I do like my food. No prizes for guessing one of my perpetual favourites, but the fact is we’re living in a world of dwindling resources. As the population continues to explode, we’re going to have to find some more creative ways to feed everyone.
As any vegetarian will happily tell you (Although I can’t quite find some interesting stats I saw a little while ago), meat is one of the most uneconomical uses of land and resources for producing food. Also, cows fart more than turnips. Presumably in the future much red meat will become increasingly expensive and only enjoyed by the super-rich. So for the rest of us plebs, what does the future hold?
Whilst some potential alternatives to cattle are clearly more trouble than they’re worth, there is always the growing trend of Entomophagy - the eating of insects. My random web trawling tells me that this practise is already undertaken in 80% of countries, so maybe we’re the odd ones out by lagging behind.
One of the plusses to insect farming is that it requires us to preserve forests rather than clear them, but sorry Al, apparently locusts are one of the best of all.
But if that isn’t particularly attractive to your palate, how about test tube meat? Whilst a little expensive (At around $290,000 a serve currently) once they get it right, presumably the price will drop slightly to be closer to what we currently get gouged in the supermarket.
Given our finite resources (or resources that will in future go to the highest bidder) how would you be prepared to alter your eating habits? Increase the leg count, grow it in a vat or switch out to the good old spud?