Dave Stancliff As It Stands: Shmeat isn’t going to replace my meat soon! blogarama.com

Monday, August 5, 2013

As It Stands: Shmeat isn’t going to replace my meat soon!

           Good Day World!

 So here’s the deal…

There’s been countless studies done that show the way farming is currently done will be simply unsustainable by 2050. Countries like China and Brazil have a growing hunger for meat and Americans aren’t forsaking it for veggie burgers.

There’s groups of people who believe plant-based protein substitutes could be the answer to meet the increasing demand. So far, that isn’t happening.

Enter, Lab Grown Meat Products! Eeeuuuuuu… that’s right. One of those groups in the Netherlands have worked out a system to take stem cells from a living cow, put them into a nutrient solution, and grow them into small strands of muscle tissue. About 20,000 such strands are needed to make one five-ounce burger!

Without being a mathematician, it doesn’t take too much imagination to see how much this procedure would cost. In the following story you’ll get a ballpark estimate of what one burger would cost using the current method. Needless to say, I don’t see this catching on soon in the USA: 

It's (not) alive! Franken-meat lurches from the lab to the frying pan

A hamburger that looks like one you'd get at any fast-food restaurant comes with a price tag of $330,000 — and it isn't even made out of natural meat. When volunteers taste it today, in front of rows of VIPs and TV cameras, they'll be eating the first publicly available burger that comes from a laboratory instead of a dead animal.

Lab-grown meat, also known as in-vitro meat or "shmeat" (sheet meat), is just one of the more recent twists in a decades-long effort to develop alternatives to the kind of meat humans have been eating for millennia.” (Story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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