The future of food? Synthetic foods grown in laboratories may be the future, if a group of scientists and investors have their way.
The concept of laboratory-grown synthetic meats is top-of-mind in at least one venture in Silicon Valley. The idea, according to an article at Fox Business is to start with animal cells, add nutrients, and grow muscle tissue in the laboratory to then be cooked and enjoyed just like real meat. Beef, Chicken and Duck are apparently on the high-tech menu, but don't book your reservations at Faux-Meats just yet.+
The cost per one pound of produced synthetic meat at present cost of production is $6,000 per pound. And mass-production may be a few years away at the earliest.
“[We’re] trying to put products on the shelves by 2021/2022,” Uma Valeti, Memphis Meats co-founder and CEO, tells FOX Business.
And how does the product taste? Not having a spare $6,000 in my pocket, I couldn't tell you.
Memphis Meats is one of many startups aiming to disrupt the $200 billion meat and poultry industry. Companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat already have meat substitutes (made from plants, not animal cell tissue) on store shelves.
“What we have done is figure out a way to take those same type of materials from plants and run them through a process of heating, cooling and pressure to create a piece of meat. So, you’re getting essentially the same things in terms of proteins, fats and water but it’s coming directly through a system that comes from plants versus going through the animal,” Ethan Brown, CEO and co-founder of Beyond Meat, told FOX Business in October.
We'll get Dr. Mark Davis's take on synthetic meat on the Tuesday edition of The JJ McCartney Show LIVE at Noon Eastern time at www.RedStateTalkRadio.com and www.jjmccartney.com