Cultured meat is a new alternative that meets the need for meat. The human body needs protein and meat is the best source of it. So, since ages, we have been slaughtering animals for the same. This has led to stuck taste of fresh flesh on our taste buds. When something is stuck, it won’t go soon, so is our love for meat.
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What we realize right now is that our ecosystem is crashing due to the excess slaughtering of the animals. We love meat but above all we want our earth to be safe. Scientists have worked out techniques which would balance the ecosystem and our love for meat. Yes, this new meat which replaces the actual meat is called ‘cultured meat’
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So, what is cultured meat? How is it produced? Is it safe enough? Will it really save the animals? How does it taste like? Every person who hears about the cultured meat has these questions popping in their heads. Without any delay, I bring to you every answer you need. Shall we?
The Technique of Producing ‘Cultured Meat’
It is simple, actually not really. The technique is quite complicated and it takes a lot of machines and brilliant brains to produce such meat. So, the process starts with biopsy, an act of taking a sample of cells from a living organism. These are the stem cells of the animals, they perform like a base to make meat.
Lab-Grown Meat – Meat produced without killing animals is heading to your dinner table. Also called clean meat, it could eliminate much of the cruel, unethical treatment of animals and reduce the considerable environmental costs of meat production. from Futurology
These cells are then put into a bioreactor. The peculiarity of these cells is that they can multiply. So, once they are in the bioreactor, they shall multiply into a whole organism. The queer story of this process is that it does not need any genetic modification. The cells grow naturally outside the organism’s body the way they grow inside of it.
The Impact on Food Industry and the Overall Food Menu
Cultured meat surely isn’t available in the markets on a large scale yet, but it soon will be. Other than that, people are shifting to vegan menus. Vegans are a type of people who do not eat or use anything that comes from animals. In short, they believe in a plant-based diet. Fast food joints like Burger King, McDonald’s, Dominos, Tyson, have introduced vegan menus. Tyson recently announced veg nuggets as an addition to their menu.
The patty is made out of a mixture of soya beans and other veggies. There are some independent restaurants who have mastered the art of making veggies taste like meat. Though cultured meat was first made into a burger patty and a hamburger. The only difference was the texture, rest everything tasted like a slice of real meat.
The Pros of ‘Cultured Meat’
Well, one huge good thing about the cultured meat s that it won’t kill animals. It shall be the most hygienic meat considering it is lab grown. ‘Cultured meat would have a huge environmental impact since the ecosystem would attain balance.
People would keep getting their protein and animals would keep living. Cultured meat is man-made, so I don’t see an extinction threat here. It doesn’t kill animals, so technically it won’t hurt the sentiments of people or religion.
The Cons of ‘Cultured Meat’
The biggest argument which has emerged since the news took flare is whether or not it is good. People think that it is lab-grown and thus it is a hub of chemicals. Chemicals that are harmful to the body, hence people still are skeptical of putting any such thing in their stomach. Next, is the cost price of making this.
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— Ingrid Newkirk (@IngridNewkirk) June 13, 2019
Cultured meat takes a lot of money and we don’t know whether we are wealthy enough to shell it over food. Not just monetary resources, but we lack other resources too. We lack energy and research. To help one environmental source we are exploiting a lot of other resources too. One of the huge drawback or a challenge in this process is replication.
Making the exact same product with similar textures, tastes, the fat quotient isn’t a cake work. Scientists are trying their level best to make cultured meat taste like meat. Though this is going to take years, we must try to make our tongues familiar to the taste of veggies.
I have a confession. As long as they don't genetically mess with the proteins In cultured meat I'd be willing to try #culturedmeat chicken & fish. However I'm allergic to pork & as a cancer survivor I'm never eating beef again. #hashimotishttps://t.co/1CkNPtmzQf
— Laura Ann Tull (@LauraAnnTull) June 7, 2019
Overall, though it can be good for the environment, it can be harmful to us too. Scientists claim that it is safe but we still have second thoughts about it. Cultured meat is the new high in the future and only the future will tell what it really holds. Until then meat and environmental lovers can find a way to protect the environment and give their buds the heavenly taste they want.