In 2008, when PETA offered a $1 million incentive to anyone who could develop a marketable in
vitro (lab-grown) meat, there were some who scoffed. Since then, research
into in vitro meat has exploded—the
research, that is, not the labs—and the idea (along with PETA’s offer) has shown
up in The New Yorker and on TV shows ranging from Better Off Ted (R.I.P., Veridian Dynamics) to The Colbert Report.
Who’s laughing now?
Though no one has yet stepped up to claim the prize by the
June 30, 2012, closing date, there has been so much encouraging progress that
PETA has decided to extend
the deadline until 2013. Several
scientists appear to be getting close—the University of Missouri (Go, Tigers!)
is a hotbed for in vitro meat
research, for some reason—but if you think you can close the gap, get crackin’!
Even if you don’t know a test tube from a champagne flute,
you can help animals, your health, and the environment today by enjoying any of the delish vegan meats—from veggie burgers to faux hot dogs to chick’n nuggets—already in your grocer’s
freezer case. View or order PETA’s free starter kit to learn more about meatless living!
Article source: PETA Files