Grow your own meat?
Killing animals for meat may someday become a thing of the past. Scientist Mark Post is the head of the department of vascular physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and he is at the forefront of developing research to produce meat without the need for livestock breeding. In this video, Post explains this fascinating research and how he and his colleagues are attempting to duplicate the flavor of meat from cows and pigs.
For those who may be squeamish about lab-grown meat, Dr. Post points to the way we now buy most of our cheese–not from farms but from factories. He asks, “Why should meat be any different?”
Dr. Post is one of the few people to dream big about creating lab-grown meat from muscle stem cells. If this works, it could transform the way we produce food. He says the benefits of this process is especially appealing to those in the animal rights movement. In fact, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA) has announced a $1 million prize for the first company to bring synthetic meat to shops in at least six US states by 2016.
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