The Wormhole wrote:
And you know this should/could kill the whole meat industry. Why make animals suffer and die when you can eat re-sequenced protein versions?
Apparentally it has. When Chief O'Brien said his mother used actual, non-replicated meat in her meals, Keiko was surprised she would do such a thing.
Well Picard was also fond of real caviar so humans do still eat animal products.
This does beg the question whether or not humans ever really have to eat ANYTHING that was ever alive? Why limit it to animals when replicators are just as capable of replicating plants. There could be an entire social movement on Earth advocating complete human removal from the food chain.