The future of meat may depend on spinach.
At Boston College, Professor Glenn Gaudette is removing the leafy parts of spinach and using the veins as a platform to grow animal protein (click here to learn more about the process).
Are you skittish about cultivated meat? This project is not much different from Dr. Gaudette’s previous work which used decellularized spinach to grow human heart tissue.
Growing heart muscle to be used in life-saving surgeries was a medical breakthrough. This latest breakthrough may save the life of our planet if you consider these facts:
- It takes 48 times more water to raise beef than to raise vegetables.
- 80% of agricultural land use is dedicated to livestock.
- Meat production is heavily subsidized in many countries, meaning governments keep the cost of meat low.
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