Andras Forgacs, the CEO of Modern Meadow, would like to serve you a delicious sirloin steak, printed in a lab with no harm done to any animal and scientifically optimized for nutrition. Bioprinting is a word we will eventually have to learn, but right now, it's more in the prototype/proof-of-concept phase. Still, Forgacs (and the simple facts of the matter) make a strong case that our current methods and demand for meat production are unsustainable at current levels, and will only get worse as the world population grows and modernizes.
So, do you have some questions for this guy? So did Reddit. Forgacs did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with Reddit to explain how this all works and when we can expect to print our dinners from home.
As Forgacs explained, it could be a decade or more before his printed meat is available for sale and cost-competitive with standard beef (as in, from a dead cow), but without bioprinting (or a sudden increase in the popularity of vegetarreanism) we may be doomed. Despite that, Forgacs said there was no plan to print human meat (someone asked, lengthy and hilarious comment thread followed, click the link to see).
Here are some highlights from Forgacs' Reddit AMA: