Meat Grown in Labs Is Coming Whether We like It or Not
We have been seeing and hearing advertisements for meatless this and that. It's a current-day reality that these are real options and people are demanding them.
I'd never thought I'd see the day where we would have to consider that we may have a meat shortage. It appears scientists are preparing for this day to come and are working away in labs to create meats that taste, look, and feel exactly the same as the real thing.
If you have tasted vegetable-made meats like Beyond Burger or Impossible Burger, you would understand just how close they are to literally manufacturing meat. A lab in California has actually been working and testing a process where instead of our meat coming from mishandled cattle or other unregulated farms, we can rest assure the quality of the product is consistent because it was made in a lab where everything about its growth process is monitored for quality assurance.
Don't ask me how they do this. They say this lab-grown meat product could be hitting shelves as soon as next year. The current problem is marketing it. How do you tell consumers that they need to eat this instead of that with no actual reasoning or proof that it's better for them? The real question is how will they create the "need" for this? You can find more info here.
Why are they doing this? Apparently there is no real reason except to eat fewer animals. In the United States alone, we consume just over 26 billion pounds of meat a year.
Will I try it? Sure. Do I feel uneasy about the thought of my meat being "grown" in a lab instead of a farm? A little. I'm going to hold out and wait to see if there are some health benefits to this. I'm not a big meat eater to begin with. All of this information is still very vague and several companies around the world are currently dabbling in this category.
What do you think about lab-grown meat?