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Lab-Grown Meat of the Future Is Not Far from Hitting Major Supermarkets

Are you open to trying alternative meats?

Bruce Friedrich, the executive director of DC-based nonprofit The Good Food Institute (GFI), has his eyes set on making more people consume lab-grown meat. The American organization not only has plans to make lab-grown plant-based and cell-cultured meat commercially available in the US. They’re looking to go global, too.

GFI was founded only a year ago, but it has grown rapidly and has been active in promoting lab-grown meat, also called cultured meat, alternative meat, and ‘clean meat.’ Meat alternative companies are said to be more sustainable and environment friendly, and they are receiving nods, or at least increased curiosity, from today’s health-conscious consumers.

Cultured meat is grown in cell culture, not inside animals.

Source: Reuters

Cultured meat is grown in cell culture instead of inside animals. Basically, this way of making meat is called cellular agriculture. The cultured meat is produced utilizing many of the same tissue engineering techniques employed in regenerative medicine. In August 2013, the first ever cultured beef burger patty created by Dr. Mark Post at Maastricht University was eaten at a press demonstration in London.

Cultured meat is said to be more environment-friendly.

Source: ITV News

According to Post, as reported by ITV conventional farming of cows and other animals for meat is inefficient and problematic for the environment. Animals would need vast amounts of land to grow up in, and they also emit greenhouse gases as they digest their food. He added that with the growing demand for meat, traditional meat companies might not be able to keep up.

Cultured meat is not commercially available yet.

Source: ITV News

This is why many startups and organizations are pushing for the commercialization of cultured meat. GFI, in particular, is looking to expand its operations to other countries. They are currently working on getting more plant-based meat into Brazil’s marketplaces, and they believe it can happen. Friedrich told Quartz:

“They’re selling canned, plant-based meat that reminds me of the plant-based meat I was eating in the 1980s, and it’s the equivalent of $6 a can.”


GFI is also looking to work with the Chinese government. According to Friedrich:

“Ideally we will find people in the Chinese government, or positions of power in the Chinese entrepreneurship community, that light a spark that lights a flame that starts a fire. The Chinese government has the capacity to devote billions of dollars to this work.”

Many groups are working to make cultured meat available in supermarkets as an alternative for consumers.

Source: ITV News

Currently, cultured meat is available on a very limited basis in the United States. But with efforts to make it more accessible to the general public, culture meat is said to be not far from reaching your neighborhood supermarket.

So, what do you think of lab-grown meat? Are you open to trying it? Let us know in the comments section.

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Russia’s ‘Father of All Bombs’ Is Reportedly 4X Bigger Than US ‘Mother of All Bombs‘

Not to be outdone, Russia has a bigger, more destructive weapon at their disposal.

We’ve recently heard that shocking news that, for the first time ever, the United States decided to use the biggest bomb in their arsenal called the Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) or otherwise known as the “Mother of All Bombs”. The country used the 21,600-pound weapon against Islamic State forces in Afghanistan.

American officials were quick to point out that it was a nonnuclear bomb (“not even close to being a nuclear weapon,” said US Air Force official Dr. Adam Lowther) and that it is in no way a “symbol of escalation” regarding the conflict in Afghanistan.

Not to be outdone, Russia’s ‘Father of All Bombs’ (FOAB) is way bigger and more powerful than the MOAB.

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Shortly after news broke about the “Mother of All Bombs,” reports are also surfacing that Russia has a bigger, more powerful – and certainly more destructive – bomb at their disposal called the Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power, a.k.a. the “Father of All Bombs” (FOAB). ...

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1,100-Year-Old Mummy With “Adidas Sneakers” Has Just Been Restored

This has got to be the most fashionable mummy ever!

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In April 2016, a seemingly trendy mummy that looked like it was wearing Adidas trainers was discovered by archaeologists and herders in Mongolia. And, just recently, researchers have been able to restore the mummy, including its fancy garments and footwear.

Though her shoes bear an uncanny resemblance to Adidas sneakers, it wasn't what it appeared to be. What the mummy was wearing was a pair of knee-high felt boots intricately decorated with a black-and-red striped pattern. The footwear also boasts leather soles and fancy buckles.

The infamous "Adidas trainers" found worn by a mummy.

What was previously thought as a pair of sneakers was actually a pair of boots.

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This Edible Water Balloon May Signal the End of Plastic Bottles

This can help reduce plastic pollution.

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Since 1907, when plastic was first invented, plastic waste has been continuously accumulating on the planet's landfills and other waste disposal sites. Now more than a century after its invention, the world stands vis-a-vis with one of the biggest problems that man has ever created - plastic waste pollution.

Among the most common plastic waste produced are plastic bottles and cups, and it would take approximately 450 years, or maybe even more, to decompose. So, to help reduce plastic waste, a company decided to create an edible water balloon that aims to replace plastic bottles and cups.

Say hello to "Ooho!" - an innovation that will revolutionize the way we drink water. It looks like a wobbly globe of fluid that resembles that of a breast implant. It is made of two layers of gelatinous membrane that consist of sodium alginate, obtained from brown algae, and calcium chloride. Meanwhile, the jelly-like consistency is achieved through a process called gelification - a cooking technique that involves adding an edible gelling agent to liquids.

With Ooho, the need for plastic bottles is completely eliminated.

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