Teacher’s Questions for Engineered Meat
- Have you ever thought about whether food and drink that you consume have ingredients that were grown in a lab instead of on a farm? What kinds of ingredients in your food and beverages do you think could have been lab-grown?
- Would you eat meat that was grown in a lab instead of on a farm? Explain why or why not.
- What is the estimated cost of the burger that Mark Post will eat on TV in October?
- List three similarities between meat grown in a lab and meat grown on a farm. What is the one big difference between lab-grown meat and farm-raised meat (other than cost at this point)?
- How does an increasing human population affect the demand for meat?
- How does the practice of raising animals for consumption affect the environment?
- What color is Post’s lab-grown meat? Why does it have this hue?
- How big are the strips of meat growing in Post’s lab? How many of these strips does Post need to build a burger?
- How long have scientists known that tissues can be kept alive outside of the body?
- What kinds of cells (other than muscle cells) have made lab-grown meat possible?
- In what other way are scientists using stem cells?
- Describe the three-step process that Post uses to get the muscle stem cells to start dividing in the lab.
- How do scientists make lab-grown meat “work out”?
- Explain the drawback of this muscle-building regimen.
- Explain a potential drawback of using stem cells to grow meat in a lab.
- Did reading the story change your mind about whether you’d eat lab-grown meat? Why or why not?
- Can you think of another food or drink item that could be grown in a lab instead of on a farm? Would growing this product in a lab benefit people and the environment? Would you eat it?
- Do you think more people would consider eating meat, or consider eating it more often, if it were grown in a lab and no animals were killed to produce it? Explain your answer.