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[Ambassador report] (Thematic Report) Environmental Movies: What is the green message?

by Ananya Dave | 10-11-2020 20:18 Comments 3 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Cultured Meat

During the Covid-19 pandemic, I became increasingly aware of how the Earth is facing an unprecedented food production crisis. The fact that diseases can be passed onto humans from consumption of animal meat and then create a pandemic of this scale was extremely alarming. This brought me into researching about alternative food, and meat replacements.

 

 During my research I came across a new type of “cultured meat” grown from animal cells in a lab. In-vitro meat as scientists call it is grown in a Lab, by taking a cell biopsy, adding nutrients to the cells and growing them into a steak, or burger in the lab then cooked into a meal. This new technology creates the possibility for humans to grow meat, without needing to slaughter millions animals yearly, and without having to pump the livestock with growth hormones and antibiotics which then trickle into the human consumer causing various health issues and potential antibiotic resistance.

 

By watching “Meat the future” My Liz Marshal, “In-Vitro Meat” by VPro Doccumentaries, “Inside the quest to make Lab Grown Meat” By WIRED and Companies such as “Mosa Meat” which have put up many documentaries on their YouTube page, I learned more about the science behind producing meat in a sterile environment. The environmental benefits of this technology are innumerable, the amount of land needed for livestock farming can be reduced to 5% of what it is currently, the water and energy consumption are also much lower, thus creating reducing global carbon emissions due to livestock farming.

 

I will continue to research about cultured meat, and hope that it can one-day be scaled into the mainstream market at an affordable price. However, causing a shift in people’s consciousness and having the general public be comfortable with consuming meat that is man-made might be a massive social challenge. Do you think Cultured Meat could be the solution we need to combat to our global food production crisis?  


NB: I have posted the October thematic report in November after being kindly granted an extension by WooJoo Mentor. Thank you WooJoo Mentor for understanding and granting me the extension. 

3 Comments

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Ananya!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for sharing your report about the movie ' Meat the future'.
    In many labs in-vitro meats are researched due to possibility to replace the original meat from the stock.
    There are merits from cultured meat; reducing the exhaust gas from the livestock, space-saving, less cost, etc.
    But most important thing the safety is not settled yet.
    If there are no problem that harms human after consuming cultured meat I think it is essential to enlarge this one.
    I hope everything will come out all right.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 25-11-2020 14:16

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Ananya,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thanj you for sharing your report about Meat the future.
    Being able to reduce livestock water waste, farmland and other chemicals is really hepful and beneficial, since livestock is producing huge amounts of CO2 and water waste.
    I wonder if this new technology, which I believe it is related to genetic modification, new ethical issues could rise, and the biodiversity could be worsen if we depend too much on it.
    I think that the technology is quite efficient, but can't the perfect solution for food prkduction crisis.
    What is your opinion according to the Culture meat?

    Keep writing

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 13-11-2020 20:20

Shobha Pokhrel

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