The demise of factory farming will have many social benefits.
The end of factory farming will lay the foundation for a rural resurgence and the development of more just and sustainable communities for people and animals alike.
With lab meat technology still in its infancy, it’s a good time to consider the social and cultural challenges that may become more amplified in North American food systems with the advent of clean meats.
If lab-grown meat is truly going to be the next frontier in ethical eating, it’s important to consider who's most at risk of being left behind in the race to develop it.
An Indonesian traditional seaweed farm in Nusa Penuda, Bali.
Awareness is increasing about foods like lab-grown meat, insects and seaweed. These foods may help address environmental challenges, but it's important to be aware of both the costs and benefits.
Artificial meat may soon be on supermarket shelves.
According to some, meat "grown" in a laboratory would only have advantages: an end to animal abuse, preservation of the environment... But the reality is less idyllic.
Meat of the future might be quite different from meat of the past.
Stanley Kubrick, photographer, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ6-2352.
It's relatively easy to grow a bunch of animal cells to turn into a burger. But to grow a steak made of cultured meat is a trickier task. Bioengineers must create organized, three-dimensional tissues.
World’s first lab-grown beef burger. Would you eat it?
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Surveys suggest fewer than half of Americans are looking forward to lab-grown meat. A moral psychologist examines common objections and why for the most part they're not logical.
As the number of companies growing meat in vats explodes, the sector is facing challenges that show it is coming of age.
Lab-grown or cultured meat, when done at scale, will be an industrial process with significant energy requirements.
Despite many claims, nobody knows for sure how the environmental footprint of lab-grown meat compares to livestock. An animal scientist says the issue is not black and white.
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
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We need to address the mindset that enables this mass slaughter of animals in the first place.
The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht.
We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?
Dr Mark Post and his bred-in-a-bucket burger. Would you?
The launch of the lab-bred “meat” in London was a masterly act of timing, theatre, and media management. But now that rabbit is out of the hat, there are questions that need to be asked, and answers that…
Forget the farm – meat can be grown in a petri dish. But is it a ‘world first’?
When “the world’s first laboratory-grown burger” was unveiled, cooked and eaten last week, the story received saturation news coverage. But was it really the first? Or was this story served up to a ravenous…
Concerns about meat causing harm to animals and environment could be a thing of the past.
Fabrice de Nola
In his essay “Fifty Years Hence”, Winston Churchill speculated, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken…