Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a world where meat can be consumed without harming animals. Imagine a future where land is not being misused and mistreated by factory farming. Imagine making a family steak dinner and knowing that on your plate is meat, but not a dead animal. Open your eyes and keep reading. Lab-grown meat is the answer to our future. That, and veganism. However, with the assistance of synthetic meat, meat-eaters can still enjoy their meat without having to make any lifestyle changes whatsoever. Now, I know all of the things I just said may seem pretty insane, maybe even near impossible, I understand that. But I promise you with all of the research being done surrounding the topic of lab-made meat, our future is looking a lot brighter and a lot more sustainable which is exciting.
What is Cultured Meat?
So, some of you may be wondering what meat grown in a laboratory even means. I had the same initial reaction as well, so I am here to help us all understand. To summarize the idea of laboratory-made meat, I think it is fair to say it is the meat of our futures. Scientists and researchers have become extremely interested in finding a way to produce meat without all of the negative things that inevitably come along with our current and inhumane ways of meat production. These scientists and researchers are working on extracting cells from a living cow and allowing these cells to grow into meat that will be able to be served on a dinner plate. I know this idea is hard to materialize as it seems extremely futuristic in away. But, the future is now. Meat grown from cells will be the norm come the year 2050. It is actually necessary that it does. If people continue consuming meat at the rate at which they are currently doing so, the planet will not be able to sustain such a lifestyle. So, if people aren’t going to change their ways, then scientists realized they would have to come up with a solution to this overconsumption problem. The solution is clear here, the solution is lab-grown meats.
Saving The Future
In the world we are living in today, it is very easy to receive information from all parts of our world. One piece of information that is understood or at least recognized in all parts of our world is the presence and progression of Global Warming. We have been living in, and are continuing to live amidst a very serious Climate Crisis. If we as a whole don’t start making changes now, there will be no future planet for us to live on. I truly believe, as well as many others, that cultured meat is one of the necessary changes that must be put into action in order to save Mother Earth. As of right now, people are turning to vegetarianism and veganism because they are aware that their meat consumption is negatively impacting the environment. So instead of eating meat, they have turned to a plant-based lifestyle. This is an amazing option for those who feel like they are able to achieve such a change. However, as we know, there are some people who will never stop consuming meat. For some, it is because they are afraid of change and for others, it may be because meat plays a huge role in their family traditions and culture. Whatever the reason may be, the consumption of meat is never going to come to a complete halt. This is why the production of cell-cultured meat will play an essential role in preserving the planet for years to come.
How is Cultured Meat Made?
As of right now, cultured meat is still in the research phase of its existence. So to explain how growing meat in a lab in a step by step fashion is slightly difficult. However, I will do my best. So as I stated earlier, this process begins by taking cells from a living cow. This cow will be placed under anesthesia in order to biopsy the needed cells to move on with the process. After these cells are retrieved, they are then placed into a medium along with various nutrients and naturally occurring growth factors. Essentially, the goal here is to make these cells think that they are still inside the animal to ensure their continued growth. Once this cell sample has multiplied into trillions of cells, the growth factors are removed from the process, allowing these cells to grow on their own. Following this step, the muscle cells are placed into a substance that is 99% water. Naturally, these cells contract, which in turn causes them to grow and mutate into small strands of muscle fiber. I know this explanation may seem wordy and extremely confusing, it does for me as well. I think it’s best if we leave the work and experimentation with the scientists from this point out. Anyway, this is a condensed explanation of how cell-based meat will come to be. It is really quite an extravagant process if you ask me.
In an attempt to make everything you just read make a little more sense, I will try my best to sum everything up in a few sentences. Lab-grown meat is the creation of meat without the harming and killing of animals. Animals are still needed to make the meat as their cells are the most essential part of this process. However, far fewer animals are needed to create this meat than if we continued to rely on factory farming. It has been discovered that from one sample of cells, 800 million strands of muscle tissue are able to form. This is equivalent to 80,000 quarter pounders. The presence of all of this meat without the death of a single animal. This is really beginning to sound like a dream. This process is important because we know that some people will never cut meat out of their diets. With the creation of cultured meats, we will be able to save the environment and animals while still providing the consumer with what they want. All in all, the production of lab-grown meats is essential for the protection of our environment. Without scientists and researchers dedicating their time to find these answers, there is a strong chance that our planet will not be able to sustain the meat consumption lifestyle by the year 2050. While we are awaiting the arrival of lab-grown meats, why not try adopting more of a plant-based lifestyle to start making change happen now.
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