- - Sunday, March 11, 2018

Regardless of what one thinks of the sci-fi thought experiment of cruelty-free cannibalism, there really shouldn’t be any debate over the benefits of growing real animal meat without animals (“‘Soylent’ Dawkins? Atheist mulls ‘taboo against cannibalism’ ending as lab-grown meat improves,” Web, March 6).

Numerous start-ups are now producing “clean meat,” or meat grown from animal cells rather than animal slaughter. This isn’t an alternative to meat; it’s real meat just like what we eat today, except it’s much safer, less resource-intensive to produce and much more humane to animals.

In many ways, such a clean-meat industry is a promising free-market solution to many of the problems humanity faces today, including the question of just how we’re going to feed the coming billions of people who will be on our planet by 2050.

PAUL SHAPIRO

Author, “Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World”



Silver Spring

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