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The Future Of Lab Grown Meat

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In the future, however, proponents hope so-called cultured meat will get cheaper. If it does, making beef from stem cells could be an environmentally friendly alternative to, you know, killing animals for food.

Raising cattle takes up a lot of arable land and water and creates greenhouse gas emissions. Engineers working on in vitro meat hope their creations will be less harmful on the environment. But will they ever get there?

One new paper, published yesterday in the journal Trends in Biotechnology, aimed to find out. It outlined a new method for growing ground beef in a lab, different from both the technique used in last year's burger and the 3-D printing that other researchers have proposed. It also crunches some numbers on how much this animal-free beef would cost. Growing meat in lab is resource-intense and expensive, it turns out. One of the biggest costs? Feeding the little beasties.


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The part where it goes from "settling and separation" to "cultured meat cake" is like.. Magic!

So this process, though well defined, is still too expensive to be feasible, it seems.

Yes, but it has some very interesting processes and equipment, like Flocculation and 70 L Wave Reactors.  I want my lab meat!

Do you think it tastes the same? In theory it should because same materials.

P.S. I would really like to see that 3-D printed meat that the article alludes to.


Well that was cool.

I think I'll stick to my grass-fed lamb and organic pork, thanks.

Oh halibutboy, if only everyone in the world could afford that.

But they cannot, which is why lab grown meat has potential if the economics of it get better.

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