Anthony Bourdain Slams Synthetic Meat Creators: How Do You Think They Develop That Stuff?

"Parts Unknown" host Anthony Bourdain has some tough talk for synthetic meat fans and creators, like the scientist whose team predicts Christmas turkey will be grown in a lab by 2030.


"I look at food as being something that should be pleasurable first, so the idea of creating synthetic meat, it seems antithetical to everything I believe in," Bourdain said in an interview with TechInsider, which has published multiple pieces on the synthetic meat industry. 

Bourdain believes synthetic meat is "the enemy" and claims the new industry isn't as eco-friendly as some would like to believe.

"We waste a lot of meat in this country," Bourdain said. "There are plenty of cuts of meat off the animal that we throw away and do not use and you can make wonderful things out of those products. I think we should be doing that long before we start thinking about growing product in the lab."

The meat connoisseur had a question for the meatless mavericks: "If you're a vegetarian or vegan and you are spending your time patting yourself on the back because you're eating a meat-like substitute made from some weird soy product, how do you think they develop that stuff?" he asked.

Animal welfare organizations are enthusiastic about the development of synthetic meat because of its potential to reduce the suffering of tens of billions of animals on factory farms.

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