With the rapidly advances of technology come the benefits; meat without the guilt and suffering.
To achieve this, scientists have managed to replicate a beef steak that is practically identical to it’s grass fed counterpart.
It’s called in-vitro meat, and although we we may still be years off seeing it within our supermarket shelves, Dutch scientists say at the end of the year we should be eating in-vitro hamburgers.
Professor Mark Post, head of the meat refining process at the Maastricht University states this in-vitro technology could greatly reduce the environmental impact caused by cattle and other livestock.
Livestock in general uses around 70% of the worlds farming land, 8% of the fresh water supply of the world and close to 19% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
In-vitro meat, good for the environment by reducing gassy, resource intensive livestock is also great for the ethical treatment of animals; to create meat without the slaughter of an animal.
This will also affect exports, no more animals being live exported means the slaughterhouses that practice inhumane slaughter will cease to exist.
Here’s a thought – is In-vitro meat Halal?
According a taste test within the UK, a lab grown burger patty was fried, served and eaten by 3 critics who all commented on the dryness and lack of flavour. Apart from this, all 3 they mentioned that it was completely passable as a replacement for typical animal meat, but agreed it required more work to be at the current standard. Surely it must be better than a McDonalds burger patty – why not start the replacements there?
As it stands, the price and flavour of the current in-vitro meat is what is holding it back from reaching market, but when these concerns are properly addressed and resolved, there is no reason why we should not start to see in-vitro meat become common in our supermarkets, fridges and restaurants.
There are a few supporters backing the vegetarian/meat free movement, with Arnie recently coming out in the media with his guns blazing, fully endorsing the reduced consumption of meat and increased intake of vegetables. This leads me to the question – is Arnold Schwarzenegger a vegetarian?