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Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon

Climate change is spurring some really fascinating innovation…

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Meatballs: Cultured, of Course!

Memphis Meats has created the first cultured meatball. Now, you might be asking yourself, “what the heck is a cultured meatball?” We’ll get to that. But first, let’s find out why they exist in the first place. As you know by now, raising animals to feed us is a very costly process, both for the environment and for the animals. Given the issues we’re facing around climate change and the horrors of factory farming, cutting-edge companies like MM are bushwhacking their way into the Food Hall of Fame by creating the same great taste you’re used to, but without all the crummy stuff previously needed to deliver us the goodness of meatball subs.

Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon

MM makes the meatballs by taking “cultured” cells from an actual cow or pig and uses technology to recreate the same (cellularly-identical) beef and pork we’d get if we just raised and slaughtered the animals on a farm.

The possibility of growing meat in a lab has long captured the public imagination. Winston Churchill suggested in 1931: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

The company thinks it’s about a decade away from being able to produce these delicious treats on a global scale, so you’ll have to wait a bit until you can sink your teeth in to these bad boys. Until then, start sharpening your knives — it’s gonna be a tasty future!

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Michael is a Forbes contributor, writing about companies that focus on sustainability. He is also a partner and wealth management advisor for Alpenrose Wealth Management. He loves birdwatching and snowboarding, and can somehow remember everyone he’s met since childhood (in amazing detail!) He's a frequent guest lecturer and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, and Institutional Investor. He was selected for the Investment News 40 Under 40 top wealth advisors list and included in Forbes' inaugural listing of America's Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.

Reader Discussion: 143 Comments

  1. Betty Whitmer

    If I’m forced too, but as long as I still have the option, I’m going with natural. Even if it’s not as natural as those false advertising companies make it out to be.

  2. Geraldine Pettigrew

    Still not eating it. I would rather have actual meat, even if it has some GMO in it than pure artificial meat

  3. Joyce Shealy

    It’s not like we’re just killing animals for fun we need meat.

  4. Earline Wilham

    Man Meat is my favorite food, and if they take away our natural, delicious, succulent steaks, ribs, chops, and organ meats I will resort to cannibalism in the future.

  5. Chelsea Handley

    I can’t see people getting on board with lab-grown meat. Most people don’t look into or study things and just jump on the bandwagon of hating something that just sounds bad that they know nothing about as they do with GMOs and gluten. Most would be shocked to know that they have never eaten a natural fruit or veg (as they were 100 years ago give or take) in their life as this has been done for so long it has changed the food entirely. If we didn’t change our crops many would have died out. Ever wonder why banana flavoring tastes nothing like Bananas? They do. They taste like a breed of banana that was killed off by fungus more than 50 years ago. I am all for future food and GMOs! We need to protect our Bananas!!!

  6. Michelle Fisher

    What about human meat? You can solve food shortages and overpopulation at the same time.

    • Karen Hyde

      A big problem with that. Cannibalism is considered immoral in a lot of cultures, and it actually has been proven to provide several different diseases.

  7. Karen Smith

    It all sounds ok, but I hope they will be cheaper, and that we don’t just get many new diseases from any of them.

  8. Jewel Byars

    Everybody can be fed now and in the future without resorting to strange foods if wastage is avoided (it is estimated that between 30 to 50% of all food output is lost to wastage due to various reasons).

  9. Juthi

    Until we get a pizza roll bush science can fuck right off.

  10. Deborah Maynard

    And this is why I voted for Trump. Because I knew that he would get us all killed before I had to eat any of this garbage. An

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