“Cultivated meat will ultimately replace slaughtered food.” https://pivotfood.org/about/
The climate agenda is more than driving electric vehicles and replacing coal plants with windmills and solar. In order to get to ‘net zero’, scientists want to eliminate farming and raising animals for meat. They are being funded by investors and are making progress in bringing product to market. But will enough people eat these new lab-grown foods? If that’s all that’s available, we won’t have a choice.
This article claims that ‘consumers’ want these products.
According to GFI’s recently released annual report on alternative proteins, investors poured $5 billion into alternatives to seafood, meat, eggs and dairy items in 2021—a 60% increase from 2020. Alternative protein companies have raised almost $11.1 billion in invested capital since 2010, according to GFI, with 73% of that ($8 billion) raised since 2020.https://www.winsightgrocerybusiness.com/industry-partners/alternative-proteins-raked-5-billion-investment-2021
Cultured meat is not a new idea and has been proposed since at least the 1930s. Perhaps it is inevitable that real steaks and chicken and bacon will become food that only the elites will be able to afford.
Here are the facts.
- Powerful people control which industries get necessary operating and development funding.
- The UN and the IPCC are both pushing a mostly plant based diet and the phasing out of meat to save the planet.
- Investors are siding with climate activists and switching funding away from fossil fuels and soon, farms and ranches.
- Most people are dependent on what they buy in stores for our food supply.
Unless we, the consumers, make our voices loud and clear that we want real meat and real dairy and eggs, this is going to happen.
Social pressures to stop eating real food and ‘save the planet’ will be as strong as the other woke propaganda. One example: https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-59232599
Multiple studies show most people are wary, but with the right framing they can be manipulated into saying they would buy the cultured meat in surveys. Framing is also known as choosing your words carefully to get the desired result.
The long-term effects of eating these cultured and fermented protein sources are unknown.
Unfortunately, we do not know all the consequences of meat culture for public health, as in vitro meat is a new product. Some authors argue that the process of cell culture is never perfectly controlled and that some unexpected biological mechanisms may occur. For instance, given the great number of cell multiplications taking place, some dysregulation of cell lines is likely to occur as happens in cancer cells, although we can imagine that deregulated cell lines can be eliminated for production or consumption. This may have unknown potential effects on the muscle structure and possibly on human metabolism and health when in vitro meat is consumed (21).https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2020.00007/full
Switching to lab-grown meat is not necessarily optimal for humans as it does not contain the same nutrients and the elimination of farmed animals does not reduce greenhouse gases as much as proponents would have you think. The truth is that lab-grown meat are being pushed by vegans even more than climate activists in order to save animals from slaughter. However, they won’t eat it because it’s not vegan. They just don’t want anyone to eat animals.
Meat is not the only food being created in a lab. Environmentally-friendly Breastmilk substitutes are coming. They are creating milk using human cells. They don’t think this product will be equal to or better than breastmilk, but it’s an alternative to formula and doesn’t require a cow.
Breastmilk cultivation has many similarities with the production of cultured meat. The basic steps are as follows.
First you need some of the milk-producing cells that line the breast ducts. These “mammary epithelial cells” can be cultured from donated milk.
Then you grow the cells in flasks with nutrients, allowing them to multiply.
Once you have enough cells to behave like healthy breast tissue, you transfer them to a bioreactor (a larger vessel of nutrients) with a similar structure to the mammary duct.”https://theconversation.com/cell-cultured-breastmilk-scientists-want-to-give-formula-fed-babies-another-option-171301#:
While no cell-cultured breastmilk is yet commercially available, several companies are working on it. Some of those closest to releasing a product include US-based BIOMILQ, Israeli BioMilk, and US-Singaporean TurtleTree Labs.
In Australia, stem cell scientist and entrepreneur Luis Malaver-Ortega has founded a company called Me& Food Tech to produce breastmilk using novel cell-based technologies.
When will these products be available? It’s hard to say exactly.
There are appreciable hurdles in both fundamental research and regulation to overcome before cell-cultured breastmilk companies can manufacture at scale. But private investment in the industry is growing rapidly, as is interest among university-based researchers.https://theconversation.com/cell-cultured-breastmilk-scientists-want-to-give-formula-fed-babies-another-option-171301#:
Bill Gates is also invested in the breastmilk business. “By taking dairy farming out of the equation, BIOMILQ says its product could make feeding babies more environmentally sustainable.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/03/business/lab-grown-human-milk-biomilq-health-climate-hnk-spc-intl/index.html
How do you feel about eating lab-grown meat? Is it a good idea to cut back on food production when many countries already don’t have enough? Has science gone too far in the area of bioengineering food?