Israel Opens Up First Lab-Grown Meat Restaurant

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Lab-Grown meat is starting to get a lot of attention. It is backed by people such as Bill Gates who is investing millions into the research.

The basic essence of the technology is this:

Why grown the cow when we can just grow the steak?

Stem cells research is advancing to the point where putting them in a bioreactor can allow for the production of meats, even from a single feather.

Now we see a restaurant in Israel called "The Chicken" opening up. It is designed to serve lab-grown meat to customers.

For the time being, nothing is for sale since they are looking for feedback on the products. They are at the point where they are trying to improve the taste, texture, and overall experience.

The Chicken, which just opened in Tel Aviv, serves lab-grown (also known as cultured or cell-based) chicken meat made from protein grown from cells in a bioreactor. The restaurant is situated next door to the production plant, which is visible to diners through a large window. The restaurant is open according to local COVID-19 restrictions.

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This is going to be a topic for discussion over this decade.

Agriculture and ranching are extremely inefficient. They utilize a lot of land in addition to natural resources such as water. It takes time for the product to be ready to deliver to market.

There is also the question of whether we can produce enough to feed the growing global population? With expectations of the total number of people reaching 9 billion, that means there will be another couple billion mouths to feed. We already have many people on this planet starving. How can we possibly feed that many more?

Here is where we see researchers kicking things into high gear. Proponents of these paths feel that nature has reached a production limit. The time and resources required simply can be usurped via technology.

Lab-grown meats can be produced anywhere. This is one of the biggest advantages. Presently, only a few places on the planet are able to produce massive quantities of food. Yet, with technology, anyone with a bioreactor can "grow" chicken, beef, or even fish.

Of course, the process is presently a bit expensive, especially compared to the traditional method. However, like most things involved technology, the pace of innovation is likely to drop the price greatly.

The goal is to produce more meats, faster, and for less money while using less natural resources. If this comes into being, we will see millions of acres of land freed up.

It is estimated that by 2040, more than half of the meat consumed in the world will come from either plant or cell based production. The slaughter of animals will be in the minority.

So what do you think? What would you eat meat that was made in a bioreactor?


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I wonder if this will have any kind of negative health effects on humans, overall it's incredible.

No more than regular meat. In fact, this is likely healthier since there will be absent the chemicals such as steroids that are used in our present meat industry.

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It will become the future. Producing real meat is slow and expensive. What would take 1/2 year to several years to grow will be able to be made in a batch reactor in hours. I'm a bit surprised Israel would be getting into this as Jewish people's diets are pretty strict.

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So what do you think? What would you eat meat that was made in a bioreactor?

The idea of eating meat that comes from a lab or bioreactor is somehow strange, so that might hold back some people in the beginning.
But do people think of animals being killed in slaughterhouse when they eat meat now?
I think these thoughts will slowly fade away.

I do agree with you there is a need to embrace alternatives to meat to reduce the impact on the environment and to be able to meet the demand.
Another advantage of reducing the consumption of meet is the spread of diseases which often are related to meat consumption.

So I will certainly try it. And what about you?

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But do people think of animals being killed in slaughterhouse when they eat meat now?

There is a reason why slaughterhouses do not give tours to schools or church groups.

So I will certainly try it. And what about you?

Certainly I would.

I have eaten the Beyond Burgers. They are plant based. I will state they are an acquired taste but not bad. It takes a little while to get use to them but they are good.

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All these vegan soja based products are also getting better and better.
With those products it's mostly the structure of the 'meat' that bothers me, but they have already improved that.
It's quite strange that the structure is also important.

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I would be overjoyed to eat meat produced in a bioreactor at least if the price were not prohibitive. Such meat would be cleaner, safer and ethically unproblematic.

To recreate the same experience as in eating real meat involves producing muscle tissue instead of just muscle cells. That's MUCH more complicated than reproducing cells. In real meat, there veins, membranes, fat etc. The tissue has a certain composition and texture.

Luckily, there is a synergy between medicine and the food industry in synthetic tissues. Both fields can benefit from the same basic research.

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I would be overjoyed to eat meat produced in a bioreactor at least if the price were not prohibitive.

For now, that is a problem but one the price technology curve usually solves.

To recreate the same experience as in eating real meat involves producing muscle tissue instead of just muscle cells.

Yes that is why these "trials" where people can provide feedback. Creating the meat in a lab is actually fairly easy...creating meat that people will actually eat, that is a different story.

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Apart from any underlying health effect that comes from eating grown meat, I basically feel it's even cheaper and more efficient to grow Meat I of course don't think my country would seek such advancement in technology but Israel is making moves

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If successful in the developed countries, it will quickly spread. Especially if the prices on the bioreactors drops where other nations can get involved.

Just like the Internet spread, technological ideas, if embraced, end up going global.

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Yeah I feel it might get cheaper only if it spreads and the cost of the initial production isn't really huge. But then cost always decline with time. Lol the world will wait

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I think the cost of lab grown ground beef went from $300K a pound in 2013 to $11 by 2019. Still a high price at $11 in the US but a lot cheaper than $300K.

Regular ground beef is like $2 a pound here so it still has to drop a lot more.

I cant speak to the taste of it yet.

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It still can drop but then, from 300k to 11$ that's good it can still go cheaper but then there's a lot of hope at the moment it'll gain traction when it becomes cheaper.

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I was waiting for a day where lab grown meat become available for the masses. It is unethical for humans to destroy the lives of animals when there is many plants available. Farms has a high impact on the environment and it takes a lot of crops and water to feed the animals.

All I'm worried about is the taste and potential screwups in meat productions in the lab as this is a very new technology. I wish these scientists and entrepreneurs Best of Luck!

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Taste is an important factor. Growing meat that people will buy is crucial.

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I strongly believe this to be the future.
Let me be honest here, I know eating (excessive amounts of) meat is probably a bad thing. But my grandpa was a butcher and I just love meat, I rarely spend a day without eating at least some. Going vegetarian is not an option for me as thus far, everything mimicking meat on a plant base simply did not hit my taste. Having meat grown in a bioreactor, though? Sure, why not - if it hits my taste and it's not pumped to the brim with unhealthy stuff, this could totally be an alternative for me. Might take some more time to get it right, but I'm hopeful we'll get there within this decade.

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I think the outlook you have is reflected by most. At the end of the day, few take the time to understand where their food comes from anyway. So having meat created in a bioreactor probably will not be known by most.

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True, although I think that's changing over time as more and more people try to buy organic food or at least food grown close to where they live - at least that's a trend I see in Germany. Because of that, making the conscious decision to buy lab grown food could actually be a selling point as it's the ethical thing to do.

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That is a bit of the case in the US but not really that much. We still have centralized processing and production plants. This is where the food source is.

With some newer technologies, including urban farming, we are seeing a bit of a shift.

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It would be interesting to hear from someone who's tried the meat there.

I found the homepage for the restaurant:
https://thechicken.kitchen/

Anyone from Israel?

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Technology is making things more easier in this world

I tend to think that the world in next 50 or 100 years is going to have more problems with depopulation than with overpopulation. However, even when there is less people to be fed, any technology that makes food production simpler and cheaper could can still make major and positive impact on society.

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I tend to think that the world in next 50 or 100 years is going to have more problems with depopulation than with overpopulation.

Without a doubt. We will see a rise until mid century, then a reversal.

Even if depopulation isnt really in the card, an aging population will be. This is something that is going to drastically change things (it already is). Of course, this feeds into the depopulation idea since older people are done having their kids.

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i would definitely try it out!

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Very interesting blog @taskmaster4450le

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