Animals, rejoice! There may be SOME relief on the way!
A scientist in the Netherlands has announced that he's working on creating "cultured meat," which consists of "burgers or sausages grown in laboratory Petri dishes rather than [being] made from slaughtered livestock." Wowsa!
Vascular biologist Mark Post says that the first "lab-grown hamburger" will cost approximately $345,000 to create, and it should be coming soon.
"The first one will be a proof of concept, just to show it's possible. I believe I can do this in the coming year."
"This first one will be grown in an academic lab, by highly trained academic staff. It's handmade and it's time- and labor-intensive. That's why it's so expensive to produce."
Given the fact that this method of creating "cultured meats" involves the usage of animal stem cells, we'd imagine this will be met with plenty of controversy as scientists move forward.
Whether or not you support this, it's hard to deny the fact that it's absolutely fascinating that this is possible!