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"...a market economy is essentially a genetic algorithm for solving resource allocation problems..."
- Charles Stross

Pseudoflesh  
  Meat (protein) that is produced apart from an animal; great steaks without rumination.  

I don't know whether the vegetarians would be satisfied with this or not. It does not require killing an animal, so maybe their long fast might be over. If you skipped the cow and just grew the steak, would you still be a carnivore?

"Where would they get a real steer?"

"There are some around for story props in the various entertainment media, that sort of thing. A few of the outback planets where they haven't the technology for pseudoflesh still raise cattle for food."

Technovelgy from Whipping Star, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Galaxy Publishing in 1969
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In the universe of Whipping Star, the universal economy is so advanced that no one needs to spend any time farming at all. The separation from the agrarian past of all species is complete. But until then, try Kobe Beef, the best steak you ever ate (an unsolicited testimonial!).

Compare to artificial food from The World Set Free (1914) by H.G. Wells, synthetic food from Unto us a Child is Born (1933) by David H. Keller, syntho-steak from Farmer in the Sky (1950) by Robert Heinlein, vat meat from The End of the Line (1951) by James Schmitz, Chicken Little from The Space Merchants (1952) by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth, animal tissue culture vat from Uller Uprising (1952) by H. Beam Piper, carniculture plants (factories) from Four-Day Planet (1961) by H. Beam Piper, butcher plant from Time is the Simplest Thing (1961) by Clifford Simak, vat-grown meat from Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson and ChickieNobs from Oryx and Crake (2003) by Margaret Atwood.

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  - Cultured Meat Straight From The Vat
  - Hungry? Print Yourself Some Bacon
  - BlueNalu Yellowtail Might Be Your First Lab-Grown Meat

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