Meat the Future

Solving the protein crisis

Humanity has an insatiable hunger for meat. We’re emptying the oceans, turning the rainforest into ranches, and raising animals factory-style to satisfy our appetites. Is there a humane, eco-friendly way to get our protein fix? Along with insect farming and vegetarian substitutes, in vitro meat is a promising solution to the protein crisis. Though still expensive and difficult to produce, lab-grown muscle tissue might one day be a cheap, low-impact way of producing enough meat to feed the world.

Meat, the Expectations

ESSAY BY Van Mensvoort
September 23rd 2012

As the planet’s population speeds towards 9 billion, it’s becomes impossible to continue consuming meat like we do today.

Will we all be eating rice and beans? Grasshoppers perhaps? Scientists hope to keep us eating vertebrate protein with in vitro meat. Grown in bioreactors from animal cells, in vitro meat could be a sustainable and humane alternative to raising a whole animal from birth to slaughter. The first lab-grown hamburger is expected within the next few months.…

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Watch the intro video for the ‘Meat The Future’ cookbook, which presents both delicious as well as uncanny lab grown meat recipes to catalyze a conversation on the meat of the future.

Want Ketchup with those Flies?

Allison Guy
August 12th 2011

Industrial-scale in vitro meat may be a long way off, but for meat-lovers looking for a cheap, eco-friendly source of protein, there's no need to wait.…

Animal-Free Meat Could Put a Hold on Global Warming

Van Mensvoort
July 5th 2011

Growing meat in the lab, rather than slaughtering animals, could become a viable alternative for people who want to cut the environmental impact of their food consumption, but cannot bear a vegetarian lifestyle.…

No Future for Traditional Meat

Alessia Andreotti
September 14th 2014

We’re standing with Professor Mark Post - father of the In Vitro Hamburger - in front of the three biggest bioreactors in the Netherlands, the machines humming faintly and filled with millions of busily dividing cow cells.…