The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
I would like to provide All-Creatures with an opportunity to participate in an effort that has the potential to end the vast majority of animal suffering and address some of the most critical environmental issues we face today.
The effort I am referring to concerns the research and development of hydroponic or "in vitro" meat as an ethical and responsible alternative to animal flesh for human consumption. Similar in concept to soil-free hydroponic vegetable cultivation, hydroponic meat is grown without the body of the animal.
Currently, there are no funded hydroponic meat research and development programs in the United States. To address this issue, I've entered a project titled "Hydroponic Meat for a Sustainable Planet Earth" in the American Express members project contest.
See link for project description: http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/H6PLUB
Projects are eligible for $100K to $1.5M in funding. I have selected New-harvest.org as the recipient organization in the event that this project is awarded funding.
If you would like to show your support, there are several ways:
1. nominate this project
2. post a comment on the site
3. Provide this notice to others who would be interested in supporting this idea.
Projects may be nominated by the community through the 31st of August.
The success of this project depends upon funding, and funding will only be possible with the collective support of the compassionate community.
Though you and I may choose to live vegetarian lifestyles, in actuality, overall meat consumption in the United States and in developing countries (e.g. China) is on the rise. According to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, this trend is anticipated to continue into the future. Hydroponic meat produced and marketed economically at a commercial scale possesses the potential to undermine the demand for traditional meat as an equivalent commodity in a capitalist economy, regardless of the values of the consumer. If realized, hydroponic meat will be the most realistic and effective approach to ending the majority of animal suffering and restoring our environment.
Please join me and show your support for this project. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write and I will be happy to respond.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
P.S. The renowned primatologist, environmentalist and vegetarian Jane Goodall is on the AmEx members project Advisory Panel responsible for advancing 25 of the top community supported projects to the final voting rounds. With her insight and your participation, I am confident that we will have a chance to profoundly change the future.
For more information about hydroponic (in vitro) meat:
Why Cultured Meat
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
We really don't know a whole lot about the process needed to produce hydroponic meat other than a video we saw, basically because the very thought of eating flesh is a real turn-off, but because of your letter, we will do a little more research and let you know.
We hope the links you sent us give us the information on what is needed in materials, ingredients, energy, and processing/production costs.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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