For those who eschew animal products – particularly meat and dairy – but understand the possible health benefits to be gained from eating foods rich in protein, a dietary conundrum is presented. Fortunately, lab-grown meat, which is promoted to be both cheaper and healthier than meat obtained from slaughterhouses, is only a handful of years away from being sold in stores.
While the concept of consuming faux meat products is nothing new, lab-grown “meat” which isn’t harvested from animals is. Unlike Tofurkey or other meat substitute products, lab-grown meat is, technically, tissue from an animal. However, it isn’t sourced from one because it is grown from a very small sample. In effect, it is deemed to be far more ethical. Additionally, the meat is said to be healthier than traditionally sourced beef (or turkey, chicken, etc…) because it is raised in a lab, therefore, won’t be contaminated with hormones or pesticides possibly obtained via ingestion.
Most importantly, the cost of purchasing a burger made from synthesized beef muscle tissue is significantly decreasing. As Futurism reports, it cost about $325,000 to engineer a five-ounce in vitro hamburger in 2013. Now, the price for the same item has been whittled down to $11.36 – that’s 30,000 times less than when it was first introduced! Within a few years, one might even be able to purchase a hamburger not sourced from a cow for just a couple of dollars.
Because of the sustainability factor, it seems lab-grown meat is the future. For instance, using stem cells, a single turkey cell could produce enough muscle to manufacture 20 trillion turkey nuggets. Considering the human population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and food scarcity is already an issue, growing common staples such as meat in a lab would be beneficial for the collective on a mass scale. Additionally, lab grown meat is good for the environment. If the trend catches on, research suggests greenhouse gas emissions produced by large agricultural farms would decrease by 90 percent. Land use would also be lowered by 99 percent.
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