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Re: GCC: International study finds organic food has larger climate impact than conventional, due to greater land use

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:36 pm
by GRA
GRA wrote:I suspect the best way to get all the taste, smell, and texture of actual meat without the slaughtering is to grow it in the lab, as some companies are doing and hope to commercialize in the next few years.
Speak of the devil - the PBS NewsHour Weekend has been running a series called "The Future of Food": https://www.pbs.org/newshour/series/future-of-food, and the installment which aired this past Saturday was titled "California startups are growing meat from animal cells": https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/calif ... imal-cells

You can watch it or read the transcript. The other installment which has already run was on genetically-modified salmon.

Re: GCC: International study finds organic food has larger climate impact than conventional, due to greater land use

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:11 pm
by LeftieBiker
Spoiler alert: the lab-grown meat requires bovine fetal growth serum to work.

Re: GCC: International study finds organic food has larger climate impact than conventional, due to greater land use

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:36 pm
by GRA
LeftieBiker wrote:Spoiler alert: the lab-grown meat requires bovine fetal growth serum to work.
Yes, for now, at least at some companies.
The process also requires a substance to spur cell growth, often made from the blood of fetal cows.

Obtaining this "fetal bovine serum" is a huge obstacle to scaling up production. It's usually used in medical research — and it's expensive and controversial. It comes from slaughtered pregnant cows – which means for now, some of the cell-based meats made by Just, Inc. and other companies aren't actually slaughter-free. Just, Inc. is working to create a new, plant-based alternative. . . .