Can “in vitro” meat contribute to FAO’s mission in the future?

The BBC recently published an article entitled "Grow your own meat", that discusses the use of stem cells from farm animals to grow meat for human consumption.  Much of the article focuses on the benefits to the environment and eliminating the cruel treatment of animals raised for food.  If this "growing" of meat becomes a viable and inexpensive way of providing food, it could contribute greatly to the growing desire for meat as the world's population continues to grow.  The technique could be used on cows, pigs, chickens, fish, and presumably on any indigenous animal eaten around the world.

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