Real Lab Grown meat, but No Sentient Animals Slaughtered.
I am an animal lover. Furry ones, scaly ones and flying ones.
So the prospect of Real Lab Grown meat, not plant based substitutes, is of great interest to me. It’s not science fiction it’s real and closer to scalable production than most realize.
Lab Grown meat is not about growing sentient animals with a full body, in a lab. Instead, it’s about only growing the parts such as muscle, that is consumed.
Living, breathing, thinking animals do not get slaughtered.
While humans are omnivores, and don’t have to eat meat to survive, I recognize the palatable need for it by a largely carnivorous society and the digestive ease at which it supplies nutrients. Lab Grown meat, would tick all the boxes. No slaughtering of intelligent conscience animals, while at the same time, alot of humans can consume the food they enjoy not only the taste of, but also for the nutrients, but in a more specific and healthier manner, with less waste of resources and living beings. The meat would be grown to specific health requirements.
Whether or not you are a vegetarian, vegan or carnivore is irrelevant. Lab Grown meat tackles broader issues. An increasing human population, less grazing land available, leads to terrible conditions for livestock, thus affecting the quality of the meats nutrients and its palatibilty.
- 1/4 of the planet is used to accommodate living animals raised for slaughter.
- 20 billion chickens.
- 1.5 billion cattle.
- 1 billion sheep
- 1/3 earths arable land is cultivated for feed crop for animals raised for slaughter.
Lab Grown meat also benefits the worlds climate issues as livestock and cattle in particular, are one of the biggest contributors to the problem.
- There would be 78 – 96% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.
- 82-96% decrease in water usage, depending on the product.
To give a comparison of scale.
- 15, 000 litres of water to produce 1kg beef
- 1, 500 litres of water to produce 1kg wheat.
Typical values for the volume of water required to produce common foodstuffs.
Source: Institution Mechanical Engineers
|Foodstuff||Quantity||Water consumption litres|
|milk||1 x 250 ml glass||255|
|wine||1 x 250 ml glass||109|
|beer||1 x 250 ml glass||74|
|tea||1 x 250 ml cup||27|
“I know, I’m crying too. CHOCOLATE. Damn the meat, divert all study and resources into finding a sustainable and Real alternative. I can’t live without chocolate. Why were you sheltering me from finding this out. I can’t fix the problem, if I don’t know about it. “I’m Heidi and I’m a chocoholic.
Below inset, is an excellent, comprehensive, yet easy to understand article. At the start there is an audio option.
“Meat that is grown from a few cells into a full-blown steak.Read more at singularityhub.com
Cultured meat requires no antibiotics and increase helpful proteins, reduce saturated fat, even add vitamins. It’s more than just steak. The meats in development range from pork sausage and chicken nuggets to foie gras and filet mignon—it all depends on which stems cells you start out with.”
There are many organizations that are going full steam ahead, that produce burger meat, chicken nuggets, sausage meat such as MOSA, Memphis Meat and Future Meat Technologies. The price of their meat is decreasing and will satisfy a certain market.
But Aleph Farms is after a different market of real edible cultivated beef steaks and have just conducted a proof of concept.
What is so exciting about this proof of concept in space, on the ISS (International Space Station) is that the beef can be grown as a steak, in space faster, and it doesn’t need a support structure like a skeleton which is the hampering factor in gravity. You know how your muscles need your skeleton and other body components to give it a structure to grow in and around.
“For the first time ever, meat was created in space — but no animals were harmed in the making of this 3D bioprinted “space beef.”Read more at space.com
Aleph Farms, an Israeli food company, announced today (Oct. 7) The company focuses on growing cultivated beef steaks, or growing an entire piece of real, edible meat out of just a couple of cells, in this case, bovine cell spheroids, in a lab. Maturing of bioprinted organs and tissues in zero gravity proceeds much faster than in Earth gravity conditions.Printing in zero gravity allows tissue to be created only with cell material, without any intermediate support,” Reisler added.
The cost of Real Lab Grown meat ( and hopefully chocolate) will continue to decrease, as the supply and tech behind it increase.
Here’s my Quick and Easy, Steak Recipe, that was my go to, well balanced meal. Particularly good when entertaining a meat lover. Can’t wait to use Lab Grown Steak- by Heidi M
Click the image to read the instructions.
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