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As the world enters the second decade of the 21st century and beyond, modern agriculture using tractors, pesticides, and artificial fertilisers is becoming less sustainable as prices for petroleum gasoline start to skyrocket in addition to rising electricity prices. The population of the world will reach 9.2 billion people by the year 2050; making modern agriculture almost impossible to maintain unless massive technological advances are made. The current levels of technology associated with agriculture force people to be reliant on butchers with a skilled level of education in addition to greengrocers and massive levels of chemicals to deliver the product from more than Template:Convert away so that the product is no longer considered to be local.
Cattle farming (done with bones and fat) is "responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases"; causing more damage to the environment than the combined effects of the world's transportation system. In vitro meat is speculated to replace current meat production methods by the year 2050 along with year-round vertical farming using indoor urban surroundings. The in vitro meat production method might require less of the Earth's natural resources and cause fewer greenhouse gasses than current agricultural levels can provide.Template:Dubious Average global temperatures may also plummet to their equilibrium temperatures of Template:Convert.Template:Dubious In vitro meat will also prevent the killing of animals for food; possibly leading to them becoming legally branded as persons under the laws of Western civilization. Once an animal is considered a person, it will be released from the farmer's custody and placed in a nature reserve where the animal will never be harmed or killed by human hands ever again. DNA from the animal will be allowed to be gathered (as a requirement for the production of in vitro meat) before it is sent off to freely habitate and breed at the nature reserve.
- ↑ Rising electricity costs makes modern farming unsustainable - Entenergy.com
- ↑ Data from U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base
- ↑ http://www.yorkbutchersgild.com/pages/history.html York Butchers' Guild
- ↑ http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/ERR97/ERR97_ReportSummary.pdf USDA's definition of "local food"
- ↑ "Livestock a major threat to environment". FAO Newsroom. http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html.
- ↑ Artificial meat? Food for thought by 2050 - Guardian.co.uk
- ↑ "Urbanism and the environment". Gristmill. http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2007/4/23/104245/760#comment5. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
- ↑ Koerner, Brendan I. (2008-05-20). "Will Lab-Grown Meat Save the Planet? Or is it only good for cows and pigs?". Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2191705/.
- ↑ Cheng, Maria (2010-01-15). "Stem Cells Turned Into Pork". http://news.discovery.com/tech/stem-cells-meat-petri-dish.html/.
- ↑ Equilibrium Temperature of the Earth
- ↑ Dershowitz, Alan. Rights from Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights, 2004, pp. 198–99, and "Darwin, Meet Dershowitz," The Animals' Advocate, Winter 2002, volume 21.
- ↑ "'Personhood' Redefined: Animal Rights Strategy Gets at the Essence of Being Human", Association of American Medical Colleges, retrieved July 12, 2006.
- ↑ http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/bio/eight-ways-vitro-meat-will-change-our-lives HP Plus Magazine - Eight Ways In Vitro Meat Will Change Our Lives