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A golden opportunity to join the food revolution and boost the island's economy:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=60351&headline=Golden opportunity to join the food revolution and boost the island's economy&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2021

So says billionaire entrepreneur and island resident Jim Mellon, whose big idea is for farmers to have "bioreactors in which cells from a cow are fed a cocktail of nutrients growing into edible tissue", also known as cell cultured meat.  He is so keen on alternative approaches to current intensive farming methods that he has written a 283-page book called Moo’s Law about this.

I agree with him that we need alternative approaches to current intensive farming methods, and in fact I am already producing food by alternative methods.  It's called an "allotment", one of the old fashioned kind which involves carting wheelbarrowloads of manure and compost around and getting rather dirty.  I think that anyone who has high-tech fantasies about producing food by cell culture, vertical farming, high yielding genetically engineered hybrids and so on, should actually try producing some food themselves and find out what it's like in real life.

So I read the article and thought to myself "This is a man who has probably never tried growing his own food.  He probably doesn't even have a vegetable patch."  And as he gave his address in the news article as Collinson House, Port Erin, I thought I would have a quick look on Google Satellite and see if I was right.

And I was.  Not only that, there is no greenery to be seen anywhere at Collinson House.  Not even a blade of grass.  Look for yourself:

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I think I'll give the cell cultured meat a pass and stick to my allotment.

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I'd agree, synthesised 'meat' just isn't cricket. 

Judging by Balladoc's carrots he's already trying it!

there's fuck all intensive about the islands farming !!   the abattoir can barely  tick over.     i guess there's intensive subsidy and grant grabbing, maybe that's what's the reference was referring

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1 hour ago, BallaDoc said:

And I was.  Not only that, there is no greenery to be seen anywhere at Collinson House.  Not even a blade of grass.  Look for yourself:

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Your picture includes lots of greenery owned by Collinson House . It includes the bank down to the pathway round Spaldrick bay. Which is wild hedgerow etc.  Probably better for the environment than a lawn.

 

 

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there's fuck all intensive about the islands farming !!   the abattoir can barely  tick over.     i guess there's intensive subsidy and grant grabbing, maybe that's what's the reference was referring to ?    mellon by name melon by nature.

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3 minutes ago, The Phantom said:

At the moment I think insects are probably the more viable option for traditional protein substitutes. 

They seem slightly less freaky than lab synthesized muscle tissue. 

 

I'd agree, synthesised 'meat' just isn't cricket. 

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A good article but I doubt it’s going to of use here.

We did have a good, tried and tested biotech industry built up well over 30 years. A pandemic hits the island, and our vain arrogant leadership mess around a Manx expert, one of its own. 
 

The Cleantech/Clean-sweep era from the late 1980-90s died a death. Manufacturing is on its arse - we don’t have a slipper factory! Strix whilst having a presence here makes its products in the Far East. There are various craft and artisan foodie makers here, but hardly great job creators, and exporters. I used to be able to buy Manx Cheese from Asda, Morrison’s and Tesco. Not anymore last time I saw. 
 

Sadly with the jokers in charge, agriculture and food manufacturing will decrease. Still maybe Mr Mellon knows which buttons to press on the Ministers and Civil Servants. Raj of Oddbins couldn’t make a success of his brewing/food business and other interests, and he was supposed to be an expert. 
 

Not promising and fills you with dread for the future.

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23 minutes ago, 2112 said:

A good article but I doubt it’s going to of use here.

We did have a good, tried and tested biotech industry built up well over 30 years. A pandemic hits the island, and our vain arrogant leadership mess around a Manx expert, one of its own. 
 

The Cleantech/Clean-sweep era from the late 1980-90s died a death. Manufacturing is on its arse - we don’t have a slipper factory! Strix whilst having a presence here makes its products in the Far East. There are various craft and artisan foodie makers here, but hardly great job creators, and exporters. I used to be able to buy Manx Cheese from Asda, Morrison’s and Tesco. Not anymore last time I saw. 
 

Sadly with the jokers in charge, agriculture and food manufacturing will decrease. Still maybe Mr Mellon knows which buttons to press on the Ministers and Civil Servants. Raj of Oddbins couldn’t make a success of his brewing/food business and other interests, and he was supposed to be an expert. 
 

Not promising and fills you with dread for the future.

Even if Jim Mellon knows which buttons to press in IOMG it won't get any traction with them, especially DfE, because they didn't think of it first. As you say, it's likely to go the way of all the others you have mentioned.

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3 hours ago, Declan said:

 

Your picture includes lots of greenery owned by Collinson House . It includes the bank down to the pathway round Spaldrick bay. Which is wild hedgerow etc.  Probably better for the environment than a lawn.

 

 

Nothing to do with subject but I wondered who owned Collinson, there’s been lots of work going on last 12 months. The ballroom at the front has spectacular views & had a couple of grand pianos on view when I walked by recently 

 

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10 minutes ago, Banker said:

Nothing to do with subject but I wondered who owned Collinson, there’s been lots of work going on last 12 months. The ballroom at the front has spectacular views & had a couple of grand pianos on view when I walked by recently 

 

I think he's owned it for years, since the 90s? 

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2 hours ago, The Phantom said:

I ate fried spicy crickets (or something resembling grasshoppers anyway) in Mexico.  Weren't too bad actually. 

Programme from China on tv the other night, whole markets specialising in insects as food, crickets, grasshoppers, grilled, basted, on a spit, you name it.

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1 minute ago, Non-Believer said:

Programme from China on tv the other night, whole markets specialising in insects as food, crickets, grasshoppers, grilled, basted, on a spit, you name it.

bats, pangolins...?

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