There is a long and growing list of evidence. It tells us that the production of meat is one of the worst offenders for climate change. The livestock industry accounts for almost 15% of our annual global greenhouse gas emissions, as well as causing tropical deforestation and zoonotic disease spread. While plant-based meat companies offer a less harmful alternative, the majority of the public continues to eat regular meat as they prefer the taste and convenience.
However, companies like Mosa Meats and GOOD Meats are offering a potentially world-changing alternative – cultivated meats. These meats, grown in a lab from a half-gram muscle biopsy, are real meat, identical to that of conventional meat. They could potentially feed the entire world and drastically cut our carbon footprint. While these companies are working on perfecting their products, scaling them to size to meet demand, and getting regulatory approvals, they’re attracting major attention from investors and media alike. Could these companies replace the need for meat and fight climate change? Read on the course Holy Cow: Could Cultivated Meat Aid Our Climate Change Issue to find out.
Reflection Question: Would you consider switching to cultivated meat to reduce your carbon footprint? Why or why not?
Meaningful Action: Try one plant-based meal this week and discuss its environmental benefits with friends.