PETA of­fers $1m for in-vitro meat

Irish Independent - Farming - - Front Page -

A $1m (€700,000) re­ward is be­ing of­fered to the first sci­en­tist in the world to pro­duce edible meat in the lab­o­ra­tory.

An­i­mal rights or­gan­i­sa­tion Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals (PETA) is of­fer­ing the money to the first sci­en­tist to cre­ate the first in­vitro chicken meat and sell it to the pub­lic by June 30, 2012.

In-vitro meat pro­duc­tion uses an­i­mal stem cells that would be placed in a medium to grow and re­pro­duce. The re­sult would mimic flesh and could be cooked and eaten, claims PETA.

The competition is part of PETA's on­go­ing cam­paign against the slaugh­ter of an­i­mals for hu­man con­sump­tion.

To qual­ify for the re­ward, con­tes­tants must pro­duce an in-vitro chicken-meat prod­uct that has a taste and tex­ture in­dis­tin­guish­able from real chicken for non-meat-eaters and meat-eaters alike. In ad­di­tion, they must man­u­fac­ture the ap­proved prod­uct in large enough quan­ti­ties to be sold com­mer­cially.

Judg­ing of taste and tex­ture will be per­formed by 10 PETA judges, who will sam­ple the chicken us­ing PETA's fried ‘chicken’ recipe. The meat must get a score of 80 or more when eval­u­ated to win the prize.

Progress to­wards in-vitro meat is un­der way world­wide but has not yet reached the stage where it has been re­leased for pub­lic con­sump­tion.

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