Meat culturing technology has managed to scale up and is now available on an industrial scale. Startups compete for a growing market of environmentally conscious and tech-savvy consumers. Traditional forms of meat are frowned upon as a symbol of the wasteful 20th century ‘boomer’ lifestyle.
Advances in growth-medium research have been slower however. Alternatives to foetal calf serum to feed cell cultures are proving difficult to engineer. Demand for the shrinking amounts of medium available is on the rise, which puts the market under great pressure. This results in the creation of a high frequency exchange which dictates prices in real time.