There are many reasons to reduce or eliminate meat production, and in this week’s episode we cover them and ask the question: are we soon going to be eating synthetic meat? From resources to ethics, there is tremendous pressure to bring down the costs associated with meat. We discuss the challenges tissue engineers face in creating meat that is delicious and affordable, and discuss the limitations of recent successes like the famous $300,000 synthetic burger. We also discuss some of the most promising companies and approaches in the synthetic meat space. Finally we consider other future alternatives to livestock farming such as insect protein, soylent, and the eventual decoupling of our nutritional needs from the pleasure of eating.
- PETA ‘In Vitro’ Chicken Contest
- Modern Meadow
- Modern Agriculture Foundation
- Oxford Study: Environmental Impacts of Cultured Meat Production
- The $300,000 Burger
- The Road to Wellville
- Article: Deep-fried locust, anyone?