On August 5, 2013, a prototype sample of cultured, or in vitro, meat was tasted at a well-publicized event in London . This hamburger was not grown in an animal, but rather from bovine stem cells in Dr. Mark Post?s laboratory at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. The event may foreshadow a day when traditional livestock production has given way to large-scale growth of meat in factories, or carneries. Dr. Post has suggested that commercialization of cultured meat could be ten to twenty years away . The implications are profound. By some accounts the technology could reduce the environmental impacts of meat production , promote human health by eliminating harmful contents such as saturated fats and pathogens , address global hunger issues , and alleviate the ethical concerns associated with industrial livestock operations . However, technologies powerful enough to address such significant challenges often come with unforseen consequences and a host of costs and benefits that seldom accrue to the same actors. In extreme cases, they can even be destabilizing to social, institutional, economic, and cultural systems .
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