Eating lab meat will be normal in the future : Mark Post
For this biotechnology expert, humanity is at a point of no return where livestock will be an unsustainable practice. The solution will be to manufacture meat in laboratories.
What would be the most expensive burger in history is not very different from what an average person usually eats. Meat, bread and vegetables do not seem to merit a cost of US $330.000, however, there is an element that makes it special, its main ingredient did not come from a slaughtered animal but from a laboratory that made use of stem cells.
The interesting thing is that the meat manufactured in laboratories is not only a demonstration of what scientific and technological advances are capable of, but also a reality that will most likely accompany the tables of a considerable number of people throughout the World.
That is the panorama that the professor in medicine and biotechnology imagines Mark Post, who, in the framework of the first edition in Colombia of SingularityU, spoke about the importance of starting to produce this type of food more by necessity than by luxury.
It is difficult to understand that the people of the world need to consume a food manufactured in a laboratory, when it would be more practical to do so in the conventional way, i.e. through animal sacrifice. However, research conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) makes it possible to understand the urgency of the professor.
In 2016 said entity found that the impact of livestock on the environment is heavier compared to other practices, such as transport, if compared in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. In addition to the foregoing, the impact that this industry produces is also represented in soil degradation and disproportionate use of water resources.
“Livestock is one of the main people responsible for today’s serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to address this situation, said Henning Steinfeld, one of the authors of the FAO study.
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The statements of the Professor Post also allow to see a context in which the demand for meat products is increasing, so much so that there will come a time where it will be impossible to respond to the demands of the population, since the space does not reach to sustain So much cattle.
This scenario anticipates a point of no return where the mass consumption of meat manufactured in laboratories will be imminent. This, for Post, translates into various challenges that he believes can be overcome.
First of all, the cost of making a single kilogram of laboratory meat should be reduced if democratization is to be made. The developments that the teacher has advanced in this field have allowed him to anticipate that in the short term the value will fall significantly, from US $330.000 to US $11. The above is still expensive, the goal is that you can even reach a dollar.
Surpassed the price barrier comes another, the cultural. The scholar assures that ingesting a product of natural origin manufactured in a laboratory is something that many may categorize as strange, and more when the consumption of meat, he assures, translates as a practice of supremacy of humanity over other species.
However, it explains that this will be a temporary thing, as people begin to realize their benefits. For example, when manufactured, producers will be able to eliminate all the components that cause illnesses, such as cholesterol, and make it a healthy food.
As a joke, during his lecture, he said that in the future doctors will probably advise their patients to visit fast food places like Mc Donals.
“My greatest satisfaction is that there are currently 30 companies on this mission. My estimate is that in half a year have 50 startups doing this. The good thing is that they are being supported financially by groups of investors, this will already be a reality, there is no turning back, “concluded the professor.