No Animals Were Killed In The Making Of This Meatball: Here's How

Not soy or plant-based, this meat is real.

Cardiologist Uma Valeti has created a model of sustainable meat sourcing that doesn't require grazing land, has nothing to do with factory farming, and, in fact, doesn't harm any animals. That's because Dr. Valeti has adapted medical technology to grow actual meat in a laboratory setting from cells. 

He has so much faith in "cultured meat" as the future of food that he started his own company, Memphis Meats, to lead the way into the 21st century and beyond. 


Sustainability and ecological concerns have long cast a shadow over the ethics of large-scale meat production.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes around 185 pounds of meat and poultry and 630 pounds of dairy products every year. The carbon and ecological footprint created by the meat industry is not unsubstantial: methane emissions, water consumption, and agricultural chemicals all play a role in altering the planet's atmosphere and resources. 

In addition to these larger ecological concerns, the Center for Disease Control has noted that antibiotic use in farm animals has contributed to the rise of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria: the so-called "superbugs" that are untreatable by any means of modern medicine.

Valeti's model doesn't require any of that.

One of the benefits of scientific research is that innovations often have further-reaching applications than they were originally intended for. In Valeti's case, he came to the idea while watching stem cells injected into a patient develop into heart muscles. In a video (below) produced by, he says "it was really during one of those procedures I realized that, wow, 'what if we can really grow food?' or grow meat basically from cells?"

And that's exactly what he started doing with the help of scientist Eric Schulze, stem cell biologist Nicholas Genovese, and biomedical engineer Will Clem when he founded Memphis Meats.

So far, they've succeeded in growing small quantities of pork, beef, and chicken and plan to take their products to market within the next five years.

"This is absolutely the future of meat," Valeti said in a press release last year. "We plan to do to animal agriculture what the car did to the horse and buggy. Cultured meat will completely replace the status quo and make raising animals to eat them simply unthinkable."

Take a look at the video below and you tell us if you'd eat this meat.


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