Friday, December 11, 2009

Vat-Grown Meat

H+ Magazine just published a piece about "In-Vitro Meat", which seems almost identical in speculation to what i was writing ten years ago in Goblinko's Futurist "GO!" magazine. This was writing under alot of the assumptions about where humanity needed to go forward & what seemed inevitable. Vat-Grown Meat is inevitable, not least because i've been talking about it for the last 20+ years or so, but also because it CAN be done, so it WILL be done. I also believe that there is a spiritually deadening quality to factory farming (probably factories in general as well, but that's another issue) & that eating vat-grown meat will help humanity out of these automated death machines. I can see the spread of vat-grown meat creating a new market of very high-quality butchers of REAL animals where they take care to get nothing but the best. Hunting could be re-introduced as a very special, ritualistic exercise in manhood for great feasts on holidays like Thanksgiving & Christmas. This seems beneficial on all levels. Also, when we enter outer-space in our enormous space hulks, i don't see us taking actual farms on-board, & animals would most likely be as companions rather than food. So growing vat-meat makes complete sense in our speculative future as well. Real meat will become a luxury & a complicated, ritualistic one at that, & the standard will be vat-grown meat or other things like the vat-grown fungal protein Quorn. Due to my gemini split personality, i'm torn between this kind of crazy futurism & a very stern traditional conservatism with smatterings of Conan anti-civilization barbarism & vibrating post-modern pop trash as well. This is all fine, but my tendency is to obsess over one, when they should be combined & the resulting friction will propel me forward. I think this is why i see myself as an "Archeo Futurist" as embodied by Evola & Marinetti.

2 comments:

Jason J. McKay said...

It sounds equally gross and awesome at the same time! I like it, cuz it's something the hippies will hate despite the fact that it will help destroy world hunger, much like GMO foods vs. organic anything!!

On the other hand, I've heard it has a consistency and taste of wet pork....

SEAN ÄABERG said...

WASSAMATTAWETPORK?