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He wants to use plant-based agriculture

Lab-grown meat may not sound as appealing as the real thing, but tech giants like Google's Sergey Brin have done it in an effort to find viable ways of feeding the world's population, and Microsoft is looking to do something similar. 

According to a new report from The Washington Post, Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates wants to back plant-based animal product replacements. The idea is to use plant-based agriculture, which uses fewer resources than the production of meat. 

Gates has already kick started this idea by investing in Hampton Farms, which is a food startup that makes plant protein-based substitutes for eggs.

The reason Gates wants to make plant-based versions of meat is because raising livestock traditionally has a vast impact on the environment. Beef farming has been criticized for increasing methane emissions, since cows are ruminants fermenting food during digestion and producing carbon gases as a waste byproduct. In fact, five percent of carbon dioxide emissions and forty percent of methane emissions come from beef farming. 


Traditional farming also requires a lot of land and water, and with the human population constantly growing; the traditional way just won't feed 9 billion people. Hence, lab-grown meat will serve as a substitute for the real deal. 

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has already made a $332,000 investment in lab-grown meat, which has been developed and tested. The end result was a hamburger with 20,000 muscle fibers cultured from the stem cells of living cows. The big issue is that the stem cells need fetal bovine serum in order to complete the process, and the serum costs $250 per liter -- requiring as many as three cow fetuses for the liter. 

Those who've tried the artificial meat have described it as close to the real thing and "cake-like." 

The project was led by researchers at the Maastricht Univ., The Netherland's biggest international college. 
 
"When you see how these cows are treated, it's certainly something I'm not comfortable with," said Brin. "[While the synthetic alternative] is really just proof of concept right now, we're trying to create the first cultured beef hamburger.  From there I'm optimistic that we can really scale by leaps and bounds."

Source: The Washington Post



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RE: Sounds great to me
By shmmy on 8/7/2013 1:34:32 PM , Rating: 1
The troll strikes again.

Once again you conservatives fail to see the big picture because you are too short sighted, or just ignorant. (Its not normal for me to use labels, but I decided to fight fire with fire. I think it is funny that you (and other Fox News watching mouth breathers) need to use them so you can automatically discredit a group of people based on your own small minded and ignorant ideals. Just so that you can justify your own silly thoughts of a past that will never be present, and does not work everywhere)

The United States is not the center of the universe. Many countries do not have the resources to provide beef at a reasonable cost to the general public. Right now in South America (that's the big chunk of land to our south with a bunch of "minorities" on it) is cutting down rain forest to create land for cows to feed. (thats a bad thing)

Simple facts about cows
Cows require 100's of gallons of water that many areas can not provide. They also produce methane that is something like 9x stronger of a green house gas then C02. (ICE emissions) Only in the past few years have farms started to harness the solid waste of cows to produce fuel and power their farms, however most farms do not do that so the gas just escapes into the atmosphere. (also a bad thing)

Enjoy living in ignorance jerk. :)

To save me from writing another post on a side note. What will we do if we stop eating cows? STOP BREEDING THEM! We breed our cows, they do not just roam free and reproduce on their own. If we stopped breeding them the large population would die off at some point.


RE: Sounds great to me
By Reclaimer77 on 8/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: Sounds great to me
By ClownPuncher on 8/7/2013 3:02:00 PM , Rating: 2
There are so many square miles of arable land, as well as farmable land in places like Patagonia, Alaska and Canada that are not being used at all.


RE: Sounds great to me
By Ammohunt on 8/8/13, Rating: 0
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