Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates Also Investing in Artificial Meat
August 7, 2013 11:34 AM
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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
, 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."
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RE: Sounds great to me
8/7/2013 4:15:56 PM
Kill them all.
What? You know damn well that's the only awnser when talking population control or reduction. You're going to end up either forcefully sterilizing people or forcefully terminating their lives.
You can do what the chinese did, institute a 1 child policy. My mother always said "better the world start with yourself" so why doesn't america implement this policy? I'm sure you people are OK with the goverment telling you how many kids you can and cannot have, as you seem to wish it on others.
Oh the USA is not a third world country? Your financials say otherwise. But granted, if it isn't now, it certainly will be if africa or china develops to "first world" status. After all, the only reason you're rich now is because they are poor. If they are as rich as you, you are as poor as them.
No. The problem isn't the amount of people, the earth could handle 15 billion people with little problem. The problem is Accesability to food.
The US is a net exporter of food. Heck, my country with it's 17 million residents is the second largest agicultural exporter in the world! It's not that we don't know how to grow massive quanities of food. It the people in africa having to be able to afford shipping all that food to their country.
If we'd set up some massive irrigation projects in africa, use the humantairian aid we're already sending soley for that purpouse and all world hunger would virtually be gone. Know why that doesn't happen? Because if africa becomes a net exporter of food, they will directly compete with the USA and indeed, my own country. This means that unless we can offer lower prices, people will buy african food, lowering our income, lowering our standard of living, and in the end, causing famine here because we cannot afford to grow the food anymore.
The problem isn't food. The problem is what we humans consider valueble. Right now, we consider digital bits stored on a specific computer far more valueble then human life. That's what we call "money". If you don't have the right bits and bytes you can just go fuckin starve.
Good luck getting food in a "first world" country if you don't have any money. The only place you'll get it is in jail after you've been put there for preventing starvation, i mean, stealing other people's property.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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