that it is not better for the environment because it uses more energy and fossil fuels to grow the meat. The opposition also says that “in-vitro meat” does not do away with all animal agriculture but aims to end factory farming solely. Whether or not “clean meat” is better for us the animals or the environment is up for debate. What we know is that it is coming and it may be the future of how meat is provided for human consumption. Please comment and share your perspectives on meat consumption and “clean meat” with us!

John Sanbonmatsu shared his arguments against “clean meat.”

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Cheyenne Danner reporting for JaneUnchained News Network.

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Report edited by Ellen Dent.

 

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  • Dear Ellen, thank you for your write-up about the cell-based meat debate at our Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley March 2, 2019. However, we find it strange and inappropriate that John Sanbonmatsu, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Vasile Stanescu, professor of Communications at Mercer University, were not named anywhere in your write-up, but were insultingly noted merely as “two PhDs,” whereas Bruce Friedrich and Leah Garces were named together with their affiliations. All 4 of these speakers are prolific, influential animal rights advocates. They all spoke brilliantly, eloquently, and movingly at our conference. It was an honor and a pleasure for all concerned to hear what they had to say on this complicated topic. –Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

    • Thank you so much for pointing this out Karen! It was unintentional. I have added their names and affiliations. Thank you for pointing it out, and for sending their names so I could fix this error. I will ask that the contributor filming to make sure to add all the names involved in a debate to her preview because the first paragraph is written by the contributor on the Facebook LIVE. Thank you again! -Ellen

      • Of course Karen. I apologize for the delay. I was only made aware of it late last night. Your concerns are very important to me and I appreciate you raising them. I’m always open to revisions. Thank you so much again! -Ellen

  • Why the people in opposition to Clean meat were not introduced in the blog? This is just being impolite. The blog should read all the people debating or none.

    • So sorry. I didn’t write the first paragraph of copy where the names were supposed to be and I did not notice. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have added the oppositions names.

  • Is there a reason why my comment has not been published but continues to “await moderation” for two days since I posted it? I respectfully request that my comment be posted. This conference was my conference organized and hosted by my organization United Poultry Concerns. I am resending the comment I posted the evening of March 6 in the hope that it will appear, as it should. Thank you for your consideration of my comment and the concern it rightfully raises.

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    Dear Ellen, thank you for your write-up about the cell-based meat debate at our Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley March 2, 2019. However, we find it strange and inappropriate that John Sanbonmatsu, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Vasile Stanescu, professor of Communications at Mercer University, were not named anywhere in your write-up, but were insultingly noted merely as “two PhDs,” whereas Bruce Friedrich and Leah Garces were named together with their affiliations. All 4 of these speakers are prolific, influential animal rights advocates. They all spoke brilliantly, eloquently, and movingly at our conference. It was an honor and a pleasure for all concerned to hear what they had to say on this complicated topic. –Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

  • “No social justice movement succeeded by abandoning its principles.” Exactly. Lab-grown meat does nothing to end speciesism. It’s so obvious that lab-grown meat is ANTI-VEGAN PROPAGANDA. It is sad that so many vegans are being duped by it. We need to focus on ending speciesism. Would you support lab-grown human flesh? If you support lab-grown animal flesh, but would be offended by lab-grown human flesh, then you are a speciesist and are not helping the vegan/animal liberation movement.

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