A small group of people will meet in Washington later this year for what they hope will be a lunch to change the world. The meal should consist of fried chicken and nothing else, but while it may look like chicken, have the texture of chicken and even taste like chicken, it will never have lived or breathed.
Should someone succeed in ‘growing’ artificial meat, it’s going to lead to some interesting philosophical discussions, particularly around whether it would be ok for vegetarians to eat it. If it’s grown from stem cells, then surely it still counts as something that’s come from an animal? In which case, whether it’s ok to eat it would depend on why you’re a vegetarian.