Arthur C Clarke has (as usual) beaten them to it. In "3001" he describes a thing called an "Autochef" which produces meals on demand. However by then they've lost their taste for meat and regard Frank Poole (a rescued Astronaut from 2001) with some disdain when he remembers the meat of his previous life.
And of course the food replicators had this beat on 60's Trek episodes where they skipped all the messy details and converted energy right to food matter of whatever choices desired (as long as the food data was in the computer's "tapes")...or maybe it was the Jetsons win where both fuel for transportation and food were all conveniently reduced to pills. Utopia if it were not for the push-button-itus maladies of that scene.
I will try printed meat when it can have green eggs printed along side it, sam I am.
Something tells me that a variation on this theme is in our future whether we like the idea or not. Already we have "pink slime" which is meat that's been mechanically chewed off it's host and more or less recreated. We have water and flavoring being injected into meats and who knows what else.
If it is deemed safe for human consumption and is less expensive to produce, it will end ina a store near you.
Why not printable vegetables first?These would be more palatable than the idea of eating a printed meat.
Or for that matter we should first get habituated to this printed food concept by eating say printed bread or printed biscuits.
No one has addressed the real problem inherent in this: our broken agriculture system. When it takes 8 grams of oil energy to produce 1g of food energy and we feed grain to cattle (and antibiotics to keep them healthy on an alien diet), we have got things severely wrong.
Our food system may have problems, but I'd call it far from broken. All of that fuel is used on machinery and automation that allows greater quantities of food to be produced. It allows greater variety of food to be produced in various parts of the world, allowing fresh fruits and vegetables to be available for far more of the year than would otherwise be possible.
Yes, I know correlation isn't necessarily cause and a lot of other factors are at play, but there is a lot of correlation between mechanization of food production and a pretty dramatic increase in lifespan over the last 50 or so years.
I certainly think we've taken it too far in some areas. i.e., that a small amount of contaminated meat can lead to a recall of millions of pounds, and the super-sizing of fatty foods. But on balance we're healthier and live longer because of it.
Answering the immediate question, yes I would eat printed meat. It would probably have no grizzle, be intricately layered with fat, and hence taste as good as the particular source materials and structure design can allow. (Not going to discuss the source materials!)
The not so immediate question in my mind is what complex foods can be printed? Simple breads seem to be well handled at present, but much more interesting layered and decorated products could be made.
And my big gripe (since so many else are off topic) is we eat WAY TOO MUCH creating FAR TOO MUCH demand which breaks down food supply systems and creates a myriad of awful environmental issues.
THis discussion certainly gave all of the meat-haters a chance to rant a bit. So, would I eat printed meat? Of course, at least once. It might be good, and it might be healthy, and there does indeed exist a chance that it may be cheaper than regular meat. But I offer a point of concern, which is that there is a crowd around who won't even eat geneticly altered food, which is still the real thing, just a bit different. So you have an army of ignorant people who will be against the very idea before there are any published facts available.
Aside from all of that, I am certain that it will be much nicer to eat than much of the stuff in survival training. And once you have been through that you can eat anything.
This article has me boiling, and it's not because I'm against fake meat. The main emphasis of the article seems to be whether folks will buy into the notion of fake meat, and I'm OK with asking that question. What's got me riled up is it reflects a too common mentality that is trying to demonize our food. The article uses loaded phrases like "environmental train wreck" and "catastrophic" (regarding environmental burden) to describe the meat production industry as it is today. Then, it takes some numbers and makes them sound terrible. I went through the math, and it's not terrible. For instance, (by their numbers) it takes about 3/4 the size of Wyoming to produce all the beef consumed in the United States. That's not terrible. BUT SO WHAT IF IT WAS TERRIBLE? Somehow in that whole discussion is the idea that a particular use of private land is morally wrong. Let's say I've got 11 acres (I do). What if I want to produce a few cows on it? Isn't that my prerogative? I drove through Wyoming recently. What else are they going to do with that land (beef is their largest agricultural product)? Growing crops on it isn't totally feasible. Plus, I think the folks in Wyoming know how best to use their land. To me it's morally wrong for some writer sitting at a cubicle somewhere to decide what should and shouldn't be done with someone else's land.
The next rub comes in the 6th paragraph where it implies all this will be done, "without the environmental impact". What!!!??? Just exactly where are they going to get the raw materials to make this fake meat? It's going to have to be grown or dug out of the ground somehow and transported from there to the factory. And where are they going to get the free energy that doesn't have any environmental impact? What are the waste products of this fake meat factory going to be and how are they going to deal with that?
"Just exactly where are they going to get the raw materials to make this fake meat?"
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time to pass the hat and give them something useful this year perhaps...before their cleared out as the PR ramp's up again EE