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Foetus serums and deforestation: As Goldsmiths bans beef, is fake meat more environmentally-friendly?

Plant-based and lab-grown meats are set to see increases in demand but there are concerns around environmental impacts and animal friendliness. 
Plant-based and lab-grown meats are set to see increases in demand but there are concerns around environmental impacts and animal friendliness.  Credit: ROBYN BECK /AFP

It has been billed as the clean, green solution to making ourselves, and the planet, healthier.

Fake meat - either plant-based or grown from meat cells in a laboratory - could soon find its way into British universities, as Goldsmiths this week announced it was banning the sale of beef in campus outlets.

Such moves are expected to accelerate rapid growth in an industry that could be worth $140bn within the next decade.

Supporters say it's a more ethical and environmentally friendly way of producing meat than farming animals intensively, which the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) suggests is one of the world’s most damaging sources of greenhouse gases and water pollution. Best of all,...

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