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Schmidt argues that replacing livestock with artificial meat would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change.
This should not be controversial;
of global warming as well as species
extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction.
global meat demand predicted to increase 73 per cent by 2050 due to increasing wealth
in countries like China and India, alternative options are becoming increasingly important.
For decades, people have
attempted to make artificial meat, but the appeal has been limited, because the
imitation has never been that convincing.
But recently, there has been a meat
replacement food tech revolution.
Instead of trying to take a product like tofu
and pass it off as real meat like before, companies are now working out what
makes meat taste like meat, and are then rebuilding it from the molecular level
The results have been staggering.
, Bill Gates couldn’t tell the difference between real chicken, and Beyond
Meat’s chicken substitute.
Beyond Meat was founded in 2009, and boast several high
profile investors including Twitter executive director Biz Stone.
Foods is a similar company also pioneering this new wave of meat replacement
Lab grown meat is another type of
This technique consists of harvesting a small sample of muscle
tissue from an animal.
Individual cells are separated and then placed into a
culture where they start dividing and growing before being layered together to
form meat patties.
It is a controversial practice among some vegans as the cells must be harvested from an animal, meaning the final product is not vegan-friendly.
, the world’s first lab
grown burger was unveiled to the world by Dr Mark Post from the University of
Maastrickt in the Netherlands.
But it carried a tremendous price tag of $250,000.
A little over two years later, Mark Post and his team came back with a burger
being produced for a mere $11 dollars.
Other groups doing similar work include companies
Modern Meadow, Memphis Meats and Supermeat.
By the year 2020, the meat
substitute market is
urgency of the climate impact and ethical concerns of the animal agricultural
industries, there is a ground swell for meat alternatives to capture market
share and overtake the production of traditional meat.