Food insecurity is a rampant and global issue that has been unresolved for a long time. However, there have been great strides in reducing such insecurity. Keep reading to learn how lab-grown food is changing the availability of food all around the world for the better.
Focusing on the Cells
There are places like Aleph Farms that are growing food straight from an animal's cells so there is no need for massive livestock farms. The cells are harvested from a few animals in a humane way so food can be grown without guilt and on the large scale that the world needs. Protein is one of the essentials for a balanced diet, and this process is well on its way to taking care of any meat shortages.
Giving More Life To Current Food
Food waste contributes a lot to food insecurity, and most of it comes from spoiled produce. To give produce a longer life, the food is not just grown in the lab as is, but is also genetically modified so when the food hits the market shelves, it is able to stay there longer and people have more of a chance to buy it. Food is no good if it spoils before it can be consumed, and labs are making greater and greater strides all the time so the food can last even longer.
Making Food More Affordable
Growing food in a lab is a very cost-effective measure, which then drives the price of food down. Some families cannot afford traditionally grown food just because of how much time, energy and money needs to be put into it. With food grown in a lab, the food is just as good for a fraction of the price. With how food prices are constantly inflating, people need to search for the best deals possible, and offering lab-grown food on a regular basis is one way that markets can help achieve that.
Avoiding Damage From Blight and Pests
Pests and disease are two of the most common crop devastators, and everyone suffers as a result of the loss. Labs avoid such issues because they are able to control the growing conditions. For instance, you will not find pests inside, nor will you be likely to find any diseases if the plants are all being grown in a room and constantly monitored. Growing food in such a manner means that there is more food being produced and the risk of losing it to sickness or pests wanting to eat everything in sight is reduced to almost zero.
The battle against food insecurity is an ongoing one, and it will be a while before it is completely resolved. However, it is well on its way, as there are so many things being developed for the cause. Keep this article in mind as you watch everything unfold, and try to think about what you can do to contribute to the fight against food security. We are all in this together, both inside and outside the labs.