Google’s Sergey Brin Paid $330000 For Lab Burger First Synthetic Beef Hamburger
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[Google’s Sergey Brin Paid $330000 For Lab Burger First Synthetic Beef Hamburger]
[Sergey Brin (Co-Founder Google):] Source: LYBIO.net
Sometimes a new technology comes along, and it has the capability to transform, how we view our world. I like to look at technology opportunities, where the technology seems like it’s on the cusp of viability. And if it succeeds there, it can be really transformative for the world.
[Richard Wrangham (Professor of Biological Anthropology Harvard University):]
The story of human evolution is one that is intimately tied to meat. Once we started cooking meat, then we could get lots of energy, and that energy enabled us to have big brains, and become physically, anatomically human. Hunters and gatherers all over the world are very sad, if for a few days at a time the hunters come back empty handed. Their camp becomes quiet, the dancing stops. And then somebody catches some meat, they bring the prey into the camp or nowadays into somebody’s back garden with a barbecue. Everybody gets excited to come and share the meat. It is ritually cut and passed out to people. We are a species designed to love meat.
[Ken Cook (Co-Founder Environmental Working Group):]
Feeding the world is a complex problem. I think people don’t yet realized, what an impact meat consumption has on the planet.
We have a vision in our minds of you know there’s pristine farms, got a couple of cows, a couple of chickens, but that’s not actually how meat gets produced today.
Well, 70% of the antibiotics used in the United States now are not used on people they are used on animals in agriculture, because we keep them in such inhumane overcrowded conditions.
[Sergey Brin:] Source: LYBIO.net
When you see how these cows are treated, it’s certainly something I’m not comfortable with.
If you eat a lot of meat you’re 20% more likely to have a chronic disease like cancer, or heart disease, just because of the fat and what’s in the fat. 18% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from meat production. We’re also using something like 1,500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. Meat takes up about 70% of our arable lands, there’s no question that if we were able to shift more of our land into intensive fruit and vegetable production, we’d be able to feed a lot more people a lot healthier diet. With the global population growing from seven billion to nine billion people, by 2050 the demand for meat will double. We can’t just continue doing what we’ve been doing. Unless we make some changes in how we produce meat on this planet, we’re in for a terrible reckoning.
What climate change is going to do, is going to change resource distribution, and in a modern world where we have Paleolithic minds and contemporary weapons, that’s really dangerous.
There are basically three things that can happen going forward. One of it is we will all become vegetarian I don’t think that is really likely. You know the second is we ignore the issues, and that leads to continued environmental harm. And the third option is we do something new.
[Mark Post (Professor of Physiology Maastricht University):]
Meat is muscle, muscle from an animal. By our technology we actually are producing meat, it’s just not in a cow. I’m a physician and I do mostly cardiovascular research, making tissues, especially blood vessels for bypass grafting. The stem cell techniques are very useful for growing beef. We take a few cells from a cow, muscle specific stem cells that can only become muscle. There’s very little that we have to do to make these cells do the right thing. They divide by themselves and if we provide those anchor points for future tendons, they will self organize into muscle. So a few cells that we take from this cow can turn into ten tons of meat.
Some people think this is science fiction – it is not real, it’s somewhere out there. I actually think that is a good thing. If what you are doing is not seen by some people as science fiction, it is probably not transformative enough. It’s really just a proof of concept right now, we’re trying to create the first cultured beef hamburger. From there, I’m optimistic we can really scale by leaps and bounds.
[Mark Post:] Source: LYBIO.net
20 years from now, if you entered a supermarket, you would have the choice between two products that are identical. One is made in an animal, it now has this label on it, that animals have suffered or have been killed for this product, and it has an eco text, because it’s bad for the environment, and it’s exactly the same as an alternative product that is being made in a lab. It tastes the same, it has the same quality, it has the same price, or is even cheaper. So what are you going to choose? From an ethical point of view, it has only benefits.
The more we’re aware of how this whole system fits together, I think the more interest there is on the part of consumers in a completely different system altogether.
[Richard Wrangham:] Source: LYBIO.net
Meat consumption was part of the human species. It’s been fantastically beneficial for us. And now by some horrendous irony it become part of a system that threatens our species, we have to do something about it.
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