Milk without cows, eggs without chickens

09/03/2018 |

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Tucked away inconspicuously in an old bio-hacker space in Oakland, California, are the research facilities of Counter Culture Labs founded by biologist Ryan Bethencourt.

He may have the answer to the old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg.

One of his goals is to produce eggs without chickens. Another is to produce milk without cows.

It may sound crazy, but the future may be right around the corner.

Bethencourt is just one of a growing group of scientist-entrepreneurs determined to produce artificial animal-like food without the animals.

…But how does it taste?

Is it as good as the real thing?

Is it healthy?

What would God think about it? …

To that, says Isha Datar, executive director of New Harvest: “Today, milk is made by artificially inseminating a cow at 13 months of age, having it bear a calf nine months later, having the calf removed (to be made into veal), and then maintaining the cow in a lactating state for about two years. By age 4, the dairy cow is culled for beef.” Read more.

The good old days

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By Geoff Charles - Twins from Llandderfel who milk their cow everyday to get milk for their cats, CC0, Link

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


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