In 2013, the first “clean” hamburger (real beef grown outside an animal) debuted in London, paving the way for a future free of the suffering and slaughter of billions of factory-farmed animals.
The creation of this clean burger allowed scientists to perfect the process. But with a price tag of roughly $330,000, it was obviously cost prohibitive.
A lot has changed since then. Clean meat, which is made from cells without the need to raise or slaughter animals, has not only gained tremendous attention but may soon be affordable and available at your local grocery store.
Just a few months ago, Memphis Meats debuted the world’s first clean chicken and duck meat:
Memphis Meats CEO Dr. Uma Valeti told The Good Food Institute:
Chicken and duck are at the center of the table in so many cultures around the world, but the way conventional poultry is raised creates huge problems for the environment, animal welfare, and human health. We aim to produce meat in a better way so that it is delicious, affordable and sustainable.
“But it’s still meat! I’ll never eat that!
So don’t. Whether we would eat clean meat ourselves, we should support any effort to replace meat from animals with truly humane alternatives.
Those of us who have switched to a plant-based diet know that vegan foods can be incredibly satisfying. The fact remains, however, that the majority of people still eat meat, and these clean meats can provide a humane, sustainable, and affordable alternative.
This could completely transform the way the world eats.
Animal agriculture accounts for an overwhelming amount of greenhouse gas as well as excessive water use and pollution. Clean meat would also eliminate the harmful environmental effects of raising animals at factory farms.
And if that weren’t enough, the end of factory farming would benefit local communities plagued by pollution from these facilities and end the rampant overuse of antibiotics on farmed animals.
In short, producing meat without animal slaughter has enormous potential to change the world for the better.
As it stands, the best thing compassionate people can do to stop the horrific suffering of animals raised for meat is to leave meat off their plates altogether. And fortunately, there are tons of delicious, totally meat-free options that are sure to satisfy even the most devout carnivore.
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