Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Facebook’s first investor, is investing $350,000 in a Modern Meadow, a company with the environmentally friendly goal of creating bio-printed meat, based on regenerative medicine and 3D printing.
The upside to such technology is that it would give human beings all the proteins we need without the environmental devastation of vast livestock farms. Animal rights activists could also be on board since in the future the pens and butchery might be eliminated.
A summary of their work was sent to United States Department of Agriculture, which reads:
Present farm and industrial meat production methods and technologies have a number of associated problems including health risks (infectious animal diseases, nutrition-related diseases), resource intensity (land, water, energy), damage to environment (green house gas emission, erosion, biodiversity loss) and ethical challenges (animal welfare). With increasing worldwide demand for meat, it is expected that some of these problems will become critical. The objective of this proposal is to develop a fundamentally new approach to edible meat production. The approach is based on bio-printing, a novel tissue engineering technology. In this technology, conveniently prepared multicellular aggregates (the bio-ink particles) are delivered into a biocompatible support structure according to a design template (compatible with the shape of the desired biological construct) by a computer-controlled delivery device (the bio-printer)…
Want a pork chop? Print it. A filet mignon? Print it, baby. Some chicken fingers? Print it! Human flesh for the cannibal palette? Print it, bitches! Bacon for the hipster. Dig it.