A new kind of frozen meat

The future of the locavore movement might be in a cryopreservation facility in Newport, Rhode Island, where the SVF Foundation is hoping to catalog and ultimately promote rare heritage livestock breeds by freezing their embryos and semen.

It sounds like science fiction, but the science is very real and reflects a back-to-nature approach with fertility technology being used to make sure that heritage livestock are available in case things don’t work out with our industrialized food system. Dr. George Saperstein, chief scientific adviser to the foundation, explained that idea to The New York Times:

“Think of this as a safety valve program. If there was a disaster, if something like the potato famine of livestock ever hit, these frozen embryos would be made available, and in one generation we would be back in business.”

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