Cultured meat; will it separate us from nature?

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Abstract

In vitro meat, or cultured meat, is one of the ideas that are being proposed to help solve the problems associated with the ever growing global meat consumption. The prospect is a source or great moral hope, but also generates doubts and criticism. In this paper, we focus on worries about (1) the alleged unnaturalness of in vitro meat; and (2) the possible deterioration of our relations with nature and animals. We will argue that arguments about (un)naturalness take us to any conclusion we want. As to our relations with nature and animals, we think it more plausible that cultured meat will lead to improvement than to deterioration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClimate change and sustainable development. Ethical perspectives on land use and food production
EditorsT. Potthast, S. Meisch
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages348-351
Number of pages526
ISBN (Print)9789086861972
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Welin, S., & van der Weele, C. (2012). Cultured meat; will it separate us from nature? In T. Potthast, & S. Meisch (Eds.), Climate change and sustainable development. Ethical perspectives on land use and food production (pp. 348-351). Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.