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Vat Grown Meat  
  Meat tissue for consumption, grown apart from an animal.  

Science fiction? Not so, according to recent research.

"Jesus," Molly said, her own plate empty, "gimme that. You know what this costs?" She took his plate. 'They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn't vat stuff." She forked a mouthful up and chewed.
Technovelgy from Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
Published by Phantasia Press in 1984
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See the article about vat grown meat for details about the real-world analog to this idea.

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, carniculture plants (factories) from Four-Day Planet (1961) by H. Beam Piper, butcher plant from Time is the Simplest Thing (1961) by Clifford Simak, and pseudoflesh from Whipping Star (1969) by Frank Herbert.

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  More Ideas and Technology from Neuromancer
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Vat Grown Meat-related news articles:
  - Vat-Grown Burgers Getting Cheaper
  - Rich (and Regular) People Should Stop Eating Meat, Says Bill Gates

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