Abstract

The environmental implications of cultured meat are profound. An anticipatory life cycle assessment of cultured meat published in 2011 suggested it could have a smaller impact than agricultural meat in all categories except energy consumption. As with most technologies, cultured meat will almost certainly be accompanied by unintended consequences as well as unforeseen costs and benefits that accrue disproportionately to different stakeholders. Uncertainty associated with new engineered products cannot be completely eliminated prior to introduction, but ongoing environmental assessments of the technologies as they advance can serve to reduce unforeseen risks. Given the pace at which tissue engineering is advancing, systemic assessments of the technology will be pivotal in mitigating unintended environmental consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Integrative Agriculture
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

Keywords

  • Anticipatory life cycle assessment
  • Cultured meat
  • Factory-grown food
  • In vitro meat
  • Systemic environmental implications of emerging technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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