LettersWhy hype over artificial meat’s benefits overlooks several problems
- There are many hurdles that need to be carefully considered and overcome before artificial meat can become popular everywhere
- Pricing, health concerns, climate impact, appeal to vegetarians and suitability for Chinese cuisine are all matters to be addressed
First, the generally higher price of artificial meat could create less of an incentive for consumers to buy it. Whether it is plant-based or cultured meat, the current production costs and prices are high, making such products less attractive to the general public. The production of cultured meat involves new technology and is even more expensive. Many people may prefer buying traditional meat, which is cheaper and thus keeps their daily spending lower.
Second, artificial meat is not necessarily healthier than traditional meat. It is true that compared with traditional meat, plant-based meat has less saturated fat and no cholesterol. However, some additives are introduced during the making of artificial meat, and the levels of sodium have the potential to increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and other diseases.
Adrian Lam, Tai Koo