Lab-grown chicken meat could hail the end of battery farming The Modern Agriculture Foundation is developing lab-grown chicken meat that doesn’t require the rearing and slaughtering of birds in order to develop a sustainable food source for future generations. Global meat production has a whopping great impact on the environment, causing deforestation, soil erosion, greenhouse gases and using up valuable water supplies. By 2050, we’ll need to feed TWO BILLION more people, with demand for meat expected to double. “The Earth cannot take it. It’s not a prediction or speculation. It’s truth. There’s not enough land on the planet to raise the animals. We are raising 70 billion land animals at the moment. We won’t have space for another 70 billion,” the Foundation’s spokeswoman Shir Friedman told Mirror Online.  The Foundation launched in 2014 with the aim of getting “cultured meat” onto people’s dinner tables as soon as possible in order to mitigate the environmental impact of our eating habits. Cultured meat refers to meat that’s made from animal cells but without the need for rearing animals. The meat is “grown” from stem cells taken from animals – in this case chickens – and fed with nutrients until the cells grow into a thin layer of muscle tissue. In order to develop properly, the muscle needs to be made to contract using some sort of mechanical stimulus. There have already been experiments to grow a lab-grown burger but this is the first time that efforts have been made to create chicken meat. More