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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/7/2013 2:08:16 PM , Rating: 0
If you're going to call someone a troll it's best not to be a condescending asshole, use personal insults, and accuse them of being "Fox News mouthbreathers". Translation: You are being a troll.

Now lets deal with some facts, shall we?

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)

South America is called a "developing" region for a reason. They are not privy to several advanced farming and ranching techniques that industrialized nations have implemented to boost yields while making efficient use of acreage.

This isn't because ranching and farming is "unsustainable", it's due to traditions and economics. Mostly economics.

Is your premise that synthetic meat will magically reduce the need for "minorities" (love the use of racism to further your attacks btw) to clear land for farming and ranching? Maybe you haven't through this through.

For someone who accuses me of thinking America is the center of the universe, you apparently can't grasp that farming and ranching in undeveloped nations is not only necessary for survival, but it's crucial to local economies. They need it to make a living!

I guess in your mind all these people will just buy a bunch of insanely expensive stem cells, lab equipment, and machinery they can't afford, and start whipping up test tube meat to the tune of $100,000 per ounce.

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)

And here is where you remove all doubt, and show your extreme Liberal colors. Oh no, save us from the cow farts. The most deadly epidemic of our times!

If we stopped breeding them the large population would die off at some point.

Yes let's reduce the cow population until they're an endangered species. At which point more Liberal's like yourself will decry mankind for it's short-sightedness.

I'm in awe at the cycle of stupidity on display.

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.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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