Apocalypse Cow documentary claims lab-grown food could replace farming across ...

Food grown inside a laboratory could eventually bring around the end of traditional farming methods across Britain, a new documentary will claim tonight.

A Channel 4 show fronted by the vegan environmentalist George Monbiot will set out drastic ideas on how the world could 'do away with agriculture as we know it'.

In the documentary Apocalypse Cow, Monbiot visits a team of scientists in Helsinki who reveal their process for creating food made out of just bacteria and water. 

The researchers create a synthetic flour that they then mix with oak milk to cook a pancake, which is served to Monbiot who exclaims: 'That is lovely!'

Monbiot claims the rise of farm-free food could end meat and crop production yet 'still feed 10billion people [to] bring the world back from the point of collapse'.

A Channel 4 show fronted by the vegan environmentalist George Monbiot (pictured) will set out drastic ideas on how the world could 'do away with agriculture as we know it'

A Channel 4 show fronted by the vegan environmentalist George Monbiot (pictured) will set out drastic ideas on how the world could 'do away with agriculture as we know it'

In the documentary Apocalypse Cow, Monbiot visits a team of scientists in Helsinki (pictured) who reveal their process for creating food made out of just bacteria and water

In the documentary Apocalypse Cow, Monbiot visits a team of scientists in Helsinki (pictured) who reveal their process for creating food made out of just bacteria and water

The Helsinki scientists, working for a company called Solar Foods, claim their method would be able to supply protein to explorers in the Arctic and even in space.

The firm now hopes to open its first commercial factory at some point next year, where the process could be used to create a variety of diet stables.

This type of protein is also known as Solein, which its creators believe could one day be mass-produced with nearly zero carbon emissions.

The process sees bacteria from soil placed in liquid and fed with carbon dioxide and hydrogen bubbles that are released from the water through electricity.

The living micro-organisms then create protein, which can be dried into a powder - similar to whey protein.

While 15,000 litres of water is required to produce a single kilogram of beef, just 10 litres of water can produce a kilogram of Solein, Solar Foods claims. 

Monbiot claims that 51 per cent of the UK's surface is used for grazing livestock and growing grass,while just over 5 per cent accounts for urban sprawl.

He points to how sheep and cattle use over half the UK, while trees cover just over one tenth.

Monbiot goes as far as to ridicule what Britons think of as the UK's most beautiful landscapes, such as the Peak District, describing them as treeless 'sheep-wrecked deserts'.

Writing in the Guardian, Monbiot points out how their man-made flour could replace the fillers now found in 'thousands of food products'.

He added: 'When the bacteria are modified they will create the specific proteins needed for lab-grown meat, milk and eggs. 

The new documentary suggests that food grown inside a laboratory could eventually bring around the end of traditional farming methods across Britain

The new documentary suggests that food grown inside a laboratory could eventually bring around the end of traditional farming methods across Britain

'Other tweaks will produce – goodbye palm oil – and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids – hello lab-grown fish.

How do scientists create food from 'nothing but air'? 

In the documentary Apocalypse Cow, Monbiot visits a team of scientists in Helsinki who reveal their process for creating food made out of just bacteria and water. 

The scientists, working for a company called Solar Foods, claim their method would be able to supply protein to explorers in the Arctic and even in space. 

This type of protein is also known as Solein, which its creators believe could one day be mass-produced with nearly zero carbon emissions.

The process sees bacteria from soil placed in liquid and fed with carbon dioxide and hydrogen bubbles that are released from the water through electricity.

The living micro-organisms then create protein, which can be dried into a powder - similar to whey protein.

'The carbohydrates that remain when proteins and fats have been extracted could replace everything from pasta flour to potato crisps.' 

Last month, scientists warned humans needed to drastically reduce the amount of meat they consumed over the 10 years to prevent climate change spiralling out of control.

In an open letter sent to the prestigious Lancet journal, a team of academics from around the world call on 'high and middle income countries' to hit 'peak meat' by 2030 as it is 'necessary' in order to halt the climate emergency.

This would mean that, by the end of the incoming decade, the number of livestock around

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