Originaly posted onto Newsaratti.com 2/8/16
What if we told you that you could enjoy a cheeseburger, a hot dog, or a meatball sub, all without killing a single animal? Well within five years’ time, this will be more than possible thanks to the scientific and culinary efforts of Memphis Meats.
As you can tell from the name, Memphis Meats is a startup based in Memphis, Indiana that is moving quickly on the idea that using strictly stem cells harvested from animals, they can produce and replicate meat that is ready for consumption, all without killing, or even harming a single animal.
Meat from meat cells rather than meat harvested from a slaughtered animal is what the minds at Memphis Meat are calling “Cultured Meat”.
“We plan to do to animal agriculture what the car did to the horse and buggy” says Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti, M.D., who while being the head of this startup, is also a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. “Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable.”
By taking control of the entire process a single ounce of meat will go through, scientists have the decisions making power to choose what the end result will feel like, taste like, and even look like based on the chosen fat to meat ratio within the meat, giving the consumer the choice to have a really fatty burger, or a very lean steak.
Not only is cultured meat an answer to the prayers of vegans and animal advocates, but the effect this new innovation would have on the current agricultural world is quite astounding. The greenhouse gas emissions based on Memphis Meats process versus current animal agricultural process for procuring meat is 90% less. On top of that, the amount of water, feed, and shelter for bred-to-be-consumed animals would be massively reduced.
If all goes well, plans are that Memphis Meats will be available in the meats section of your local grocery store within five years. Fingers and hooves crossed.