Hunger is one of the major problems in the world today. Research shows that 12.5% of the world population is hungry. It’s a figure that should cause chills on everyone’s skin as everyone on earth needs access to proper food. The technological world has been working on many innovations that could potentially provide a solution for food shortage. One of them is lab-grown meat.
Lab-grown meat is meat made from stem cells, as opposed to getting it from killing animals. It’s also known as cultured meat, and could help fight hunger in several ways.
Meat production is the leading cause of environmental degradation. 70% of the land is used in agricultural production. This has been a major cause of deforestation, fresh water scarcity, loss of biodiversity and global warming, as it contributes to 18% greenhouse emissions.
Is Lab-Grown Meat Better for the Environment?
The scary part is, the statistics are rising, as the consumption of meat is set to grow. Many people in the world prefer meat to plants. This combined with the fact that those who can afford to buy meat is on the rise. Developing countries and its people are becoming richer over time as well. This calls for an alternative to meat consumption if the world has environment conservation at heart.
Cultured meat is currently the best shot at saving the environment. Studies show that it will lower gas emissions by 80-85%, reduce land use by 99% as well as reduce water use by 85%. A kilo of animal meat consumes up to 10% of kg fed as compared to 2kg needed to produce a kilo of lab-grown meat. Animals do produce waste after food consumption which is not the case with cultured meat that, naturally, has no digestive system. It, therefore, does not require deep research to realize that it is safer for the environment.
Lab-Grown Meat is Only the First Step
The land saved by going the way of lab-grown meat must be put to good use, for example, forestation. The increased forest cover will increase carbon reduction. The forest cover will provide a base of protection for endangered species, both trees/plants and animals. Producing meat in the lab is a way to restore the natural order of life between humans and animals.
From the look of things at how inventions and innovations have been coming up in the world, the internet of things keeps growing fast. The prospect of producing meat is clearer than ever before. No one expects animals in space; the only viable option is lab-grown meat.
Most consumers will definitely have health concerns. Lab-grown meat is theoretically healthier than animal meat. It is made using tested and proven guidelines. Thus a certain health status is guaranteed. Researchers will be able to develop meat with no fats or regulate the fat to body requirements.
Lab-Grown Meat Cannot End World Hunger by Itself
Every given economy must work within the supply and demand chain. This implies that an increase in supply leads to a decrease in price. The increase in the supply of cultured meat in the economy will reduce the prices of meat in general. This will make it affordable for most people.
Even if the prospects of fighting the persistent hunger in the world become brighter, you should know that the world does not suffer from hunger because of lack of food but rather because of bad utilization and other components in the economy. There are groups of people in the world who, no matter how cheap or affordable the lab-grown meat will be, will still not be able to afford it, and they will most likely continue to wallow in poverty.
Some cases of relief food theft in some developing regions of the world also call for action to rethink delivery. Natural disasters, poor roads, poor infrastructure, and poor land use have contributed to poverty in the world today. So, lab-grown meat production must be developed as others are connected with economic facilities for hunger alleviation to be able to effectively tackle hunger in the world.
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