Science has taken nature out of healing, growing crops and nearly every other aspect of modern life, often to the detriment of health and prosperity; now, scientists want to grow your meat in a lab.
Mark Post, a Dutch scientist, says that by fall he will have perfected a method of making beef from the stem cells of cows, and his goal is to replace the entire animal meat industry.
According to Discovery News, Post is working to invent an efficient way to produce skeletal muscle tissue in a laboratory that exactly mimics meat. He says that he is still in the laboratory phase, but should be able to make a stem-cell hamburger by fall.
Post is the chair of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He said his project is funded with 250,000 euros from an anonymous private investor who claims their motivation is “care for the environment, food for the world and interest in life-transforming technologies.”
Scientists like Post hope to perfect their “meat” products for mass consumption, claiming they will reduce the environmental and health costs of conventional food production.