Scientists in the Netherlands have succeeded in using pig cells to generate a kind of ‘soggy pork’.

When I was a vegan, a long time ago, I was talked down from my moral high ground by the idea that one day, we’d grow meat in factories not using animals. This was sufficient to persuade that I could eat my bacon sandwich with a clear conscience, though it has to be said that those arguing with me were somewhat pushing at an open door.

Now, researchers in Eindhoven appear to have actually produced the stuff, according to The Sunday Times. Given that everyone and his mother is blaming animal farming for climate change, this will be welcomed with open arms by greens and animal activists alike. If they can churn out decent sausages more cheaply and with less mess, I’ll be all for it, too.

Scientists grow pork meat in a laboratory, The Sunday Times