Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014
Hello meat lovers, hello vegetarians.
We need to talk about the future of
meat. With the world’s population
expected to reach nine billion people
by 2050, it’s becoming impossible to
produce and consume meat like we
do today. Climate change, energy
use, animal diseases and global food
shortages are just some of the problems
facing us, not to mention the issue of
animal welfare on factory farms. Some
researchers expect that in vitro meat,
grown from stem cells in a bioreactor,
could provide a sustainable and animalfriendly
alternative to conventional
meat. In 2013 the world’s first lab grown
burger was cooked. Nevertheless, many
people still find it an unattractive idea
to eat meat from a lab. And rightly so.
The In Vitro Meat Cookbook aims
to move beyond in-vitro meat as
an inferior fake-meat replacement
or horseless carriage, to explore its
creative prospects and visualize what
in-vitro meat products might be
on our plate one day.
Koert van Mensvoort will be interviewed by Nadine Bongaerts.