Today’s Future Bites brings you the future of meat… maybe. Here’s Singularity Weblog with the latest on lab-grown animal tissue for human consumption.
The motivation for growing meat flesh in-vitro, without the animal, is many-fold. After all, growing animals for consumption requires vast amounts of water, grain, fertilizer, land area and oil. Not to mention generating methane emissions, and a deep thicket of ethical issues around cruelty (careful with that last link).
Whether animal-free meat ever catches on is, of course, an open question. There’s the considerable obstacle of cost, although that will surely come down once we’re past the research and development phase. To me, the bigger worry is whether anyone will actually be willing to eat a burger that came out of a lab. Then again, if slaughterhouses, pink slime and Taco Bell aren’t enough to turn people off of meat… maybe no one really cares where their burger came from.
What do you think – would you ever eat a lab-grown burger?