Watch: Is slaughter-free, engineered meat the future of food?

August 30th, 2016

People just can't get enough of meatless meat right now. Whether it's the 'impossible', bloody, vegan burger, imitation seafood or lab-grown meatballs, it's a hot topic among everyone from consumers to the scientists who are engineering the new products. As the video above from History Now demonstrates, the idea of a world where anyone can eat pork without...

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People just can’t get enough of meatless meat right now. Whether it’s the ‘impossible’, bloody, vegan burgerimitation seafood or lab-grown meatballs, it’s a hot topic among everyone from consumers to the scientists who are engineering the new products.

As the video above from History Now demonstrates, the idea of a world where anyone can eat pork without pigs being slaughtered or drink milk without needing to milk cows isn’t such a wacky notion – and offers potentially huge sustainability benefits. Isha Datar – a microbiologist and CEO of non-profit research group New Harvest – recently organised the world’s first ‘cellular agriculture’ conference, which gathered together people who are currently working to make that idea a reality.

So, what exactly are we talking here? Think milk proteins made from bioengineered yeast, egg whites made from cell structures and lab-grown beef made using regenerating cells from a cow. So for anyone who loves the taste of meat, milk and eggs, but hates the grim processes used to produce them – your dilemma might just be on track to resolving itself. All thanks to science.

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