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Oliphant Science Award


Congratulations to Year 10 student, Carla for winning third prize in the Science Writing category of this year’s Oliphant Science Awards. Under the title of “Future Earth,” students were asked to examine scientific innovations that are being developed by scientists to aid in a better future.

Current methods of production of beef on a global scale have many environmental, social and economic implications. Carla’s essay, “Cultured Beef” examined the future possibility of growing beef using cultured stem cells.  Through her research, Carla was able to develop the following conclusions about a future potential source of animal alternative beef for human consumption.

Here is an excerpt of her essay.

‘In conclusion, I believe that producing stem cell burgers for human consumption and future earth is viable and has a range of economic, environmental and social benefits. Environmentally, current farming practices are not sustainable, however stem cell beef production can produce a large amount of beef with less water and land usage as well as emitting less GHG emissions. With more research and refinement, the cost of cultured beef will fall, therefore it is economically viable. Despite being grown in a lab, stem cell beef, tastes, looks and feels relatively similar to regular beef. By 2050, the world must produce double the meat we eat today (Cultured Beef, 2013), and stem cell burgers are the perfect solution for this as a small amount of cells produces a large amount of beef. This seemingly futuristic idea is actually viable and I believe that cultured beef will reach the supermarkets sometime in the future. By embracing the cultured beef industry, humans will have enough food to feed the world, while not harming cows and the environment. Clearly, cultured beef production is the way of the future and should be produced for human consumption.’

Josie Spizzo
Science Learning Area Leader