No, that’s not a typo. I might be late to the party on this, but it turns out all this lab work on baby making has impacted the future of food. I really had no idea – I thought in 2050, we’d all be eating MRE’s (military meals ready to eat).
Yes, in Vitro meat is meat grown in a lab that has never been a part of a living human animal. No, you can’t run out and buy any right now because it hasn’t been approved for public consumption. But knowing that somewhere, folks in white coats are growing filet mignon and chicken breasts is just kinda creepy, isn’t it? And this is coming from a guy who has seen his wife go through in vitro retrievals and fertilized embryo transfers, which started to be more normal than a teeth cleaning after a while.
The benefits are actually really quite interesting and obvious at the same time: Feeding hungry people. Environmentally friendly. You don’t need to slaughter meat grown in a lab, so you won’t wind up like this guy (no, really, follow that link…it’s hilarious).
Issues? Well, it’s prohibitively expensive, so it’s really not feasible. But hey, there was a time when people spent 10% of their annual salary on televisions, so I suppose there’s hope.