The article I read from SEED Magazine was on in vitro meat. The process of making in vitro meat starts with a single stem cell or a myoblast. Jason Matheny, a vegetarian and co-founder and director of New Harvest, which is working on producing in vitro meat claims this is a humane alternative to producing meat products, but still allows us to appease our craving and need for protein in our diets. The cells are grown in a nutrient rich media, full of: amino acids, sugars, salts and vitamins. To get the cells to multiple scientists in the lab electronically stimulate, stretch, or add a mechanical pressure to cells. Matheny claims that by making meat products in the laboratory the health of consumers will benefit. Excess fat and unwanted growth hormones will not be present in their products. Although their ground meat alternative has not yet been approved for taste testing Matheny believes consumers and buyers will back this new technology once it is closer to being implemented into the market.
Its creators are looking at in vitro meat as a way to help with world's ever growing need for more meat products. Countries like China and India, which were originally low consumers of meat products, have now been doubling their meat consumption and will continue to do so.
Matheny plays off of the public's new obsession with becoming more environmentally friendly by adding that in vitro meat produces less green house gas emissions and uses less land and water. Matheny also adds consumers won't feel guilty about eating meat that is produced in a lab than meat from slaughtered animals. Considering how stem cell research is constantly being debated on whether or not it is ethical, I do not think that many consumers of meat products will be switching from the traditional way of harvesting meat to the new way to mass produce. The other issue I take into account about this new technology is how would this affect the farmers and their families that raise the livestock we consume. Matheny does not state in the article whether or not this new technology would prevail over the traditional method, but if it did, it would affect a multitude of people.