New Food Technologies
In order to meet the demand for the animal food products made necessary by the Standard American Diet -or Western Diet- the resulting food production system creates many negative impacts. Let’s explore these impacts: Read the Good Food Institute information comparing conventional and cultivated meat production.
Using cultivated meat to produce our favorite animal-based products has many benefits. Billions of animals will not be required to produce meat, eggs and dairy products, so there will be no need to raise billions of animals. This adjustment to our food supply will reduce the waste and greenhouse gases currently produced, the use of resources, and the risk of antibiotic resistance and emergence of novel viruses.
There are many companies working on a variety of cultivated meat products. Watch this Finless Foods video about the production of cultivated fish and this JUST Foods video about cultivated chicken. New food technologies are also producing real dairy products without the cow - learn more about cow-free dairy from Perfect Day.
1. After exploring the links above, record answers for the following:
a. List two environmental issues caused by conventional animal agriculture.
b. List two health issues caused by conventional animal agriculture.
c. Explain why we won’t be able to sustain conventional animal agriculture production methods in the future, as the human population grows and natural resources become more limited.
1. Explore the cultivated meat information provided by Good Food Institute and this webpage for Mosa Meat, a cultivated meat producer.
Then, complete the following:
a. List three environmental advantages of producing cultivated meat versus conventional meat production.
b. List three health advantages of producing cultivated meat over conventional meat production.
c. Explain how cultivated meat might benefit the biodiversity of life on the planet.
2. Read Making Meat, from cultivated meat producer, Memphis Meats. List the steps or draw a diagram showing how cultivated meat is produced.