poem24 Aug 2020 08:00 am
By Lovis Corinth – [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15623804

Robert Borski

Despite numbering in the millions,
no cow in this microscopic herd moos,

chews grass, produces milk, drops calves,
emits methane, or trembles before

the violent haunts of the slaughterhouse.
Welcome to the brave new world

of cellular agriculture, where farming
is done in bioreactors, upon pastures

of glass, producing tissue-engineered
“flesh” that is almost indistinguishable

from the real thing. Perhaps even you
yourself have tried nano-beef,

marveling, as you masticate the soylent
brown patty about your mouth, at not

only how molecularly cow-like it tastes,
but how well your single-chamber

stomach is still able to process
the ersatz meat.


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