PayPal Founder Backs Synthetic Meat Printing Company
The Thiel Foundation has made a six-figure grant to a series of biotechnology startups, including a company that wants to 3-D-print meat.
Modern Meadow is a Missouri-based startup that believes 3-D printing could help to take some of the environmental cost out of producing a hamburger. He said: “If you look at the resource intensity of everything that goes into a hamburger, it is an environmental train wreck.”
The company claims that by carefully layering mixtures of cells of different types in a specific structure, in-vitro meat production becomes feasible. It’s set a short-term goal of printing a sliver of meat around two centimeters by one centimeter, and less than half a millimeter thick, which is edible.
I don’t eat meat, and if I did I probably still wouldn’t eat something like this. However, this is such a great thing for all the sustainability, health, ethical, and environmental issues related to raising and eating meat products. There would be no shipping costs, no fossile fuels, no animal feed, no wasting of excess animal parts, no pollution created by animals, and so much more.