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The future of meat production


Sam Roggeveen


7 February 2008 13:48

Yet another study finds that the battery farming of chickens causes great cruelty. Meat consumption is only going to grow as the world population rises and gets wealthier. Yet we are also becoming more aware of the environmental costs of intensive animal farming, and of the surprising social lives and cognitive abilities of even the most humble creatures. We may yet come to see battery farming as environmentally damaging and a great moral blind spot like slavery — commonplace at the time, yet unthinkable in retrospect. But although the world has made some strides in this regard, we probably won't make a giant leap until we can come up with tasty substitutes. Maybe lab-grown meat will solve both the moral and environmental problem.

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