Cultured Meat Could Be A Beneficial Alternative For Meat Eaters
The demand for meat is unsustainable both to the health of its consumers and the environment at large. However, this demand is not expected to let up anytime soon. The FAO estimates that meat demand will increase 173% by the year 2050.
However, scientists are working to fulfill that demand by creating alternatives to farm-raised meat. Instead, scientists are culturing meat that in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides some healthier benefits to consumers. This research is primarily taking place in the Netherlands and in Silicon Valley.
The cost of producing cultured meat is extremely high. Scientists at the University of Maastricht had cultured a hamburger that was eaten by different food critics. The cultured hamburger had a price tag of $330,000. The enormous price throws into question whether the practice of culturing meat is a scalable endeavor.
The environmental benefits are large. It is estimated that if American meat consumers completely pivoted to eating cultured meat, it would have the equivalent impact of 23 million cars being taken off the road. Cultured meat is known to have nitrates, a dangerous carcinogen, which could have long term impacts on the health of cultured meat consumers.