I ran across this article online today
and was mildly perturbed, thinking that meat might one day be grown in a lab. I was picturing something similar to how you grow crystals in a jar, only it was bacon. Synthetic meat seems about as far away from paleo as anyone could ever get.
What makes you think you are not eating a form of synthetic meat right now or have not eaten it in the past?
Many investigations have been done for the illegal labeling of fish and meat glue is a well known and approved trick to take scraps, form them into a normal looking cut and then sell it as if it were higher quality.
Then all those people on the SAD are often buying chunks of wheat and textured vegetable protein with meat flavoring like the "meat" used in some meat balls, pasta sauce, and chicken nuggets (packaged, not McDonald's)
It sounds like it will be nutritionally poor. How are you supposed to get the same biochemical composition without having the entire body? Many compounds are produced in the liver and elsewhere. No thank you.
Look on the bright side - more lab meat means less CAFOs means less land for growing factory farm animals' food. We paleos can take that land, rehabilitate it, and pasture some delicious real animals on it.
If, and this is a BIG if, it's biochemically identical and structurally similar to off-the-animal meat, I would at least try it.
However, with a little understanding of biology, it becomes obvious that this is a long way off. Meat isn't just muscle cells. It's oriented muscle cells. It's got extracellular matrix and connective tissue. It's got fat. It's vascular. It's been worked.
We can culture muscle cells no problem, but to grow anything similar to, say, a steak, is firmly in the realm of science fiction for some years to come.
A much more detailed article today in Mother Jones about the same topic - definitely adds more things to think about. Good points, good arguments, interesting stuff. And yes.. if offered I would try. Schmeat!