On June 21, 2023, the FDA and the USDA has officially approved the sales of lab-grown meat from California companies, Upside Foods and Good Meats. Lab grown meat is the proccess of re-creating the taste/texture of real animal meat from animal stem cells.
Lab Process: Stem cells or “special stored egg cells” are taken from animal eggs and placed into nutrient bath that helps the cells grow. Those cells are placed into a large device (bioreactors) that grows organisms, where they develop fat and muscle fibers. Then the fibers and fat is shaped into the desired meat such as steak and chicken.
Why is this such a big deal?
Although this procedure is designed to decrease the unethical slaughter/treatment towards animals and have meat become environmental friendly. It has been scientifically proven that since lab grown meat is based off of animal cell culture, it is developed in high tech facilities which is worse for the envirnoment because it has higher production of carbon footprint/energy. It has also been proven that lab grown meat will potentially cause health issues for humans such as autoimmune issues, which is when your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in your body. Interestingly enough, Italy was the first country in the world to ban lab grown meat to protect the health of Italians and to protect the Italian food heritage.
One observation about Join the Conversation is that most of the content in the textbook is excerpts of other books, articles, etc. This adds diversity within the book and further sparks my interest/encouragement to read it.
Hi, my name is Sarahy, but everyone calls me Sarah. My name is pronounced in Spanish as “sa-ra-e.” I go by she/her pronouns. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, specifically from Bushwick.
I’m majoring in Digital Marketing in hopes of being able to get into the advertising side of the makeup industry. I’m heavily invested in cosmetology and one of my life goals is to become a beauty advisor in top makeup companies such as Charlotte Tilbury, Fenti, Rare Beauty, etc. In my free time, I teach myself how to master different makeup techniques, study color theory in order to color match, etc. I’m also invested in fashion design. I own a sketch book that hold a bunch of future designs I plan to use because soon I will be opening my own business that specializes in screen printing. In my free time, I love to thrift and sell clothes that I either make or thrift on different platforms such as Depop. I also have been doing professional dancing for 10+ years. I do ballet, modern, contemporary, hip-pop, etc. I have performed at places like Kings Theatre, school assemblies/shows, parades, etc. I’m currently on break to focus on school and work but hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it soon.
I have two dogs, a Chihuahua named Bella and a Shih tzu/Maltese named Sophie. They are both super important to me because I spend majority of my time with them when I’m at home and I love them so much.
One of the details from, “Learning to Read” from The Autobiography of Malcolm X, that made a strong impression on me was the character development that he had throughout his life. We know that in 1946, he had gone to prison for robbery and in those seven years he wasted no time. He went from not being “functional” and “articulate” at writing simple English to leaving the impression that he had gone to school past the 8th grade. It is truly inspirational to see a person who started out as a street hustler become one of the most powerful leaders in America. We recall that in the excerpt Malcolm X gave us a description of what “homemade education” is. I make this term to be the epitome of determination and drive. He shows us that you can introduce yourself to knowledge that you never knew about and still master it, all it requires is infinite motivation and attempts. One of the elements that I can identify with is the sense of accomplishment throughout the text. Just like Malcolm X, it makes me feel excellent knowing that I have achieved something that I thought I couldn’t achieve on my own. Success is what makes me proud of myself and makes me feel satisfied with my understanding of the world.