Artificial meat “made in a giant vat” could be the best solution to the problems of feeding the world’s growing population, scientists have claimed. Over 9 billion people are expected to inhabit the planet by 2050 and the challenge of providing enough food without destroying the environment is increasingly being questioned by the scientific community. Dr Philip Thornton, of the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, said: “One [solution] is artificial meat, which is made in a giant vat.” His suggestions were presented in a range of papers published by the Royal Society, the Guardian newspaper reported today A final report will be published later this year before UN climate talks in Mexico.