R&D to commercialize cultured meat has long seemed like nuclear fusion; a technology perpetually set thirty years in the future. But now New Scientist claims that a breakthrough on cultured meat research could be just six months to a year away.
Of all the things that could take a huge bite out of the meat industry, I’d put the successful commercialization of cultured meat at the top of the list. Cultured meat has the promise to be cleaner, safer, and cheaper than the stuff from animals, while eliminating all the animal welfare and many of the environmental concerns. Expect meat eaters to switch en masse once it’s available.
If New Scientist is right, now could be a perilous time to own stock in any meat company that has huge capital investments in slaughterhouses and factory farms. Link.