Will In Vitro Meat Ever Be In Vogue? - Page 2
Yes - for the very fact that it's all about economy. Don't let the initial asking price fool you; that six-figure is a result of the fact that there is no autonomous or otherwise mechanized process currently in existence that can do the job for us. Such a device will be as practical to build in ten years as the assembly line was more than a century ago. Once this occurs, the price of lab-grown meat will drop drastically.
Meanwhile, the booming human population, resulting demand for real estate, and shrinking of natural resources including water will cause the cost of livestock to skyrocket. Not to mention, the cost benefit for efforts such as Huntingdon Life Sciences and other currently in vivo research centers to make the switch to lab-grown samples for the majority of their studies will certainly fuel the innovation process even further.
Indeed, it will take years before a fully replicated steak is possible. And when such a creation hits the market, yes, there will still be real steak to choose instead. Which will people prefer? It's impossible to know for sure, but one thing is for certain: for the same price, one will feed one person, and the other will feed a family.