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Orkan Telhan, an artist and associate professor of fine arts at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, spent the last year imagining how climate change might impact the future of food consumption. He collaborated with scientists to create a project that included 3-D printed pancakes, bioengineered bread and genetically-modified salmon. But it was their provocative, and less appetizing, development of what they call “Ouroboros Steak,” meat cultivated from human cells and expired blood, that challenged the sustainability practices of the nascent cellular agriculture industry, which develops lab-grown products from existing cell cultures. — NYTimes
“…meat cultivated from human cells and expired blood.” Served with a side of horse radish and a splash of Worcestershire. Red wine, or maybe a dark beer poured with a generous….. head.
The inevitable howls of the shocked and offended arrived almost immediately, some personally addressed, others on social media. These included death threats, advanced by the same muddle-heads who stoutly object to the exhibit as degrading and disrespecting human life simultaneously threatening the lives of the exhibitors.
One of the product’s creators responded to criticism by pointing out that in their exhibit, they use their own cells and blood, as opposed to labs that create meat for commercial use, which take animals’ cells without those animals’ consent. This echoes the sentiment of the early astronauts, whose nourishment was derived from their own excrement. “At least we’ll get to eat our own,” one noted at the time.
The whole thing leaves me a trifle queasy, but I go months without eating meat, and generally settle for just a tiny taste at a time when I do. I’ll happily devour the garnishes, though, especially with a cold beer. And who doesn’t enjoy some good head?