Chris Bennett: Grass doesn’t make my mouth water – Farmers Weekly

Hang on a minute, did I hear that proper? They wish to feed grass on to people now?

I’m referring to a narrative I heard on Farming Today a few mission aiming to course of grass and break it down utilizing yeasts to provide “edible” meals.

After checking the date to verify it wasn’t 1 April, I continued listening.

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The £2m Pasture to Plate mission is run by the University of Bath and Harper Adams University.

Developing this grass product may, they declare, have a “transformative” impact on meals manufacturing within the UK and overseas.

About the creator

Chris Bennett

Growing up on a blended arable and beef farm in Lincolnshire, Chris studied physics at Oxford University earlier than deciding to return to farming. The 28-12 months-outdated has a graduate diploma in agriculture and is farming in Wakanui, on the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand.

More environment friendly?

While not towards beef and lamb manufacturing, these working the mission declare their course of shall be 10 occasions extra environment friendly than utilizing livestock to transform grass to meat or milk.

It appears to be typically accepted that the quantity of meat we at the moment eat is unsustainable, however I’d far moderately eat a couple of meat-free meals made out of pure components than from hyper-processed laboratory experiments.

Could this be the dinner of tomorrow? Lab-grown meat with a facet of grass and a sprinkling of insect mud? Woodchip crumble for dessert, anybody? I feel I’ll cross.

If nothing else, it’s important to admire the ambition of the individuals working the mission.

They declare it has the potential to extend meals manufacturing within the UK to the extent that we change into a internet meals exporter and that it might be a silver bullet for farming, offering a brand new profitable marketplace for grass.

Even if the demand from the patron existed, which it doesn’t, the truth that grass is such an considerable crop would absolutely imply the value paid to farmers won’t ever be notably “profitable”.

Potential profit

Maybe the declare with essentially the most potential profit is the scope to exchange the imports of much less sustainable merchandise reminiscent of palm oil and soya protein.

Considering they are typically present in merchandise which have an ingredient listing the size of your arm, I doubt anybody would even discover if soya was swapped for grass extract.

Do I imagine this mission goes to revolutionise the farming panorama within the UK? No.

Would I swap a steak for a bowl of processed grass? Definitely not.

Would I eat one thing containing barely noticeable grass extracts if it was higher for the planet? Maybe.

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