Would you eat lab-grown meat? | The Tylt
Startups like Memphis Meats are racing to bring the first lab-grown meat to market. Experts say lab-grown meats are likely to be a large part of our diet in the future, especially traditional ways of raising livestock are unsustainable. Some people can't wait to eat lab-grown meat. If it lives up the promise, it'll be no different from the meat you eat today, just sustainable and cruelty free. Others are grossed out by the idea of meat grown in vats. They want the real stuff. What do you think? 🍖
Would you eat lab-grown meat?
Lab grown meat has all the advantages of meat without any of the downsides. The biggest benefit lab grown meat has over natural meat is it's sustainable. Growing meat in vats at scale would be infinitely cleaner and more efficient than raising animals in factory farms. You no longer have to worry about growing grain for the animals, dealing with waste or overusing antibiotics. You'd essentially be taking the farm out of the equation entirely.
The secondary benefit is animals will no longer be raised in cruel conditions just so we can eat meat. People will be able to eat as much meat as they want without worrying about animal cruelty or harming the environment. It might not be good for our waistlines, but at least it's good for the planet.
Most importantly, lab-grown meat tastes the same as regular meat. Tasters said a synthetic chicken strip made by Memphis Meats tasted exactly like chicken. The only difference is the strip was grown in a vat, instead of coming from a chicken.
Despite all the purported benefits, lab grown meat isn't here yet. It's still extremely expensive and companies have not figured how to make it at scale. Right now, a pound of lab-grown chicken meat from Memphis Meat costs $9,000. That's a about half of what it cost the company to make a synthetic meatball two years before, but there is still a long way to go until the pricing is competitive.
The real meat purists think the "It's the same thing, but cleaner!" pitch for lab grown meat is bullshit. If it doesn't taste any better than real meat, why should people switch? Most people eat meat because they enjoy it. Food is inextricably linked to culture. Even when people know food is bad for them or the world around them, they'll continue to eat it.
Many people are skeptical that lab-grown meat will be better than normal meat. People increasingly want natural foods, not synthetic food. Look at the fear of GMOs. Despite little to no evidence that it's harmful, GMOs have become widely feared by a large part of the population. Some people are just inherently skeptical of scientists messing around with their food.