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Scientists Are Literally Spinning Up Lab-Grown Meat Like Cotton Candy

MATT SIMON: 'Harvard researchers have taken inspiration from a cotton candy machine to develop a kind of meat scaffold made of thin strands of gelatin that mimic muscle fibers, on which animals cells grow. It’s a step toward steaks, chicken breasts, and pulled pork grown in a factory instead of a field—but before you get too hungry, understand that it’ll be quite some time before slabs of lab-grown meat land on your plate... A cotton candy machine... works by heating sugar in a container and spinning it at high speed, flinging the sugar out and crystalizing it into strands, which form into…

Why do people hate vegans? They can’t stand the truth.

GEORGE REYNOLDS: 'Once a niche interest group parodied in TV shows such as The Simpsons (in which a character describes himself as a “level five vegan” who refuses to eat anything that casts a shadow), in the past two years, vegans have been thrust into the limelight. A philosophy rooted in non-aggression has found itself at the heart of some of the most virulent arguments on social media. In November 2018, Good Morning Britain hosted a debate titled “Do people hate vegans?”; the political website Vox tackled the question in even more direct fashion a week later, asking: “Why do people hate…

Israel steps closer to winning the race to serve cultured meat

CHASE PURDY: 'In the edible space race to bring cell-cultured meat to market, Israel just stepped up its game. Israeli startup Future Meat Technologies this month announced its plan to build the world’s first pilot production facility for growing cultured meat, a signal of just how close scientists and entrepreneurs are to getting a product into consumers’ hands. Yaakov Nahmias, founder of the company, says it plans to break ground on the facility in coming months, making history just south of Tel Aviv, in a relatively small Israeli city called Rehovot. In 2014, Nahmias won the Rappaport…

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: Going vegan in your seventies could ward off disease

ALEXANDRA THOMPSON: 'People in their seventies may benefit from going vegan, an expert has said. Professor John Mathers from Newcastle University claims swapping meat and dairy for a plant-based diet helps “feed” the “good bacteria” in our gut. These bugs typically decline with age as the gut barrier becomes “leakier”, allowing substances from the digestive tract to enter the bloodstream. This may trigger inflammation, which has been linked to everything from dementia and heart disease to cancer. Speaking at the House of Lords, the professor of nutrition said: “A plant-based diet may be…

CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Scientists urge people to eat less meat. A ‘meat tax’ will do it.

SABRINA BARR: 'Scientists are imploring members of the public to eat less meat as they warn that the world is facing a climate emergency. In a paper published today in journal BioScience, a global team of scientists have declared a climate emergency, detailing six areas of action they say must be addressed that can help slow down the impact of climate change. The paper, which features more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, was authored by scientists from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, the University of Cape Town and Tufts University. The team of…

Veganism in Football: Performance Game-Changer or Social Media-Fueled Fad?

TOM WILLIAMS: 'Veganism is on the rise in top-level football. Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Roma loanee Chris Smalling are among the players to have adopted fully vegan diets in recent years, while England internationals Fabian Delph, Jack Wilshere and Jermain Defoe have spoken about the benefits of eliminating red meat and dairy from their meals. No less a figure than Lionel Messi has also cut down on meat consumption, along with his Argentina colleague Sergio Aguero. The trend has become so pronounced that a forthcoming set of UEFA guidelines on nutrition will include a section dedicated…

Revolutionary vegan meat company launches products in Australia eerily similar to real meat in terms of taste and texture

LAUREN FERRI: 'A revolutionary vegan meat company has launched its products in Australia, including a plant-based hot dog and a burger than bleeds. Moving Mountains will now be sold exclusively though Woolworths stores around Australia and will also be a feature at Henry's Burgers in Melbourne. Competition in the plant-based meat sector is expected to increase, with Australia's east coast rivaling top markets for vegetarian products in London and California... The UK-based company was founded in 2016 by Simeon Van der Molen... In just two years the business has quickly grown into a $180…

As vegans celebrate World Vegan Day, study says greener diet saves water resources

DAVID NOBLE: 'Vegans and vegetarians are helping to conserve the planet’s valuable freshwater resources says a study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, reports Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technology and solutions. With the United Nations reporting that 2 billion people live in areas suffering severe water stress, the EU study – published in Nature Sustainability – says that compared to existing diets, the water required to produce our food could be reduced by up to 55 percent by sticking to healthy vegetarian diets. “In an age when fresh water is…

RESEARCH: Growing Meat in a Lab Using Scaffolding Made with Gelatin Shown to Work

KNVUL SHEIKH: 'The alt-meat industry has created quite a sizzle, promising delicious burgers, steaks and even sushi that is grown from animal cells in the lab. But most cellular agriculture still looks like mush. The manufacturing process — which starts with animal muscle and fat grown from stem cells in petri dishes — is fine for making burgers, but it fails to provide the kind of texture needed for more substantial cuts of meat, like steaks. Scientists at Harvard University reported that they had found a way to more closely mimic the form and flavor of real meat, by growing the muscle…

STUDY: The Environmental Impact of Leather

OWEN ROGERS: 'Leather is often framed as a byproduct of meat and dairy, but considering the scale of the industry and ubiquity of leather in clothing worldwide, it’s easy to see why it should be considered as an industry in and of itself. We know that raising cows for food can be incredibly damaging to the environment, and when we look more closely at leather production, we can see that those environmental impacts don’t end with cows’ deaths. This study was primarily focused on the impact of three post-tanning processes: retanning, fatliquoring, and dyeing... To examine the environmental…