As the meat industry shifts from being about raising and killing actual animals to either printing ‘meats’ on a computer, or raising and killing genetic abominations, we have to ask: ‘When it all comes down to it, do you really think you can taste the difference?’
Your first reaction is probably: ‘Of course I can taste the difference! I get all my meat from a farmer that I know and trust. They only do full-on, grass-fed, humanely slaughtered, 100% organic non-GMO meat! I would be able to tell if someone gave me fake meat, or meat from some unnaturally enhanced animal!’
That all sounds very nice to say. But have you taken the Pepsi challenge?
‘Of course not!‘ you say. ‘I would never eat crap like that!’
What makes you so confident?
Overconfidence is bad. Do you know who else was overconfident? Bobby Riggs. Think about that.
So are you sure you can taste the difference? Like, are you 100% sure? Are your taste buds really that sophisticated? The answers to these questions may disturb you.
Think about this: What if you couldn’t tell? What if you didn’t know? What if all the meat you’d put in your mouth for the past decade or so was ‘fake’ or somehow modified to increase meatiness and make farming easier? What if those farmers you know and trust had traded in their animals for a big printer years ago, and were hanging out in the barn with their feet up binge-watching Season 1 of Homecoming on Amazon Prime TV? Do you really think you’d know? Could you blame them? Homecoming is great TV, tackling profound issues with stellar writing and beautiful imagery, and it’s nominated for major awards! And animals smell bad.
This is the question everyone is asking. No one really knows the extent to which ‘fake meat’ has infiltrated our diets. It only makes sense that they would roll out some large-scale tests before informing the public.
It only makes sense that the scientists can now say: ‘You think ‘fake meat’ is weird? You’ve been eating it for a decade and haven’t complained. Or died. You look fine. What are you, some kind of food snob? Food is food. Who gives a crap?! Eat it and be happy it’s not full of maggots and disease and who knows what! We’re here to take care of you, and make the world a better place. Isn’t that enough? Or do you want more than that? Are you really that needy? Maybe you should take a look in the mirror and just try being happy for once. It’s not that hard!’
Science is like that. It’s only concerned with facts.
It’s the way the cookie crumbles. You don’t want to be one of those people who deny science, do you?