Future of Food: Meat raised in a lab

May 19, 2017

In the future, meat might be a thing of the past.

Picture beef without cows, pork without pigs, or chicken without, well, chickens.

Universities and startups are investing in ways to grow meat in laboratories, a growing field known as cellular agriculture.

Scientists at Maastricht University in The Netherlands have created cultured beef by painlessly harvesting muscle cells from living cows. The cells are fed and nurtured so they multiply and create muscle tissue, the main component in the meat we eat.

New York City-based New Harvest, a non-profit institute, has funded research in cultured beef, chicken, turkey, pork and