PETA Offers X-Prize for Artificial Meat
Factory farming is a natural progression of human culture. We analyze our problems (steak is expensive and difficult to provide on a larger scale). We engineer and deploy solutions (farming).
Without agriculture, humans would never have developped any modern science. Only scientific applications to agriculture freed up enough cultural labor to apply science outside the realm of feeding everyone.
We ate meat before agriculture, and we eat meat now. And every last one of the vegans posting here (and even Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco too) would also eat meat if it were a choice between starving or eating meat.
Is factory farming so morally bankrupt that it cannot be a part of our culture without inordinate cruelty? What if the cows lived as nice a life as any cow could live. Free from predation, largely free from disease, but they still existed to be humanely euthanized at a slaughter house and for food and non-food products for humans? Would it be OK then?
The real issue with stances PETA takes is that they completely ignore the fact that only because of the success of agricultural science do we have a world in which tens of millions of dollars a year are donated to corporate campaign activists who seek to attack the very science that created the world in which they protest.