Culturing an appetite; advances in 3D bioprinting
we are looking at the technologies
that is taking us beyond animal agriculture.
As a walk around any supermarket in the UK will attest,
the number of plant-based alternatives
to meat and dairy products is growing almost daily.
No longer confined to the specialist shops of 20 years ago,
plant-based alternatives have spread and fully colonized the mainstream,
driven by an increased awareness
of the ethical and environmental ramifications of animal agriculture.
However, for many consumers, these products
are not yet convincing enough for them to make the switch
away from slaughter-derived products.
If closer facsimiles were possible,
with lower environmental impacts
and without the need to kill,
consumer uptake could increase further.