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Lab produced ‘meatball’, could this be the future of meat?

Many people challenge claim since it involves an actual animal producing the cell in the first place

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A demo of the world’s first lab-produced meat has gone viral earlier this month after a group of professionals from a food technology company called Memphis Meats discuss the importance of high quality protein for producing meat without an animal being involved.

The product is meant to be introduced into our grocery stores starting 2021, according to officials from Memphis Meats.

The video has sparked a huge reaction on Facebook’s ‘Futurism’ page with many people claiming it to be misleading, since it involves an actual animal producing the cell in the first place.

According to a Facebook user, he believes this would be “the next step in the evolution of industrialized food production”.

“It is good because it will produce a greater amount of disease-free food. And after enough work, it will taste good. Considering our exponential population growth, this is good” he says.

However, other users were not impressed with the idea. One user believes it will reduce “the quality of the meat” rather than the genetic code of the animal’s cell.

The lab-grown meatball process was first revealed by the team in February 2016.

“The cells must grow in an environment that has no contamination from bacteria or fecal material. And once we feel the meat has reached a level where it is matured or can be digested, we harvest it,” says Uma Valeti, Memphis Meats CEO and founder, in the video.

As for the matter of how “natural” the process is, Dr. Eric Schulze, Senior Scientist at Memphis Meats, believes this already exists. “We have the benefit of evolution, millions of years of evolution, producing the cells that we start with,” he says in the video.

“We then use all the cumulative knowledge of humanity to produce a product that already exists in the grocery store, just without an animal needed,” he adds.