The Future of Beef

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Fri, Aug 16th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With our unsustainable addiction to beef that's destroying the planet, The Verge looks at the future of meat grown in a laboratory. Its success could mean being able to produce food we need without "killing the creatures we share our planet with" and completely changing the way humans eat every single day.

If they succeed, they would be part of a long and concerted effort to change the way that we, the human race, eat every single day. It would broadly affect our health, our well-being, our environment, and our sense of who we are and the creatures we share the planet with.

A growing consensus among scientists, doctors, environmentalists, and animal rights activists suggest that our current system of food ? specifically meat ? production is not sustainable. By 2050, the global demand for meat will double as our population continues to rapidly grow. The effects of all this farming on our environment are currently devastating, and getting worse. Simply put, we are destroying the planet, and meat production and consumption is arguably the most to blame.

This is why people like Post and his team are not the only ones working on solutions: there is a small but growing community who ? with financial backing and vocal support from some of the most powerful technologists and VCs in Silicon Valley ? hope to apply scientific innovations to the course of human history and change the way we live. This lofty desire to apply our brains to complicated, seemingly overwhelming problems, in fact, is the story of human history. And really, in a way, it all comes down to meat.

And yes, that sounds like science fiction, Sergey.

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