There are many reasons why genetic engineering foods aren’t welcome by the people. People fear a single corporation, without competition or even there are some, could mandate what food to be on their plates. Imagine the day when a single corporation dictates the food prices as it sees fit. Democracy would break down at that level!
Speaking of genetic engineering foods, a scientist named Vladimir Mironov have toiled for a decade in his small lab in Charleston of South Carolina so one day he could completely synthesize meats in laboratories. It appears he believes creating foods in cultures is more effective, removing the parts of the equation such as feeding the livestock, and therefore he predicts producing meats in cultures/labs is more efficient.
That reminds me of the Star Trek: Enterprise! The classic futuristic television show has a technology on the fictional spaceship where it can synthesize almost any foods. Vladimir Mironov may not be able to produce the fictional technology in Star Trek: Enterprise, but his pursuit bears some resemblances. If he succeeds in his research, one day we may eat foods that will not come from real animals, but rather from the laboratories’ equipments. The question is, do we care where the foods from?
Dr. Mironov, 56 years of age, believes with more funding, his research could become true. Obviously, his research could have extensive effects on all walks of life. Imagine the facilities we have now to raise livestock for meats would be abandoned if this technology has made available. Other foods related industries will be shaken to the core if these are in conflict with the invention of Dr. Mironov. It’s rather a disruptive invention, but is there any benefit to have it?
Dr. Mironov believes meat prices can be cheaper since it’s more efficient to create meats in laboratory. Will the cheaper prices of genetic engineering meats be convincing enough to sway people from loving organic foods? Maybe it doesn’t matter, because people may love both? Whatever the reasons and preferences will be, if Dr. Mironov succeeds with his research, we will see his creation sure to be disruptive in many ways.
To clarify, Dr. Mironov isn’t the only scientist with the goal of producing meats in laboratories. Many other scientists are also doing similar researches! When I refer to invention of Dr. Mironov, it’s to be used as a short way of referring about his project. In the end, who succeeds first in creating anything would be the real inventor.