Scientists working on '3D' meat
RESEARCH is to begin on artificial, lab-grown meat which its makers say will avoid the ‘environmental train wreck’ of the real thing.
Billionaire investor and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel has offered a grant of between £160,000 and £220,000 to help Modern Meadow develop its 3D bioprinting technique. It is a technique scientists have already been using to try to develop organs for transplant patients.
The American scientists believe the artificial meat will appeal to vegetarians who reject meat for ethical reasons.
In February, Farmer Guardian reported Dutch scientists were working on a similar ‘test-tube’ meat which would be more ethical and environmentally friendly than traditional beef production.
Farming organisations including the NBA and NFU said although the science was ‘interesting’, there was still great potential for traditional beef farming to be sustainable and efficient while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions.