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Great book about the future of food and heroes in lab coats trying to save the environment, rain forests, and billions of lives.
Would you eat meat that is cleaner, healthier and better for our planet? It may even taste better. The only catch - it doesn't come from an animal. Would you drink milk that doesn't require cows to produce? Eggs that require no hens? Can I interest you in some Foie gras, perhaps? No geese involved.
According to Mr. Shapiro, we will soon be able to "eat meat, not animals."
The author describes the history of the idea (cultured meats) and different manifestations of the technology. The author did a good job describing various companies that are tackling the problems of industrial agriculture, their motivations, how they got their start, their idea and the obstacles they are trying to address (e.g. Clara Foods, Perfect Day, New Harvest, Memphis Meats). The author also mentioned some of the critics and they're hesitations.
I was most surprised by how long some people have been working on this idea (10-15 years). It was also interesting to hear about plant based alternatives and how far that technology has already come, and I think that really grounded the book a little bit. The author honestly acknowledged that some people think this technology will never be economically feasible.
If you're looking for an overview of the topic, I think this book does a great job.