Would you eat artificially grown meat?
Would you eat meat grown in vats? No? Well, how about if you were really hungry? What could be better than a nice juicy cheeseburger with fries? And does it really matter whether the meat was raised, grown or cloned?
While artificially grown meat may be a deal-breaker for you, it seems as if billions of other people may soon have little choice but to consume whatever type of meat is available.
According to the Guardian, artificial meat grown in vats could become the norm if the 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 are to be adequately fed without destroying the earth as we know it.
Indeed, Dr. Philip Thornton, a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, told the Guardian that two "wild cards" could potentially transform global meat and milk production.
"One is artificial meat, which is made in a giant vat...The other is nanotechnology, which is expected to become more important as a vehicle for delivering medication to livestock."
Nevertheless, even with a range of new technologies - such as genetic modification and nanotechnology - hundreds of millions of people may still go hungry due to climate change, water shortages and increased food consumption.