Climate change is humankind’s greatest challenge and is having an impact on every continent, affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems and water supplies.
More and more people are trying to help combat climate change by driving more fuel-efficient cars and using energy-saving light bulbs, but although they are helping, more needs to be done and the biggest step we can take is to stop eating meat.
As a vegetarian of course i would say that so if you don't want to take it from me, the U.N. believes that a global shift toward plant-based food is vital and a report by the Worldwatch Institute shows that 51% greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.
An Oxford University study shows that meat-eaters are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians so stop being evil and killing us with your meat eating ways but i can't live on plants i hear you whine but you don't have to i reply while patting you on the head condescendingly, because now we can grow our meat!!
First attempted in 2002, companies are now racing to be the first to take meat grown outside of animals, in-vitro meat, to market and the process has moved on in massive leaps since the likes of Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Elon Musk joined the party.
As their population expands, the Chinese have also invested £300 million in meat-free meat research so as well as saving us all from frying to death, in-vitro food is considered part of a strategy to feed a growing world population.
The first products are pencilled in to start appearing on the market in 2020 but the problem is getting meat eaters to give up the meat, especially when BSE, the horse meat scandal and various other livestock scandals have not made them switch.
Ultimately it's going to come down to cost and if these companies can get the cost of their in-vitro products below the cost of farming the real, Earth destroying, thing.