Rod Oram: Food’s new horizon

Scientists are devising new ways to create food. Kiwis, along with everyone else on the planet, have to make big decisions about which technologies to embrace, and which to reject. The choices are only getting harder, and more frequent as science accelerates at an exponential rate. The day is rapidly approaching, for example, when people will either choose to keep consuming milk, meat and eggs from farmed animals, or switch to such foods grown from cells in factories. While cellular agriculture will be abhorrent to some, others will welcome it for its vastly reduced environmental impact, on animal rights grounds, or for economic reasons.  Rod Oram says no country is coping well with the immense challenges of exponential technology change. Commercial products from cellular agriculture are imminent, starting with meat.…


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