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Is Lab-Grown Food the Future? — Pros and Cons to Consider

Every day we keep hearing on TV and in newspapers about the increasing population in the world. It is also likely to impact our food cycle in the future. After all, with a larger population to feed with fewer farms and cattle, there won’t be enough food. That’s why scientists have come up with a solution in the form of lab-grown food. But does it serve the purpose of authentic food we all depend on? Does it offer the same nutrition as authentic, organic food? 

Just like everything else, lab grown food comes with pros and cons. But some companies believe it to be the future of the food industry. Let’s figure it out after reading both pros and cons of lab-grown food. 

Pros of Lab-Grown Food

  1. It can help meet the increasing food demands of the rising population in the world. Hence, address world hunger. 
  2. Lab-grown food could free up resources and spaces for other uses.
  3. It can reduce the negative environmental/sustainability impacts, as well as cruelty against animals in livestock agriculture. 
  4. Technology utilized for lab-grown meat is upgrading with time. 
  5. Lab-grown food can even produce meat without organs, bones, etc, unlike livestock.
  6. It might make use of sustainable energy in near future. 
  7. Lab-grown food is easier to modify for the future benefit of the world. 
  8. It is quicker to produce than traditional farm-grown food. 
  9. Lab-grown meat can help reduce the risks associated with conventional animal farming. 
  10. It can help deliver food consistently with more consistent quality. 
  11. The industry of lab-grown meat and other foods can give jobs to many while increasing the economy. 
  12. When available in supermarkets, the food grown in labs may be more affordable.

Cons of Lab-Grown Food 

  1. Since we have already enough food for the world’s population, the requirement for lab-grown food is questionable for now.  
  2. Currently it is not affordable for anyone, as the production cost is higher. 
  3. Even lab-grown food may not solve the causes of food security issues and world hunger. 
  4. There are still cheaper, better, and more effective ways to provide food for the world population. 
  5. Lab-grown meat does not stop animal requirements for meat yet. 
  6. Currently, lab-grown food, especially meat, is not any different from the growing feed for animal livestock. 
  7. As per food analytics, lab-grown food still has some ethical issues as GMOs.
  8. Researchers focusing on growing food in laboratories don’t consider the positive effect of land-based agriculture. 
  9. Organic, sustainable, and other types of green livestock farming may offer better environmental impact than lab-grown meat or other foods. 
  10. The taste of lab-grown meat and other foods is not as per people’s expectations. 
  11. Proper nutrition is a big question for food grown in laboratories. 
  12. It can remove the current land-based agriculture of livestock jobs in the future economy. 
  13. Some people won’t accept lab-grown ingredients as real food. 
  14. Food grown in labs can utilize various resources with a significant environmental footprint. 

Is it the Future?

It’s not difficult to fall for the increasing trend of “animal-free” meat and food grown in a lab. However, there is not much certainty about its nutritional content and food value so far.

But if global warming keeps impacting the world, it can offer a great solution to feeding many in the future. Nonetheless, we still have a long way to go. So, we have to wait to see the need and its impact on the future. 

But one thing is sure we cannot keep having meat the way we are because it’s not good how livestock agriculture treats poor animals to meet our meat supply. So, lab-grown meat won’t leave the headlines soon. However, we still have to see how it goes for other food items grown in laboratories.

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