The company's research lab Space10 considers the possibilities insects and lab-grown meat

The classic IKEA Swedish meatballs we all know and hate-to-love today may take a new form in the future if the furniture company's latest concept comes to fruition. With its “Tomorrow’s Meatball” project, the company is exploring how the way we eat might change in the coming decades.

The theory for the project, which is run by IKEA’s research lab, Space10, stems from the belief that a diet based heavily on meat will become unsustainable in the future, pivoting toward a focus on alternative ingredients and modernized manufacturing methods. From global warming to shrinking water supplies, the consequences of a rapidly growing worldwide demand for food are obvious, and IKEA is working on an innovative solution with a familiar (round) appearance.

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