Monthly Archives: February 2012

TEST TUBE BURGER FROM CELL STEMS

Worldwide meat consumption is projected to double in the coming 40 years (source WHO).  Current stem cell technology and skeletal muscle cell biology present opportunities to grow meat in a laboratory “ex vivo” environment with a higher efficiency of converting basic nutrients into edible animal proteins. Already, we are capable of growing pieces of tissue that consist primarily of skeletal muscle from porcine stem cells, derived from muscle biopsies. Continue reading

FAO: FOOD OUTLOOK II

Slow growth in Asia, which hosts approximately  65 percent of the global pig population, is constraining global pig meat production to 110 million tonnes, only 1 percent higher than in 2010. Disease outbreaks in late 2010, decimated pig herds in both China and the Republic of Korea, with the resulting shortages pushing up national pig prices in both countries by 60 percent over the past 12 months. In China, production is estimated around 52 million tonnes, 2 percent more than in 2010, but the smallest expansion since 2007. Continue reading