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"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
- Frederik Pohl

Pork Tree  
  A plant that produces an analog to animal meat.  

Lilo concentrated on pork trees. She succeeded in improving the yield and sweetness of the pink inner meat, while at the same time improving the fat-to-lean ratio of the bacon...
From The Ophiuchi Hotline, by John Varley.
Published by Quantum Science Fiction in 1977
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Compare this to the butcher plants from Time is the Simplest Thing (1961) by Clifford Simak and crop algae from Cities in Flight (1957) by James Blish and protine from Solar Lottery (1955) by Philip K. Dick.

For a cautionary twist, see the hyperpig from Alastair Reynolds' 2002 novel Redemption Ark

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