Target: Mark Post, Professor of Vascular Physiology at Maastricht University
Goal: Thank Post for the environmentally-friendly, potentially hunger-solving new breakthrough of lab-grown meat
A research team led by Dutch scientist Mark Post and funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin has recently unveiled a $300,000 “test tube burger.” This breakthrough may do something about hunger while saving our planet.
Post’s burger, made from “cultured beef” created by extracting stem cells from cow muscle, was designed to address animal welfare and environmental costs involved with the meat industry as it exists today. The Baltimore Sun reported meat production is predicted by the World Health Organization to be 98 million metric tons more in 2030 than during its 1997-1999 levels. The current process of making meat and bringing it to market creates almost one-fifth of emissions from greenhouse gases while also using up valuable water and land resources.
Rather than simply just giving people more burgers, Post’s cultured beef creation may help solve world hunger in a more roundabout way. Dina Spector and Gus Lubin of Business Insider wrote “Currently, 70 percent of farmed land is already used for livestock production. The same amount of land used to grow cabbage can feed 23 times as many people than if it were used to grow beef.” The cost of meat production is staggering, crisscrossing sustainability issues from malnutrition to deforestation.
The new artificial burger, which Post hopes will become cheap enough to become commercially available within the next two decades, is an amazing breakthrough. By creating an alternative to traditionally-produced meat, it can address a multitude of global issues ranging from hunger to climate change. By signing this petition, you will thank Post for their important contribution to saving our planet.
Dear Dr. Post,
I am writing to thank you for your work creating the world’s first burger made with cultured beef. This exciting new breakthrough has the potential to address a multitude of global issues ranging from hunger to water use and climate change.
As you may know, in future decades demand from new markets as well as an increasing global population will place increasing strain on the current meat production system. The World Health Organization has estimated that 2030 levels will be 98 million tonnes over those in 1997-1999. The world meat industry has a staggering cost to sustainability, for example creating almost one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions and using about 70 percent of farmland in livestock production.
Cultured beef burgers, if commercially available and successful in future years, can have a profound impact on these problems. Farmland would be freed up for crop use while environmental costs from factories and production would be sharply curtailed. In more ways than one, your invention would be able to address world hunger as well as help our planet.
Thank you again and congratulations to you on your groundbreaking achievement.
[Your Name Here]
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