PETA Offers Reward For Successful Lab-Grown Meat

According to the Daily Mail, animal welfare group PETA has offered a $1 million reward to the first scientist who can prove laboratory-grown chicken is viable by 2016. Proponents of lab-grown meat say it would be more environmentally friendly and reduce animal suffering.

To produce such meat, scientists obtain animal muscle cells and incubate them in a protein broth. The cells multiply and create a sticky tissue. The “wasted muscle” is “exercised” using lab equipment to achieve animal muscle ready to be sold, cooked and eaten. Some researchers claim that ten pork muscle cells could produce as many as 50,000 tons of meat in two months.

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The Average American Ate A Ton Last Year

According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds of dairy per year and 185 pounds of meat and poultry. Americans consumed 273 pounds of fruit and 415 pounds of vegetables, but the majority of vegetables were starch-heavy corn and potatoes.

All that is topped off with 141 pounds of sweetener, including 42 pounds of corn syrup, and 85 pounds of fats. The USDA estimates the average American eats nearly 2,700 calories per day, which is significantly higher than the 2,000 recommended for an average person.

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The Latest Feast Trends: Piglet-Shaped Pork, Turkey-Shaped Breasts

The Consumerist recently reported about a pork roast shaped like a piglet, and it turns out the same company that produces the molded pork also makes turkey breast molded into the shape of a whole turkey. So if you’re looking for that traditional Thanksgiving turkey without the hassle of roasting a whole turkey, this could be the option for you.


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Caffeinated Jerky: The Latest Military Technology

The Washington Post is reporting that military food scientists have developed their own version of caffeinated jerky, which contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. The technologists are also creating foods with supplements like omega 3s and curcumin, which fight inflammation. One of their latest concoctions is Zapplesauce, an applesauce laced with energy-boosting maltodextrin.


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The Daily Show Investigates Hot Dog Safety

The Daily Show recently looked at the danger of hot dogs to public safety by interviewing National Hot Dog and Sausage Council President Janet Riley. Riley defended the safety of the hot dog against claims by a doctors’ group.
“While The Daily Show may appear on the Comedy Channel, research shows that growing number of Americans rely on the show as a key source of news and information,” Riley said.  “Stewart’s credibility scores are on par with many leading journalists and we were gratified to take our message to this increasingly important source of information.”
View the video clip below.