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Meat in a Test Tube: Is it Better for Humankind?

Ross Reynolds
04/21/2008 at 1:00 p.m.

What if you could grow meat in laboratories instead of on the hoof? Even hard core carnivores will concede there are problems: There are vast amounts of grain used to feed the animals. And chicken and pig farms generate tons of waste. Now, researchers are working a solution. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is offering a million dollars to the scientist who comes up with commercially viable meat produced in a laboratory. But would you eat it?

Also today, Washington State's Children's Administration is in trouble. It's been hit with lawsuits on behalf of children abused while under their care. Now their national accreditation is on hold. Where is Washington State falling down?

And the Seattle City Council considers a proposal to ease environmental review for some new developments. We'll find out more.



Guests:
Richard Klarberg is president of the New York based Council on Accreditation.
Sally Clark chairs the land-use committee on the Seattle City Council.

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