If President-Elect Joe Biden is serious about addressing climate change, preventing future outbreaks of zoonotic disease or minimizing animal cruelty on factory farms, he should support the nascent cultured-meat industry. This is simply too urgent to leave to the private sector. The United States should follow the example of Singapore and Israel in this regard.
First, what is cultured meat? Well, it's grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. This may sound like something out of “Star Trek,” but it's coming to a supermarket near you sooner than you might think. Dr. Mark Post created the first cultured-beef hamburger in 2013. It cost an incredible $280,000. Soon he believes that price could be reduced to $10. Still, more research is required to make cultured meat economically viable.