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Why lab food is trending?
How is your new year going on? What did you eat on your first day of this year? Did you eat sweets or did you try something new? What if I told you that soon farm near you stop growing the wheat needed to make those sweets? What if I told you that farms may also stop growing rice? They may be no Animal Farms, no milk, no meat or eggs.
You may also not be able to eat the Fresh Catch of the Day from the oceans. So what will you eat? In a not too distant future, you and I will eat lab grown food; food grown in laboratories and factories. And I know you have a lot of questions. I do too, for starters. Why do we need lab foods? What’s the problem with the regular food we’re eating? Will lab food even taste the same? Will it be good for our health? How will food be made in labs and exactly how long into the Future are we talking about? Will be then Stop farming altogether? Let’s try to answer all these questions.
Food problems all over the world
Currently, there are seven point eight billion people living on this planet. Our population has tripled in 70 years, not too long ago in 1990. There were five point three billion of us. In 2015, the number jumped to 7.3 billion. By 2030, we will be eight and a half billion. By 2050, nine point Seven billion. That’s how many mouths will have to feed in less than 30 years from now. Demand for food will be up 60% and we’ll have to produce 50% more food to ensure everyone gets their meals.
Currently, the world produces enough food to feed everyone on this planet, but the fact is fancy, only on paper. The reality is over eight hundred and Twenty-One million people go hungry to bed every day. That’s two and a half times the population of the United States going hungry every day. Every 10 seconds, a child dies from Hunger. The food never makes it to her plate.
Nearly 3.1 million children, die of hunger, related causes every year, over 99 million children under the age of five are undernourished and underweight. Some estimates Say that we are already producing enough food to feed 10 billion people, but what’s the use of it? If we can’t even feed the current population? What will we do when we have 10 billion mouths to feed? Here when Lab Foods come in, someone can make quickly them and literally anywhere on Earth.
Why not try to ensure that farm food reaches every plate?
Farm food is not sustainable
- It is subject to climate risk. Every weather event affects our crops. When there is a drought, our crops fail. When it rains too much, our crops rot. There was a heat wave in California earlier this year and now prices of canned tomatoes in the US are soaring. That’s because California produces 90% of can tomatoes in the US? There was drought in freezing weather in Brazil, and now coffee prices are raising the world over. So you get what I’m trying to say. Every time there’s an extreme weather condition in Maharashtra, our onions cost more. We’ve all dealt with this.
- farming has an environmental cost. It pollutes the water, the air; it takes away Forest land, animal habitat and the much-needed buffer between us and the animal kingdom.
- Animal farming is cruel. No matter how much we love nuggets, wings and bacon. We agree that killing animals for our food comes with the serving moral hiccups. Did you know 70 billion animals are killed each year? Just we can continue our roast steaks. Our demand for meats soon outpaces supply of cows, pigs and chicken.
What about crops? Do we want to continue exposing them to extreme weather and Locust attacks? The question actually is not whether we want to, it is whether we can afford to? Can we afford to continue relying on conventional farming? Scientists say traditional agriculture will collapse in the next two to three decades, because of climate change. So what do we do? Turn to lab food Perhaps; you can also call it farm free food. How is it made? By cell culturing, considered chicken. When found conventionally, chicken is caged, injected with hormones, fed unnatural food. The poor hand never sees a blade of grass or the light of the day and is culled. Now.
what happens when chicken is grown in a lab?
- a muscle Stem cell is extracted from a chicken
- It is then split into pieces
- The sample is immersed in a bioreactor full of broth. The broth has sugar, salt, proteins and vitamins.
- the broth is kept in an oxygen-rich environment under regulated temperature and you have chicken ready in just 2 weeks.
What’s more? The process requires less water and less land. The jury, however, is still out and carbon emission. expert Say factories producing lab-grown meat must run on renewable energy. If they want to leave a smaller carbon footprint compared to animal farming. As we speak, meat is not the only product being made in labs as coffee, lab grown dairy, and flower.
A lot of this, of course, is under trial, and we need regulatory approval before they can reach the market. Lab grown meat has already reached the market.
Singapore has become the first country to approve it. Do Consumers approve of it? Does lab grown food Tastes the same as Farm food. Well, if made well, they told it does. The world’s first artificial beef burger was created in 2013. The expert said the meat was dry and dense so, scientists worked on it and tried to mimic the taste and smell and texture of traditional meat. Today A lab burger Patty is very similar to a normal Patty.
Is lab made meat safe and have enough nutrients?
The meat made in a lab won’t have the bacteria that contaminate conventional meat, but all of this does not mean that lab food is going to be 100% safe. Some experts are concerned about the hormones used to grow lab food. We still don’t know how over exposure to these hormones will affect our health.
This is where it takes the Cake. First, it is highly customizable and by that I mean the nutrient profile of food grown in a lab can be controlled. Let’s again Consider the example of meat. Too much consumption of red meat is not good for us.
We all know this. It has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Why? Because red meat is high on saturated fat, but while growing red meat, in a lab scientist, can adjust fat levels. They can also replace saturated fat with, say, Omega-3, which is normally found in fish or flax seeds. So lab food will make it possible for you to eat steak with the goodness of sea food.
Food grown on conventional farm will soon run out of nutrients. A Harvard research shows that staple crops when exposed to levels of carbon dioxide predicted For 2050, remove up to 10% of their zinc, 5% of the iron and 8% of their protein.
So, lab food will undoubtedly be a healthier alternative. Let’s now talk about money. How much will lab grown food cost us? The answer to that depends on. When you buy it? The 2013 hamburger was priced at 325 thousand dollars. Today, hamburger made of lab-grown meat costs nearly $11. That’s down Thirty thousand times.
Lab grown food has already become cheaper. The trend is likely to continue going forward experts in the future, natural chicken with cost more than lab-grown chicken. Last question, how far into the future are we talking about? Lab grown meat is already in the market and the lab-grown meat Alternatives. Estimates, say that by 2040, 30% of meat consumed will be lab-based. This is what the picture will look like less than 20 years from now.
Lab food could help feed 10 billion people. A single muscle stem will make enough meat for 80,000 hamburgers. So from where I’m sitting lab, grown food looks like the future, but a lot needs to be done to make sure that this future is sustainable. First, we need to address the question of overexposure to hormones. We also need to guarantee that food labs and not use, nonrenewable energy. Here’s something else Millions need to consider alternative livelihood.
Think about this. What will happen to those employed in the farming, animal husbandry or dairy industry governments will have to deliberate for farm free food to become the future. The world will need to make difficult economic changes, difficult livelihood changes and lifestyle changes. We will all of this be worth it.