On August 5th of this year, Mark Post, a scientist at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands put on a demonstration in London. As an alternative to raising cattle, he has come up with a way of culturing minced beef in a lab. He used beef stem cells to develop strands of muscle in a lab. The meat was subsequently pan fried before a curious media. The participants said that the texture resembled that of real beef but lacked flavor as there was no fat.
You may read an article about this and see an accompanying video at: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-05/national/41081437_1_stem-cells-lab-grown-meat-burger
If these scientists can perfect their product, we could see the decline of the ranching industry and the rise of vat grown meat plants.
This raises an interesting moral question. Would it be better for non-vegans to eat vat grown meat instead of raising cattle to slaughter?
What do you think?
As a matter of curiosity, did you know that PETA has challenged scientists to create vat grown chicken? They're offering $1 million to the first team that can produce commercially viable in vitro (test tube) produced chicken meat.
For more about that article, read here: http://www.peta.org/features/In-Vitro-Meat-Contest.aspx