Friday, December 11, 2009
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.
Posted by SEAN at 10:34 AM