posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 03:15 AM
A new technique that turns pig stem cells into strips of meat could offer a green alternative to the slaughterhouse and help end hunger.
In an effort to make meat production more humane, alleviate hunger and help curb global warming, Dutch researchers have developed a way to grow edible
meat in the laboratory from the stem cells of pigs. Although the lab-grown strips of meat don't yet taste or look much like pork (researchers say it
has the consistency and feel of scallop), the ramifications for the new technology on the world's food supply could be significant.
"If we took the stem cells from one pig and multiplied it by a factor of a million, we would need one million fewer pigs to get the same amount of
meat," said Mark Post, a biologist at Maastricht University involved in the project.
That means the technology could provide food for more people while making the slaughterhouse obsolete. Furthermore, since meat production is such a
huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, switching to lab-produced meat could theoretically lower the industry's impact on global
warming by up to 95 percent.
Quite an interesting idea huh? I wonder what else can be grown from stem cells
For instance, fish stem cells could be used to produce healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which could then be produced instead of the usual artery-clogging
fats found in traditional livestock meat.
Obviously this does have it's throwbacks but hey, this news is at least 2 years old I wonder whats going on in the labs behind closed doors these
Quite literally... food for thought.
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