You probably clicked on this article because you had no idea what is meant by the term "clean meat." It's something you should definitely get to know, because it is spreading and trying to go global right now.
Before we explain how that's happening, let's talk about what exactly clean meat is. It has nothing to do with how animals are raised, antibiotic usage in livestock, the physical contamination of meat by feces or pathogens, or any of the common issues from raising animals.
Clean meat doesn't even come from butchering live stock. Simply put, it's lab-grown meat.
By growing meat from stem cells in culture, companies like Memphis Meats are able to produce meat that doesn't factor in the environmental, social, or labor costs of growing, raising, and slaughtering livestock - hence, the "clean" terminology that they use to describe their cultured meat.
The company has estimated that they can use 90 percent less water and land while producing 90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions by raising cultured meat rather than actual livestock - making clean, cultured meat products much better for the environment and reducing the need to raise more livestock.
Environmentally, it's become clear that the consumption of meat - especially at the levels that it's consumed at in America - will have significant impacts and is not sustainable for the future of food. In that future where cattle and other animals are difficult to raise because the environmental supply is gone, companies like Memphis Meats aim to deliver meat to a world that isn't able to raise it anymore.
Additionally, the company has been able to show that their meat isn't just more environmentally-friendly - it's also safer and healthier. Cultured meat means that less pathogens can get into the meat supply and contaminate it - leading to less food-borne illnesses.
Memphis Meats has spent a while researching to develop their meat, and revealed their first clean meat product - a meatball - to the world earlier this year. While it will take some time to scale up and have the meatballs ready to sell to the world, everyone was very excited to see the meatball's success.
Now, Memphis Meats wants to get their products and vision for clean meat spread to the rest of the world. By slanging their meat globally, they can develop worldwide scales of beef or other meats without ever having to kill a single animal.
To reach this goal, Memphis Meats recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help make this possible – and with a month left to go, they're already almost halfway to their goal.
If this article has made you interested at all in clean meat, or has left you wanting to taste it, then head on over and help Memphis Meats out. What they're doing is revolutionary, tasty, and could potentially save meat for the planet.