Experts believe that cultured meat companies, such as Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods, may be the future of the meat industry around the world, bringing enormous benefits to the environment with it. The production of the traditional meat industry has brought many ethical and environmental issues to the table, as it provides 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The industrial meat production requires a huge amount of land to sustain itself, including forests deliberately destroyed which causes the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and accelerates global warming. For example, the United States alone consumes three times the global average of meat, and swapping to lab-grown meat would reduce emissions by 61% to 73%. Moreover, animal agriculture is responsible for the release of more greenhouse gases emissions compared to all the world’s transportation systems combined.
One solution to this issue, taken into consideration that by 2050 the world population would reach 10 billion or more, is to farm seaweed which is protein-rich, low fat and rich in vitamins, zinc and iron. But for people who love the taste and texture of meat, nurturing meat cells that multiply its tissue similarly to the one from a living cow.
Another benefit of lab-grown meat is it could help solve the worldwide shortage of protein-rich foods following the coronavirus pandemic, and many countries could embrace the idea of having lab-grown beef while also slowing the effects of climate change.