The In Vitro Meat Cookbook

(A cocktail made of in vitro meat. Image by Next Nature Network)

Nowadays there are SO many speculations and discussions about the meat industry and what this industry can offer us in the (nearby) future. Will we have enough meat to feed all the inhabitants of planet earth in 2050? Is  this meat industry adding something to our meat to keep the society more healthy? How long will it take before we will accept eating 'fake meat' which is being grown in a lab?

The possibility of society accepting in vitro meat (meat which is actually produced in a lab, by using cells) is growing on the positive side. But most people are still very sceptic about this subject, finding it an unattractive idea. But still, once executed right, the possibilites of in vitro meat could be endless. Therefore, we need to explore the food culture it will bring us. And that's possible now, with The In Vitro Meat Cookbook, created by Next Nature Network.

(The In Vitro Meat Cookbook. Image by Next Nature Network)

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook show us all the possible ways in which in vitro meat could be used. For example, you could make a cocktail out of it using a sample recipe, or use the meat to knit a new creation. Ofcourse all of these examples are prorotypes or just concepts, but it gives us a realistic, slightly satirical view of the (maybe) upcoming in vitro era.

"Using the format of the cookbook as a storytelling medium, the In Vitro Meat Cookbook is a visually stunning exploration of the new “food cultures” lab-grown meat might create. This book approaches lab-grown meat not just from a design and engineering perspective, but also from a societal and ethical one."

(A Dinosaur-leg. Image by Next Nature Network)
Using both funny and speculative recipes, the creaters of the book want to show people in vitro meat isn't that scary. More serious subjects like animal suffering, food shortage and sustainability are being discussed in the book as well. People have to see in vitro meat as an opportunity, not as a direct subsitute for 'real' meat (although most meat nowadays isn't that real, but I'll put that topic aside for now). I think it's a great way of showing the other, more positive, side of new kind of food products.

For more information, visit the Next Nature Network website here.

(In Vitro meat with cocktail picks with Obama, Nelson Mandela and the Dutch King Willem-Alexander. Image by Next Nature Network)

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