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3D printed meat could soon be cheap and tasty


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#1    ExpandMyMind

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

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The next time you’re about to bite into a hamburger, take a moment to consider the resources that went into making it. In a recent Solve for X talk, Andras Forgacs laid out all the statistics, and explained how tantalizingly close we are to a more sustainable method of meat production. Basically, humanity may soon be 3D printing meat instead of growing it in an animal.

Forgacs starts by explaining just how costly a single quarter-pound beef patty is to produce. For that one serving, 6.7lbs of grains, 600 gallons of water, and 75 square feet of grazing land were used. Now multiply that by 1000 to find your (approximate) impact — the average American eats over 220lbs of meat each year. Additionally, at least 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to meat production. All this for one burger?

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If 3D printed meat could one day (hopefully soon) become an economically viable and tasty alternative to the real thing, humanity will have taken a massive leap forward. I hope for this day to come soon.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

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In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

I dunno how soon it will be... Right now they have only done a prototype strip of 2cmx1cmx1mm.. And it's really expensive to do this kind of printing right now.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

ITS PEOPLE!


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

No thanks.  I would rather not eat meat than eat 'printed' meat.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

OR ..... here's a thought: why not just stop eating meat altogether? :w00t:  Radical, huh?

I mean ....... honestly, what is all this b*!!*ck$ about?!! All the money and resources directed at this project ..... :hmm: *sigh*

Every time I think humanity can't sink any lower, something like this pops up.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 12 February 2013 - 05:12 PM, said:

OR ..... here's a thought: why not just stop eating meat altogether? :w00t:  Radical, huh?

I mean ....... honestly, what is all this b*!!*ck$ about?!! All the money and resources directed at this project ..... :hmm: *sigh*

Every time I think humanity can't sink any lower, something like this pops up.

Sink lower? This is the conplete opposite.

Computers also cost tens (and hundreds) of thousands in their infancy yet could you see a World without them?

Why is it worth spending all of this money researching this science? If not to save the lives of billions upon billions of animals, the reasons include: greenshouse gasses, arable land, water resources and landscape conservation. Eating meat is completely and utterly inefficient, considering what it takes to produce a tiny amount of the stuff (see the OP picture). It costs the world so much more than people realise. 2/3 of the world's arable land is used to feed animals alone.

Now I'm no veggie and I regularly eat 700 gram sirloin and rib eye steaks, but if there was a way to enjoy the meat without the devastating effect it has on the World, I'd take it up in a heartbeat.

View PostOverSword, on 12 February 2013 - 05:05 PM, said:

No thanks.  I would rather not eat meat than eat 'printed' meat.

Even if it tasted and felt no different than actual meat?


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:30 PM

Pretty sure it was a different thing, but on a tv program I saw something where they were growing meat. They actually tried some, said it was pretty tasteless and not all that meaty. However, it took a very long time for them to grow enough meat to make a tiny little burger shaped blob, not exactly viable yet.

But I would try it if it ever became available. Can't be any worse than unwittingly eating horsemeat, right?

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

Meh... I betcha the ink costs a fortune.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:12 AM

View PostRlyeh, on 12 February 2013 - 03:56 PM, said:

ITS PEOPLE!
SOYLENT BEEF IS HORSE!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:15 AM

I belief every thing has already been said before:

http://www.unexplain...1&hl=+lab +meat
http://www.unexplain...1&hl=+lab +meat
http://www.unexplain...t

Ppl will only change their minds when it becomes main stream...for the moment they have to go through their scared and superior phase where they go "im never gonna touch that, mimimi i'd rather have my animals slaughtered otherwise it won't quite taste the same."or
or "i dont trust food that hasn't been murdered"

Whatever...lets see better arguments in 10 years.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

I can't wait to try this kind of thing! Just hope it tastes good rare or blue...


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Remember in The Fly when Jeff Goldblum's character teleported a steak and it tasted synthetic?


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

If it tasted nice, I'd eat my own family. :P





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