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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 Ammohunt on 8/8/2013 12:27:08 PM , Rating: 0
Many countries do not have the resources to provide beef at a reasonable cost to the general public.

Honestly i could give two shits what the rest of the world does and feel no responsibility to other countries and what they do within their borders that doesn't affect free peoples. Young countries are like children they need to grow and make their own mistakes; they can't be told how to do things and frankly its arrogant of you to suggest such.

You may be a "Global Citizen" but I will never be. You people live in an artificial bubble created as how you "feel" life and living should be. You casually ignore the cold hard truths of life just waiting to get slapped in the face with reality.

Growing meat in a lab for consumption is solving a problem that doesn't exist. If we want to talk about alternate forms of obtaining animal protein there are much better ways to go about it such as insect meal. This is an abomination and frankly disgusts me whats next human meat grown in a lab for the cannibal in everyone?(based on the weird crap the Chinese eat i can see that happening).

I for one am not so far detached from my food as most of the arrogant liberals are. I raise chickens for eggs and this fall i will attempt to harvest elk for meat again. I recommend it to anyone who thinks lab grown meat is a good idea.

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