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Undecided with Matt Ferrell

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, History

Regional Focus

Global, North America, Oceania, Europe

Format

YouTube Video

The Future of Meat - Lab Grown Meat Explained

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Synopsis
  • This video describes the history of meat production, plant-based meat alternatives, and lab-grown meat, providing a comparison of lab-grown meat to farmed meat from an environmental standpoint. 
  • Students will be given a thorough look at the many issues surrounding lab-grown meat including cost, taste, safety, regulations, and timelines for commercial availability. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource highlights the companies that are leading the race to produce lab-grown meat and some of the top companies making plant-based meat alternatives. 
  • Students will learn about the key ingredients in lab-grown meat, production methods, and innovative approaches such as cellular agriculture. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video has commercials before and during the video and sponsored content within the video.
  • For students who are just learning about meat alternatives, it may be helpful to give a basic overview of the concept including plant-based meat versus lab-grown meat.  The video does not compare these two, but plant-based options are likely more environmentally friendly.

Differentiation

  • Since this video addresses many different aspects of the topic, a graphic organizer while viewing might help students organize new ideas such as cost, methods, safety, health, or environmental implications.
  • Topics for a group discussion might include "How does lab-grown meat compare to traditional farmed meat with regard to sustainability and resource use?" or "How does plant-based meat compare to lab-grown meat?" 
  • Students could be encouraged to take a deeper look at why meat consumption has so many consequences and could research the topic using this interactive data resource about the impacts of food production or this carbon calculator and interactive slideshow about the impacts of diet on the planet and our health.
  • Other resources on this topic include this TED video exploring the benefits of lab grown meat and this animated video which encourages the consumption of plant-based diets.
Scientist Notes
The video describes using innovation and technology to transform the meat industry and to reduce carbon footprints. The technology from Mosa meat factory can effectively improve human health and nutrition while limiting CO2 levels from meat production. This resource is insightful and recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
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