The human population, which is growing faster than ever, doubled over the last 45 years and is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050. Feeding such an enormous population is a great concern, especially when hunger continues to be a world-wide problem for some 870 million people.
Producing meat and dairy is grossly inadequate, extremely energy intensive and requires vast amounts of natural resources that a growing population cannot afford nor sustain. For example, raising animals for food uses 30 percent of the Earth's land mass, uses 11 times more fossil fuel and 96 times more gallons of water than plant protein. Moreover, plant protein could eradicate hunger. If the grain grown in the U.S. to feed livestock was fed directly to people it could fill 800 million hungry bellies.
Even business executives recognize the enormous costs of producing meat and dairy. According to VegNews, WhiteWave Chairman and CEO Gregg Engles (makers of Silk non-dairy milk products) told financial analysts that "the plant-based model is a lower-cost model because the cow is a relatively inefficient converter of grain into protein."
Quite simply, besides being cruel, unhealthy, and costly, meat is unsustainable. The obvious solution is a vegan diet. Unfortunately, the world is slow to grasp this, which is why venture capitalists and techies have devised a way to spend lots of money and waste lots of time developing cultured meat.
Also known as in-vitro meat, lab meat, and test tube meat; cultured meat uses "three-dimensional bioprinting" from a bloody concoction of animal stem cells to generate thin strips of cultured muscle tissue. The process is not simple nor without the need for flesh, keeping animals enslaved to our carnistic belief system that maintains that it is normal, natural and necessary for us to eat them. Here’s how it works:
We don't need lab meat; we don't need meat, period! The answer has been around for thousands of centuries—plants!
"How Cultured Meat Works." VegNews July/August 2013: page 26. Print.