Another way that Vat Meat will change our lives is the death of the leather industry as we know it. Leather is currently a throw-away product of beef production: hide producers are paid a pittance per hide, b/c it’s ubiquitous.
That changes dramatically once ranching becomes rare, and you’re either doing without leather, or else growing animals specifically for their skins. Game-hides will go from “pick them up by the score from your local processor” to the most valuable asset the processor produces.
And that old leather coat’s going to start being worth BUXX.
Unless they actually decide to start vat-growing leather. But why bother, when naugas are so cheap, and eat so little?