The Future of Meat
The impact of the meat industry on the landscape of the world is astonishing. Nearly 40% of the worlds non-ice covered land surfaces are dedicated to feeding the near 7 billion people inhabiting it.30% of that land is used for growing feed for chicken, pigs, and cattle. Livestock production is estimated to contribute to around 18% of manmade carbon admissions and that number will grow unless there's a big change to the way we raise and consume meat.
Luckily there are a few people who are trying to disrupt factory style meat production through some unconventional, almost sci-fi means.
Memphis Meats is a half Silicon Valley tech company and half Tennessee food start up trying to change the meat industry as we know it.
“We plan to do to animal agriculture what the car did to the horse and buggy. Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable,” says Memphis Meat CEO Uma Valeti, M.D.
Valeti and his team are growing meat from cows, pigs, and chickens cells. No slaughtering, no fields of feed to grow, and no animals to raise. The company has developed hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs and are currently seeking more funding with expectations to be in your local grocery store within the next five years. Grown or "cultured" meat isn't only going to reduce carbon emissions and land usage but would not require antibiotics, hormones, or the risk of fecal matter contamination.
“Cultured meat is sustainable, creates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional meat, is safer, and doesn’t harm animals.
For people who want to eat meat, cultured meat is the future,” says Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute.