Mock meat

The Globe considers meat grown in lab.

Part of a government-funded group called the In Vitro Meat Consortium, the Dutch scientists are attempting to produce meat while doing away with the farm altogether – a bold departure from the general run of research into ways to stem the harmful atmospheric emissions caused by industrial livestock farming.

Their scientific shortcut, which involves conjuring pork from a cocktail of pig blood, semen, muscle cells and embryos taken from live pigs and incubated in a laboratory, may sound alien. But if applied on a mass scale, their work could in the future negate the need for land-hogging farm operations, make a dent in the progress of climate change and head off the food shortages that are expected to accompany the global population boom.

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