Meat Grown in Lab Poised to Enter Food Industry

Submitted by Intelligentactile on February 24, 2012 – 2:27 pm

A scientist in Maastricht University has grown the world’s first synthetic meat in hopes to keep animal protein accessible and inexpensive in the face of growing demand. Dr. Mark Post explains: “Meat demand is going to double in the next 40 years and right now we are using 70% of our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock.

“You can easily calculate we need alternatives. If we don’t do anything meat will become very expensive.”

Meat is already very expensive when it comes to what current manufacturing practices costs the environment and the well-being of the animals being mass produced and mass consumed. There is also the toll on the health of society who continues to depend on animal protein as a main diet source.

The fleshy lump is the world’s first synthetically grown meat, which scientists hope could fix the global food crisis by providing an ethical, environmentally sound alternative to meat from livestock.

Experts reckon that in a few years it could be possible to mass-produce burgers made from strips like this minced together. >

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