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Cultured Meat

Touch the Soil News #925 (Feature photo – World’s first cultured meat ready for cooking in 2013 – CCA 3.0 Unported)

The debates over meat production, overuse of natural resources, animal cruelty, use of antibiotics and health concerns are a thing of the past, present and future. While meats made from plant proteins are growing rapidly, the more costly process of growing meat from animal cells in laboratory setting is also growing. Growing so much that it is attracting the attention and money of the world’s billionaires and large meat corporations.

Memphis Meats, which grows meat from animal cells. The San Francisco Company has investors that include Tyson Foods, Cargill (world’s largest food company) Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Elon Musk.

Estimates are that the world spends $1 trillion a year on meat. The use of cellular technology is now being touted as a way to create meat by bypassing animal agriculture. The world’s first lab-grown hamburger was made almost five years ago at a cost of around $200,000. Since then technology and innovation have sent the cost of lab meat tumbling downward.

The following video clips cover the pros and cons. With a world of shrinking resources, one thing is for sure – something different must be done.

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