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Old 05-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Hunterace View Post
Ok, WTF? Why is this a scientific goal? What a waste of $$$!!!
It's a scientific goal because there are seven billion people on the planet, and the number is growing. Meat production is inherently inefficient. It uses inordinate amounts of land, and there are massive losses in ebnergy going up the food chain. In addition, cattle produce methane, a contributor to climate change. Forested areas are cleared in South America to make room for cattle. The list goes on.

The need for animal protein is likely to grow even greater as a result of increasing wealth. Take India for exampe - a burgeoning middle class in a country of one billion. Higher demand pushes animal protein prices higher, pricing many out of the market.

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I just don't get it? Along with funded research into many things that don't matter, vs curing any of the many diseases, feeding the poor, lost goes on and on!
The funding for this research apparently came from an anonymous donor. The use of research is to some extent in the eye of the beholder. One argument is that research is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle -you never know where an application may lead down the line. Personally, I think the primary characteristic of humans is curiosity about the world, and that - provided research is ethical - that's justification enough.

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Has history and science not already proven that man made food is horrible for the body?
No.
Even though most people on MAB will tell you different, a non trans-fat margarine is likely to be better for your health than butter. Most people on here are taking 'engineered' foods in the forrm of multivitamins (though this is probably a bad example). Preservatives stop harmful pathogens forming that have devastating effects on health. Rehydration packs save thousands from the ravages of dysentry.

I'll agree that plenty of processed foods are horrible, but the trap is in thinking natural = good, artificial = bad. That's too simple.
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