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Is Lab-Grown Meat a suitable replacement for Factory Farming?
Farmers will lose their jobs.
Not only livestock farmers will lose out, but also farmers who provide animal feed.
The moderate suffering of small numbers of humans impacted by shifts in unemployment is many times smaller than the high levels of suffering experienced by a very high number of intensively farmed animals, and so we should favour the animals.
Even if they lose their jobs, farmers can take up different job opportunities instead.
Lost jobs are offset by created jobs in lab production facilities and switch to growing crops that focus on nutrients needed to feed cultured meat.
So did bronzesmiths with the dawn of iron age. Progress should not be limited by the need of people to keep outdated jobs.
It is very unlikely that farming -that has been practiced
since 9000-7000 BC
- will completely vanish from Earth just for a bit of competition. In any case, it would probably remain as on-farm consumption.
Farmers produce more than just meat. Other products are not challenged by lab-grown meat.
Lab-grown meat is not going to cause farmers to lose their jobs. They are going to lose their jobs anyway, because people are trending towards eating less or no meat (