Would you eat synthetic meat?
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Meat from a petri-dish.
Our friends at Ri Aus explore some of the challenges confronting the development of synthetic meat on an industrial scale.
Creating meat without the cost and duration of raising livestock has obvious economical and environmental benefits. It also challenges the ethical problems associated with breeding animals for slaughter. Organisations such as PETA have already announced that they will award $1 million to anyone who can produce meat synthetically on a scale that matches current conventional methods.
However, we're still a long way of from achieving this goal. Solutions need to be found for supplying cells with nutrients in the absence of a circulatory system, stimulating development of muscle cells without physical exercise and protecting the meat from microbial infection.
Although there has been some success in culturing muscle tissue, it will be a long while yet before we can hope to taste lab-grown meat inside our burger-buns.