Amazing Foods of the Future We’ll All Be Eating Soon
Climate change is spurring some really fascinating innovation…
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.
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!