Doug Vining Heroic farming to the rescue

This blog suggests that agriculture could be the solution to environmental problems and food shortages. Will farming triumph, or will the scenario proposed in this MindBullet materialise?
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Posted: 21 April 2011 at 13:23

Doug Vining Test tube burger for lunch

How about a synthetic real meat burger for lunch? Someone is going to eat one today, at the London unveiling of the first lab-grown meat patty. This must be the world's most expensive burger at GBP 215 million.

Whether it's really necessary to develop fake food to provide for everyone's needs remains to be seen. I think this quote from the attached article is a key indicator:
"The latest United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report on the future of agriculture indicates that most of the predicted growth in demand for meat from China and Brazil has already happened and many Indians are wedded to their largely vegetarian diets for cultural and culinary reasons."

When you consider that US yields of grains like maize are still double the global average, and China's has increased substantially over the past decade, but still has a long way to go, the likelihood that we will need expensive lab-grown meat to feed the starving millions is low; even more so if you believe that global population will top out at 8 billion before 2050.

Add to that the fact that Africa has the most undeveloped, usable agricultural land available, and the problems of hunger seem to be far removed from producing test tube ...
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Posted: 5 August 2013 at 12:10

Doug Vining Fake food gets real

Of course we can make synthetic food, and increasingly we can make synthetic food that tastes like the real thing. But is it affordable, and when it becomes cheap enough, should we do it on a mass scale?

There's a big debate brewing over the future of lab meat; an interesting aspect though, is that it's pretty natural - real organic cells that are cultured with nutrients. What's your stand on eating real meat, without having to kill any animals?
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Posted: 22 March 2016 at 14:30

Doug Vining Fake meat is not impossible

"For two years, Impossible Foods founder and CEO Patrick Brown managed to keep a pretty good secret.
While food industry analysts guessed at when innovative meat-alternative companies would be able to scale their production, Brown and his team quietly continued tinkering away at the taste of their faux-beef product—made of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme, an iron-containing compound found in plants and meat.
But Brown has now decided to pull the trigger. In an announcement today, the Bay Area company said it was close to finishing a large-scale production facility in Oakland, California that can produce as much as 1 million lb (454,000 kg) of meatless meat a month. Assuming a patty that’s the same weight as what’s in erstwhile rival McDonald’s famous flagship bun… well, that’s a lot of burgers."
https://qz.com/939320/a-startup-says-it-can-now-produce-enough-for-4-million-meatless-burgers-a-month
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Posted: 24 March 2017 at 08:30

Doug Vining Fake food from solar power

Yes, creating edible protein from electricity just became a reality. Although this was done in the lab, it could be scaled up to produce food for livestock or say, refugees from a shipping container sized 'factory'.
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Posted: 25 July 2017 at 11:13

Doug Vining Fake food from solar power

And look at the dateline on the attached MindBullet. Our scenario was spot on!
Posted: 25 July 2017 at 11:14
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