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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Historic Storm Devastates Poultry Industry

A historic storm that decimated Alabama left more than 300 dead and billions in damage. According to BBC, that damage extends to the state’s $2.4 billion per year poultry industry. Chicken houses and processing plants were flattened, leaving many owners left with no choice but to euthanize any remaining chickens that weren’t killed during the storm. Owners say without electricity or water, they have no way to care for the poultry.

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>Is Chicken Feed Causing Cancer?

>Author and journalist David Kirby wrote a piece for The Huffington Post discussing the possibility that arsenic in chicken feed may be causing “cancer clusters,” or areas of the country that have significantly more instances of cancer than the rest of the nation. Arsenic is often used in chicken feed to make chickens grow faster.