Where is meat research going?

Professors David Ledward and David Hopkins, respectively former and current editor of Meat Science, presented orally at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (13-18th August 2017, Cork) a history of research on meat and meat products.
It appears that the time and money spent for scientific research and for research-development on meat and meat products over the last 50 years has been considerable. This short review inspired from the article published in Meat Science 132 (2017) 29–34 summarises what was known 50 years ago in meat science, what have been the main findings so far, and in the light of current knowledge, what are some of the challenges for the future.