You Think You Know What Meat Is… But You Have No Idea

Eating meat has been part of the human identity for 2.5 million years, but according to science, what exactly is meat?

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What Gives Meat Its Color?
“Red, or dark meat is made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow-twitch. These muscles are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing or walking, and need a consistent energy source. The protein myoglobin stores oxygen in muscle cells, which use oxygen to extract the energy needed for constant activity.”

Will Meatless Meat Be The Future Of Food?
“Books, TV and film have given us many concepts of futuristic food over the years. Perhaps a pill that makes you full without having to eat anything else, or various liquid concoctions full of essential vitamins and minerals. In reality, the near future of food, particularly meat, actually looks, smells and even tastes quite a lot like the meat we eat today, but for one major difference: it’s grown inside a lab.”

Organic Farming Could Feed the World, but Only If People Consume Less Meat
“Arguments have rung hollow among those who question whether farmers can grow enough organic food to feed the world’s growing population without the help of science. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, however, scientists conclude that organic agriculture could feed everybody on the planet if people wasted less food and ate less meat.”

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