What meat costs is heavily subsidized currently. Although most of the subsidies aren’t explicit, if the meat industry had to pay for the environmental effects of their waste runoff and deforestation, the climate effects of the methane released, and the cost of water/food shortages caused by cattle consumption, then meat (which I love btw) would cost 10-fold what it does.
If the meat industry didn’t get to externalize all of those costs, then many of the substitutes would be cheaper. (very much the same way that fossil fuel companies remain competitve through governments allowing them a free pass on their environmental costs)
As I’ve said repeatedly, I’ll be first in line to eat this stuff when it becomes available. Beyond/Impossible burgers / sausage are a good carryover till then, but as soon as I can buy engineered steaks and chops, I’m in!
Unfortunately, while seeing this process is awesome, it’s still clearly very very far away from being a viable product.
I got the fore mentioned burgers for the hibachi, it was grand slam. They were super cheap at the discount grocery store, or I’d have went conventional meat. Paired nicely with tater tots and a fine Jim Beam on the rocks. They do grill similar to meat meat, and with cheese I doubt anyone could tell the difference, especially after 3 whiskeys.
A very fast way is to spend the little extra money and time researching in buying animals and animal products you eat. If you are going to continue eating beef, pork and poultry and drinking milk and eating cheese then the beat way is spend more money in the ethical sector… but I guess it’s easier to grab a hamburger
Keep in mind all those stories about pink slime that went around were basically false. There’s honestly nothing particularly gross about fast food chicken (aside from how the birds are treated of course). The iconic image that went viral, in particular, is nonsense, but that’s all anyone remembers about the topic.
Individuals of means can certainly do that, and my family does do our best to eat meat from reasonably humane sources despite the extra cost, but there’s simply no way that it’s possible to fill the world’s current demand for meat at affordable prices without resorting to methods that result in unacceptable living conditions for the animals. It would be awesome for the animals and the planet if we could convince the majority of the human population to significantly cut back on their meat consumption, but unfortunately it’s probably more realistic to satisfy the demand with new technologies such as this.