Memphis Meats Will Soon Offer Cheap And Healthy Meat Grown In A Lab [Watch]

(Photo : Getty Images / Andrew Burton ) In vitro meat can be cheap, healthy, green and cruelty free.

The state of meat manufacture makes alternatives look highly desirable. However, anyone attempting vegetarianism can attest that almost nothing compares to the taste of meat. One company claims to have solved this problem.

Memphis Meats -- founded by three scientists: Nicholas Genovese, Will Clem and CEO Uma Valeti -- has created a viable solution to traditional meat processing. Memphis Meats claims to have unveiled the world's first cultured meatball in Feb. 2016.

New technology has traversed some of the environmental, ethical and health issues of consuming meat. By many credible estimates the slaughter process is expensive, inefficient, cruel and unhealthy.

Eater reports that cows consume 28 times more land and 11 times more water than other livestock. The World Wildlife Fund reports that bovines account for 25 percent of land use and greenhouse emissions.

Large amounts of space, gasoline and vegetation go into producing small amounts of beef. The U.N. predicts a global population of 9.6 billion by 2050, and these resource requirements seem unsustainable.

Other issues, aside from pollution and resources, include fecal contamination, antibiotic use and cruelty. Memphis Meats' process, also called synthetic meat production or in vitro meat harvesting, addresses these concerns.

Tissue from a live animal is harvested, and muscle cells are separated from fat. The muscle tissue is cultured in a controlled environment, where the cells receive nutrients like amino acids and carbohydrates. Tubes of muscle tissue eventually grow to produce edible meat patties.

The concept of only harvesting, reproducing and eating desirable cells, in a clean environment, is a game changer. Future generations may compare our consumption of a dirt-grown carrot or chicken sandwich to smoking. These technologies offer cleaner food than we could ever produce today.

Many different slaughter and farming concerns are addressed by lab grown meat. These results came with a heavy price tag in the past, but the price of synthetic meat is predicted to plummet.

The original cost of one patty was initially $325,000, The Washington Post reports. That price could drop as low as $70 per kilo of beef in coming years.

Other challenges, aside from cost, involve public perception and diversity in the product line. Memphis Meats eventually wants to provide products indistinguishable from conventional meat.

CEO Uma Valeti claimed in an Interview with Sam Harris that ground beef products are the easiest to produce. The complexities of a marbled steak, or in-bone cut of meat, may be years away. However, a feasible alternative to ground beef appears to be burgeoning.

The future of supermarket ground beef may increasingly involve synthetics. Interestingly, the concept has been around long before the technology.

Perhaps the earliest mention of growing meat was from Winston Churchill. He stated in 1931, "We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium," according to Teaching American History.

The 2002 sci-fi book "Feed" depicts fields of amber meat growing in rows and harvested like vegetables. However, it was not until 2013 that the first successful laboratory meat debuted, according to Eater.

The Washington Post estimates Americans eat 210 pounds of meat per year. If companies like Memphis Meats can overcome the challenges, an increasing amount may be grown in labs.

Watch Memphis Meats prepare a meatball in this promotional video.

Will you eat lab-grown meat? Comment below.

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