- Who would trust this?? Or try this???
"In vitro #meat
is becoming big business. Recently, #China
signed a $300-million trade deal to import slaughter-free meat technology from #Israeli
firms including #SuperMeat
and Meat the #Future
. Similarly, #BillGates
joined a consortium which is pumping $17 million into San Francisco–based Memphis Meats.
Even four years ago, when Mark Post and his team at Maastricht University—bankrolled by #Google
the world's first lab-grown #burger
at a press-frenzied event in London, mass-produced lab-grown meat seemed decades away from seeing the inside of a supermarket.
The in-vitro burger, cultured from #cattle #stemcells,
the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global #foodshortages
and help combat climate change, was fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers.
The burger is the result of years of research by Post, a vascular biologist at the University of Maastricht, who is working to show how meat grown in petri dishes might one day be a true alternative to meat from #livestock
.The meat in the burger has been made by knitting together around 20,000 strands of #protein
that has been cultured from cattle stem cells in Post's lab.
Throw in that it will combat the #environmental
damage caused by raising, transporting, and #killing
as well as helping to abate world hunger and make the food supply safer, and it's a no-brainer.
Will consumers eat this stuff? Well, if you've ever seen the offal, blood and guts and manure mixed together on the #slaughterhouse
floor, or the worms inside animals' stomachs as they are cut open, and you still eat meat, then surely you'd prefer a version which has been manufactured in a lab?
According to scientists from the universities of Oxford and Amsterdam, compared to meat production using live animals, creating lab-grown meat produces 96 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and requires up to 99% less land, 96% less water, and 45% less energy. In vitro products also contain no antibiotics and are free of pathogens that could lead to pandemics."