In 2005, NASA scientists launched a project to feed Astronauts on long-term voyages in space; specifically, proteins as found in meat; something that would be a healthy addition to, or substitute for, the boring diet of hydroponic vegetables grown in spaceship gardens. This involved taking stem cells or tissue samples from food animals such as pigs, cattle, and chickens, and growing them in vitro in a cell culture.
This effort was successful, and the first artificial meat was created in small quantities in a sort of Petri dish environment. Scientists were quick to realize the potential: These meat substitutes, produced under controlled conditions impossible to maintain in traditional animal farms, would be safer, more nutritious, less polluting, and more humane than conventional meat.
The larger goal is to feed the world. Many people around the globe are starved for animal proteins, and would be grateful to be able to add an inexpensive and tasty side dish to their diet of rice or other cereal products. And, let’s face it; the world can no longer support the use of human food crops and cereals to feed herd animals, and the atmospheric pollution from their digestive apparatus (cow farts) is second only to that contributed by Termites. To get up to date on the possibilities see this website: http://www.new-harvest.org/default.php
Be that as it may, I sense a huge money-making opportunity here and, it has nothing to do with pigs and cattle.
You see, it’s been fairly well established that birds (including chickens) are the remnant of the dinosaurs who ruled the earth until 65 million years ago, when an asteroid took them out. Some scientists are trying to recreate dinosaurs by de-evolving birds into their saurian forbearers. And recently, actual Dino DNA has been found in soft tissues that amazingly still adhere to Dino fossils.
Now, I’m not proposing a Jurassic Park scenario. I doubt that intact chromosomes of Dino DNA sufficient to recreate live animals will ever be found, or even extrapolated by computers. There are too many variables to contend with. However, there is nothing, in principal, to stop them from growing Dino meat in the Petri dish.
If you were a gourmet, how much would you pay to be able to dine on a rolled roast of Tyrannosaurus Rex? Would the flavor of exotic Hadrosaur steaks take the world of haut cuisine by storm? The possibilities are endless. How about inexpensive haunch of Mammoth; or perhaps, roast Dodo birds for that Thanksgiving dinner? I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Offering these new and unusual delicacies would be a huge money-maker and could fund the development of mass production techniques for more mundane food items such as bacon, to feed the starving hordes.