Lab-Grown Meat Coming To Market Soon Could Disrupt Factory Farming As We Know It

in food •  last year 


A solution to the widespread environmental issues of factory farming may be available to consumers in at little as three years. Netherlands-based Mosa Meats announced this week that it has received the funding it needs to bring its lab-grown meat to the public by 2021.

The company secured funding from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is a branch of German pharmaceutical giant Merck, and Bell Food Group is a European meat processing company. Mosa has previously received funding from Google’s Sergey Brin and has also obtained funding from smaller sources.

Mosa Meats is not the only company pursuing lab-grown meat, nor is it the only company with funding from big corporations and mega-donors. Memphis Meats, a California-based lab-grown meat company, has received funding from Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Cargill, an international agriculture company.

On the other hand, major players in the meat industry are already lobbying for regulations regarding the emerging technology, which relies on cultured animal cells as opposed to slaughtering live animals. The National Pork Producer’s Council, for example, is working to ensure these cultured “meat” products cannot be labeled meat when they become available to consumers.

Despite opposition from traditional meat producers, the potential of lab-grown meat is huge. According to a report published this week, meat and dairy producers are on track to surpass the oil industry as the world’s top polluters. The contribution of factory farming to the degradation of the environment has been increasingly documented in recent years. From the creation of “dead zones” to the depletion of soil caused by harvesting crops for animal consumption, activists continue to warn of the threats of factory farming.

"Replacing traditional meat production with cultured meat would have a huge impact on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, it would free up a large amount of resources that are now used for meat production worldwide and will completely disrupt an old-established and currently unsustainable industry," said Alexander Hoffmann, a principal at M Ventures, in a press release.

Further, meat and dairy produced within this system are often pumped full of antibiotics, a practice that has led to the evolution of “super bugs” resistant to treatment as human develop resistance to antibiotics through their consumption of meat.

Though many consumers are still skeptical of lab-grown meat, it appears to be an inevitable development. Richard Branson has said he believes all meat will be “clean or plant-based” in 30 years.

Mosa Meats plans to bring its first burgers to market in 2021 and achieve full-scale industrial production a few years after that.

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I'm not sure I see the point any more. But I do like my "fake" dairy products...but using a fat and a culture (substituting animal fat for plant) isn't as weird as making meat in a petri dish.

As a farmer with a small family Farm i can tell you that this will not hurt the factory farms, but will push out the small farms from the market
Its what happens every time they try to regulate the factory farms

As on the topic of MRSA, it came from farm as well as from hospitals due to overuse of anti biotics and improper cleaning

And you should differentiate European food and American food there, because we have very different food quality standards and control organs

As a scientist working in biochemistry and with lots of experience with culturing cells (for different reasons), I have to say that I'm highly sceptical that the development will be so fast.
The main reason for this is not that in vitro meat production isn't technically possible - it is. But the problem is that the available techniques are still insanely expensive, which would lead to the meat being non-affordable for most people.
Also, customers have to be aware that for in vitro production, one has to use lots of synthetic nutritients and also antibiotics, whose impact on health will have to be evaluated before market entry.

So I think it'll be rather 10-15 years, and not 3. But I'm happy to be wrong, ofc.

@careywedler hello 👋 sir,,, I think that the biggest problem today is to let the animals do not kill, if you are not allowed to kill animals in the country, then where you get the meat, as well as the price of meat has increased

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Edit: The environment tag is missing an i ;)


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There's an issue that this doesn't address. The main reason factory farms exist is to supply a meat demand that shouldn't exist at the level it is currently at. A huge proportion of the western population eats way more meat then they should and need. This is just changing the source of that supply.

thanks for this interesting story

@careywedler Very interesting post. Thank you for sharing

I’ll definitely try it, but the big question is how much does it cost? I could see it actually being significantly cheaper, but probably not at first, and if it costs more than regular meat it’s gonna take awhile to get mass adoption. Once it’s significantly cheaper though I can’t imagine the average person not being hypnotized by their wallet to buy it. Even if they’d like to say it’s gross now.

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Not long ago, when I worked for an international sausage manufacturer, I asked if the company was looking into the possibility of lab-grown meat.
In addition to the fact that the current system is unsustainable, lab-grown meat would produce more consistent quality raw material and free manufacturers from the price fluctuations of the market .
They looked at me like I had gone insane. Hah! No so crazy now, am I?

I don't eat meat anymore, but if I were to eat it again I wouldn't eat the new meat from a lab. I would probably go with grass fed organic beef. Or something someone hunted in the wild. To me "clean meat" was an animal that walked on the land and lived like an animal would 1000 plus years ago. Eating what it would naturally, not getting injected with antibiotics and raised in cage. Lab meat can be an alternative for other people and maybe someone needs that. I encourage all people to eat as clean and conscious as they can. Try a new diet it for a month that is clean and see how your body feels with it. For me it's organic green veggies, some eggs, and fruit mostly.

The end of the world as we know it..
#thehorror #meatlovers #hellno

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