Don't make that face. If we can fertilize a human egg in a Petri dish, surely we can grow a meatball in a lab.
That's what the founders of San Francisco-based Memphis Meats propose. They say their meat, which is grown from animals cells, tastes like the real deal, is more environmentally friendly than farming and could be for sale in three to four years.
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"This is absolutely the future of meat," Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti said in a press release.
Meat production of the present is riddled with negativity. According to the United Nations, one-third of the world's grains and about a quarter of all land is used to raise animals for food.
What's more, factory farms are a scourge on the planet, destroying the environment through deforestation, pollution and gases, as well as introducing all kinds of health risks into society, such as diseases and strains of antibiotic-resistant pathogens - not to mention the horrible conditions cows, pigs and chickens are subjected to before slaughter.
And listen, the world's population is growing exponentially. More than 7 billion people live on the planet today and by 2050, that number is expected to exceed 10 billion. How do you feed the masses?
Bioreactor tanks, that's how. To grow meat, cow and pig cells that naturally have the ability to regenerate are isolated from other cells and then put in a bioreactor along with oxygen and nutrients such as sugar and minerals.
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In about nine to 21 days, the cells develop into muscle tissue that can be harvested, seasoned and cooked.
No animals are slaughtered in the process.
The first products to hit supermarkets will likely be hot dogs, sausages, burgers and meatballs, said Valeti.
"We plan to do to the meat industry what the car did to the horse and buggy," Valeti said. "Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable."
via Daily Mail