Alannah Borovansky

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Would you eat meat from an animal that's still alive?

Clean meat is going to be bigger than sliced bread.

You may already know that the world's appetite for meat is out of control with billions of animals killed annually for food. The demand is rising year on year making current farming methods unsustainable.

In fact, former Britsh Prime Minister Winston Churchill predicted in 1931 that humans would one day:

"Escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium"

87 years later and it has become a reality.  Just, a company based in San Francisco, are now able to grow chicken meat using cells from a chicken that hasn't been slaughtered. The chicken was apparently still alive and roaming around on a farm nearby.

But this new meat shouldn't be confused with vegetarian meat-free products that are increasing in popularity.  This stuff is the real deal grown from animal cells and is described as synthetic, lab-grown, or 'clean' meat.

The company's boss Josh Tetrick said:

"We make things like eggs or ice cream or butter out of plants and we make meat just out of meat. You just don't need to kill the animal."

A chicken nugget takes about two days to make in a bioreactor, without the need for antibiotics or any genetic modifications. They just feed the cells a protein and some extra indegredients to give the product its stucture.

It apparently tastes exactly like what you'd expect from a chicken nugget, seeing as it is made from a chicken. Sadly you can't buy it in shops yet but Just says it'll be available in restaurants by the end of the year.

So we can now literally grow any meat, poultry or seafood directly from animal cells. Surely this is going be bigger than sliced bread?!