i have not yet found a food i would not eat
Why was it spooky?
In a capitalistic society, the successful companies provide a product the public desperately wants or must have. In Margaret Atwood's dystopia, the biotech companies control the world because they pander to society's aching desire for what they don't have. Providing products or techniques to allow for perpetually youthful looks and skin, drug-induced euphoria, and ultimate sexual satisfaction makes their products indispensable to the public. By bioengineering plants and animals that allow maximum production of food and other products, these same companies allow the rape of nature to continue as the world struggles to provide for a continuously growing population it can no longer support.
djjd62 wrote:i have not yet found a food i would not eat
That pretty well describes the little doggies--except for shrimp. They just don't understand shrimp. They look at me as though i were goofy when i eat shrimp.
Welcome, then, the savior of environmentally concerned carnivores everywhere: the chicken. Unlike cattle, chickens don't burp methane. They also have an amazing ability to turn a relatively small amount of grain into a large amount of protein. A chicken requires 2 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat, compared with about 6 pounds of grain for a feedlot cow and 3 pounds for a pig. Poultry waste produces only about one-tenth of the methane of hog and cattle manure.
That's not to say chicken production is pure. The waste often contains the cancer-causing element arsenic, which is added to most U.S. chicken feed to promote growth. Plus, chicken poop frequently has mercury in it, possibly from fish meal used as feed, or from vaccines. And let's be clear: The life of an industrially raised chicken is not a happy one. The growing birds are warehoused in spaces so small they can't flap their wings, turn around or preen. Breeding for maximum meat production has resulted in animals whose bodies have difficulty supporting their own weight, meaning chickens live much of their lives in pain.
Still, chickens are such efficient producers of protein that a study in the science journal Earth Interactions finds that Americans who eat poultry, dairy and eggs, but not red meat, are responsible for fewer greenhouse gases than those who consume a vegetarian diet that includes dairy and eggs. "Astonishingly enough," says study coauthor Gidon Eshel, a Bard College geophysicist, "the poultry diet is actually better than lacto-ovo vegetarian." In other words, a roast chicken dinner is better for the planet than a cheese pizza. "If you need to eat dead animals, poultry is the way to go," says Eshel, a vegan.
Would you eat laboratory grown meat?
dlowan wrote:Would you eat laboratory grown meat?
Other things being equal, absolutely!