Imagine growing hamburgers. No cows. Just meat growing in a lab. Or a meat factory.
The vision is real. In fact, the first hamburger is growing now, and should be ready for cooking in the fall. A celebrity chef may be asked to cook it. The story is here on the science being developed by researchers in the Netherlands. They see the process as taking another 15-20 years to result in true hamburger "factories." The news was publicized in connection with the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held this year in Vancouver.
The possibilities are interesting – but far from certain – when one considers world population growth, the risks of pesticides, and the resources involved in raising cattle.
Hat tip to Marginal Revolution for flagging the topic and articles.