Brad Messer Commentary
Friday, May 30, 2003

The Meat Tree

A fruit tree bioengineered to produce meat! A sensational genetics experiment.

British scientists report that after a dozen years of trying, they exceeded their biggest hopes.

It looks like an ordinary fruit tree, in this case, a grapefruit tree. Slice into the fruit and there's the beef! The quality ranges from tender filet mignon to hamburger.

Here's a quote from the original report:

Those who've sampled the meat agree it tastes like the real thing. "I was a bit skeptical at first when I sank my teeth into a hamburger after they told me it grew on a tree," says Londoner Mark Basker, 41, who participated in a consumer taste-test. "But it was juicy and delicious -- nothing leafy about it at all." Meat grown on trees needs only sun, water and fertilizer and thus is more cost-effective than raising livestock..."

Genes from a steer, combined in a laboratory with matter from a plant. Sounds like science fiction, doesn't it.

It is. The Meat Tree is the latest rampant rumor on the internet and people are eating it up. There is no Meat Tree... despite what your email excitedly reports.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


May 16, 2003
Yahoo, Weekly World News
Scientists create tree that produces meat

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