Lab-Grown Meat Is Around The Corner

‘Green industry’ is gaining cultural currency with each passing year. While mainstream industries like manufacturing, transportation, or generating power are obvious targets for reducing waste and optimizing resources – agriculture is an often-overlooked sector for environmental revision.

Raising animals to be eaten is bad for the environment for a number of reasons – from methane emissions to burned-out soil. These environmental risks might soon be a thing of the past, as more companies are moving towards producing lab-grown meat substitutes.

A Chinese company has just ordered $300 million in lab-grown beef from three major Israeli innovators – SuperMeat, Future Meat Technologies, and Meat the Future. This could be a turning point towards lab-grown meat’s legitimization as, previously, it’s been prohibitively expensive for normal consumption. In 2013, a burger of lab-grown meat would have cost $325,000, while the same lab-grown burger in 2015 two years later was only $11.36.

Lab-grown meat will have profound implications on the agricultural industry,  the environment, and the economy. We may begin to see these changes soon as lab-grown meat seems here to stay.