There’s a new kid on the block, a fresh face around town, something fishy is going on.
But don’t worry, ‘cos it aint got no beef.
Well actually it does, but it was created in a laboratory, with stem cells taken from a cow, mixed with a cornucopia of delights, and caramel, before being served up alongside some rather sorry looking lettuce and tomato.
If you’re not already aware the breaking news is that scientists have created beef!
Ok not so much created, but grew, because we all know that beef has been around for, well… since the Normans invaded and gave us the word, albeit with a slightly different spelling.*
I digress, back to the boffins and well done them and well done Sergey Brin for stumping up the cash to fund the project (if you don’t know who he is, Google him).
It strikes me that the work they (the boffins) are doing is rather good indeed. On a planet with one billion malnourished people and the population’s of emerging economies demanding more food, we need to supply more. With an ever decreasing land mass available for agricultural production, we’ve got less space to do it. So to look for alternatives is some pretty sound planning.
For the sake of those currently underfed and for those who will be in the future I hope the idea is developed and then implemented. The worst thing to do now would be to say; “Got that sorted. Right, shelve it Steve and bring it back out when we’ve eviscerated every other asset”.
Let’s not do what we’ve done with hydrogen fuel cell technology.
*insert unimpressed smiley*
So to the person who’s going to say that I’m a proponent of a method that could destroy farming – I’m not – I’m a proponent of giving people choice. At the moment millions don’t have a choice and that’s a number only going to grow in the future. Therefore we need, as a society, as a species, to look at ways to improve food security.
Giving people more choice will allow consumers to continue to be fed by the farming techniques they currently know and appreciate. It will also allow them to be fed by new methods, which in turn will surely give farmers more choice as well.
*That alternate spelling… Boeuf