“We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”
Nine years before Sir Winston Churchill became British prime minister, he wrote a 4000-word article about his predictions for what the future of the world may look like by the year 1981 titled Fifty Years Hence.
He may have been a little early with his prediction for chicken production, but only a true visionary could have predicted how we may produce food in the future.
The first lab-grown meat factory in the world has just opened in Israel.
It will use animal cells to produce chicken, beef, lamb and pork. Also known as cultured meat, this “slaughter-free” meat production is part of a food revolution that may well sweep the globe.
In Australia we have good access to meat at reasonable prices, but it’s not the case in other countries.
The average Australian consumes 110 kilograms of meat a year, two-and-a-half times more than the global average.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) estimates the demand for meat to increase by more than two-thirds in the next 40 years and current production methods are not sustainable.