Ben Davidow on in vitro meat

Animal welfare activist Ben Davidow has written an excellent article on why we should support cultured meat from an animal welfare perspective. Davidow establishes that many animal welfare activists show little to no enthusiasm for in vitro meat, and in his article he refutes several common objections raised against cultured meat.

Though we urge you to read the article yourself, there is one issue I would want to discuss a little bit more. The health effects of meat is a common trope in the argument against meat consumption. At this moment it is hard to tell whether cultured meat will be healthier than “ordinary” meat.

However, our position is that people are free to dispose their bodies as they see fit – as long as they do not harm others. Consequently one’s personal health choices should not be a public concern.

Regardless of the health effects, meat consumption does inflict harm upon animals. Cultured meat would remove that harm. Even if in vitro meat would not be healthier, it would, in our opinion, be sufficient that potential consumers are informed about the risks – so that they could make their own choice.

7 thoughts on “Ben Davidow on in vitro meat”

    1. I am not denying that in vitro meat could be healthier, but the fact is that we can only be sure once it becomes mass produced.

      1. I know, I was responding to Davidow’s suspicion. It’s not in vitro, but i was listening to the CEO/founder of Beyond Meat a few weeks ago and one of his biggest selling points was just how much better his “meat” was than “animal meat”… engineered, as such.

        1. >>I know, I was responding to Davidow’s suspicion.

          In the article Davidow refutes the health argument against cultured meat.

  1. Yeah, I agree with John Zande’s comment above. Especially since “natural grown” meat would be more susceptible to diseases and stuff (being made outside of an environment as controlled as a cell culture), and the alternatives such as antibiotics pose health issues of their own. Cultured meat seems like it could solve a lot of problems.

    1. True. And not only diseases, cultured meat has also the advantage that we can replace satisfied fats with unsatisfied ones. Much of the health issues of meat are related to satisfied fat.

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