Could laboratory grown meat be the meat of the future?

Laboratory grown meat is expected to be considered a normal food in the future and industry experts say traditional farmers should be worried as it will change the industry.

Speaking on TVNZ's Breakfast programme this morning, Food and Agritech specialist Dr Rosie Bosworth said the laboratory meat known as “clean meat”, which "is identical to real meat" will become a "game changer" in the meat market of the future.

"When we look at it under the microscope, it is identical to real meat, so it’s not synthetic.

“But what we don't see is the hormones, the antibiotics, you don't see the focal matter, everything else that is associated with factory farmed or pasture raised beef at times," Dr Bosworth said.

"This is a game changer, particularly when these prices come in and under cut them or even at times they're superior because when faced with two options, what option will you choose - particularly as a millennial consumer - one where you are chopping off a hunk of the side of an animal and raising it and feeding it all these resources, just to have a small portion of meat?

"Or are we going to choose a system that does not require slaughter, that doesn't require any antibiotics, at times hormones?"

When asked if farmers should be worried about the clean meat industry, Dr Bosworth said: "indeed they should be. Particularly those partaking in the commodity sector, those that are selling low value produce or commodity meat.

"We start by taking a small harmless swab of animal cells... and then they are feed this nutrient rich broth, a soupy broth of nutrients...and that's what enables them to grow and multiply, proliferate into bigger portions of meat.

Once they are at a decent edible size, we attach them to what we call a scaffold which is a spongy like structure and that helps them to take on this form of a real life like piece of meat, say chicken breast or a sirloin steak verses chicken nugget goo or highly processed beef mincemeat.

"This all happens in a bio reactor or a fermentation tank, much like beer is brewed in a brewery at the moment."

A TVNZ Breakfast poll on Facebook showed 90 per cent of people would not eat clean meat and Dr Bosworth said that in order to change people's perceptions on the idea, there needs to be more education.

Food and argritech specialist Doctor Rosie Baker says laboratory grown meat is expected to become considered a normal food. Source: Breakfast

New Zealand retains triple A credit rating

The credit agency Moody's has today maintained the government's credit rating and expressed confidence about the future of the economy.

The rating remains at triple A, with the outlook described as stable.

Moody's analyst Matthew Circosta said the international ratings agency expects the coalition government will remain committed to fiscal discipline, with the Budget staying in surplus.

But it says the government has the flexibility to increase spending in areas such as education and housing.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the rating was very pleasing.

"What they've said is that the underlying fundamentals of the New Zealand economy are strong, that the approach that the coalition government's taking to being responsible with our budget management.

"But investing in areas like infrastructure and improving social supports are the right thing to do, that we can manage to do that within the finances we've got."

Moody's said the very high strength of New Zealand's institutions was a key factor in underpinning the credit rating.

The assessment comes just days after official figures showed growth in the economy increasing to 1 per cent in the three months to June.

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New Zealand $20 notes (file picture). Source:


American tourist dies in skiing accident on Mt Aspiring

An American tourist has died while skiiing on Mt Aspiring this afternoon.

Police say the skiing accident at Mt Aspiring happened at about 1.30pm today.

Two visitors to New Zealand were skiing from the top of Mt Aspiring, downhill toward the Bonar Glacier.

One of the skiers got into difficulty, has fallen on the slope and was fatally injured.

The other skier gave first aid to the injured man, but he unfortunately died at the scene.

The Rescue Coordination Centre were advised of the beacon activation just after 1.30pm today.

Police and Search and Rescue teams have been working to locate the skiers this afternoon.

Emergency services are now at the scene and an investigation is underway.

The victim is a 35-year-old American citizen.

Police are currently in the process of talking to his next of kin.

Mount Aspiring towers over the southern alps in New Zealand. Source:


Man charged with multiple assaults in Invercargill

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in relation to several assaults in Invercargill today.

The man, who has been remanded in custody, is due to appear in Invercargill District Court on Tuesday 2 October.

The man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault. Further charges are likely.

Between 1.30 and 2.30am today, the man allegedly assaulted four people at two different properties.

A 17 and 23-year-old man, and a 26-year-old woman sustained minor injuries from the incident at the first property, while a 30-year-old man sustained serious facial injuries at the second location.

Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to either incident.

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First images of wreck believed to be Captain Cook's Endeavour revealed

Researchers exploring whether a shipwreck off the coast of Rhode Island could be the vessel that 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world have released images of the vessel.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project, which is leading the search effort, and the Australian National Maritime Museum identified the vessel.

It's one of 13 shipwrecks that have been known for years to be in the harbor near Newport, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists were meeting today in Newport to talk about their recent fieldwork.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project also described the site as promising but said it'll still take a lot more work and money to identify it.

Nearly 250 years ago, Cook ran aground on Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a voyage to the South Pacific.

His ship was the Endeavour, an awkward little vessel that improbably helped him become the first European to chart Australia's east coast.

It was the ship in which the explorer charted New Zealand and Australia between 1769 and 1771.

The Endeavour was also part of the fleet of 13 ships the British scuttled during the Revolutionary War in 1778 to blockade Newport Harbor from the French.

It was listed in the records under a different name, the Lord Sandwich.

The nonprofit Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project located documents in London identifying the groups of ships in that fleet and where each was scuttled

Archaeologists are almost certain they've located the scuttled ship. Source: 1 NEWS