We’ve come a long way since the first lab-grown burger was introduced to the public in 2013. That one took hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce, but these days, you can order a Whopper made with Impossible Burger for a handful of dollars.

And the options — from lab-grown meat to plant-protein alternatives designed to mimic the taste and mouth-feel of meat — are only growing. Referred to as cellular agriculture, these cruelty- and meat-free options are gaining market share.

Today in The Conversation Canada, researchers from the University of Guelph, University of Victoria and University of the Fraser Valley present the findings of a report prepared alongside Ontario Genomics that looks at the industry potential of cellular agriculture. They write about how investment in this sector can help create jobs and possibly “reduce water consumption, energy use, land use and greenhouse gases.”

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All the best,

Nehal El-Hadi

Science + Technology Editor

The future of protein includes lab-grown meat and plant-based meat alternatives. (Shutterstock)

Lab-grown meats and cow-free dairy can meet the demand for protein and help address climate change

Evan Fraser, University of Guelph; Katherine Alexandra Newman, University of Victoria; Lenore Newman, University of The Fraser Valley; Michael von Massow, University of Guelph; Robert Newell, University of The Fraser Valley

Technological advancements in food production have created new ways to meet the growing demand for protein. Canada’s investment in this industry may create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

Dating apps should take part in curbing STI spread among all users, regardless of sexual orientation. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

Dating app users are disclosing STI and vaccine status for safer encounters and queer apps are leading the way

Anthony Fong, University of Toronto

Queer dating apps are leading the way when it comes to being more open about sexual health and health in general.

An office building made with cross-laminated timber in Tokyo, Japan. (Shutterstock)

If companies want net-zero carbon offices, they need to focus on building materials

Meike Siegner, Ryerson University; Cory Searcy, Ryerson University

As more companies feature wood and other bio-based products in their offices, what are opportunities and limitations of making corporate net-zero carbon pledges about building materials?

Some industries, including steel and cement, emit carbon dioxide as part of the manufacturing process, and could benefit from carbon capture technologies. (haglundc/flickr)

Why carbon capture and storage is key to avoiding the worst effects of the climate emergency

Naoko Ellis, University of British Columbia

Carbon capture technologies have been labelled as a distraction. But as we enter the all-hands-on-deck phase of tackling climate change, they must not be ignored.

Shared decision-making is a patient-centred approach to health choices that considers a patient’s values as well as clinical evidence. (Shutterstock)

Support and collaboration with health-care providers can help people make health decisions

Janet Jull, Queen's University, Ontario; Dawn Stacey, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa; Sascha Köpke, University of Cologne

Shared decision-making upholds person-centred care and supports people to take charge of their own health: their views, input and experiences are important contributors to health plans.

La Conversation Canada

Tout sur Omicron : sa transmissibilité, sa virulence et sa capacité à échapper aux vaccins

Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, York University, Canada

L’une des raisons pour lesquelles le variant Omicron se distingue des autres est le nombre considérable de mutations dans la protéine spike. Mais cela en fait-il un super-variant ?


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