Lab-grown meat to ‘revolutionise’ food sector

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Meat without murder: the lab-grown chicken breast could be ready in under two years
Meat without murder: the lab-grown chicken breast could be ready in under two years

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Tel-Aviv business SuperMeat has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise investment in developing technology that makes lab-grown poultry a viable replacement in the meat industry.

Foodtech start-up SuperMeat is working on developing cultured meat – that is, meat grown using animal cells​ but without needing to kill the animal. The company is seeking investment to help it grow the world’s first lab-grown chicken breast, with technology that can be used to produce the meat at home.

Koby Barak, co-founder and CEO of SuperMeat, said he wanted to “revolutionise the food industry, and promote an animal-free humane solution to world hunger and environmental degradation​”.

Our team is comprised of a diverse group of advocates, scientists, health professionals, and environmentalists, coming together to create an incredible and truly ground-breaking device that will grow real, tasty meat, with zero animal suffering, and reach the market within five years.​” 

SuperMeat infographic, meat-free, healthy, food
Meat-free infographic courtesy of SuperMeat

 Higher nutritional value

SuperMeat is working towards creating a device that could be utilised by supermarkets, restaurants and consumers in the home to produce their own chicken breasts without killing the animal. The meat would also have its nutritional value optimised with increased protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins calcium and iron, said the company.

The work is said to be possible due to advancements in chemical engineering, genetics, stem cell biology and regeneration. SuperMeat co-founder, Professor Yaakov Nahmias is director of the Alexander Grass Centre of Bioengineering at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research into cultured meat is funded by the European Research Council. Some of his work included the 3D printing of complex liver tissue in 2006.

SuperMeat infographic
The dangers we face. Infographic courtesy of SuperMeat

Nahmias and Barak hope to have a lab-grown chicken breast available in two years. They said the technology would help the industry move to a sustainable, environmentally-friendly and affordable structure.

Factory farms in the US produce close to 9bn chickens every year and the growth and transportation of livestock produces nearly a fifth of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to SuperMeat.

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Too fake for my tastes

Posted by Ken,

Yes, ma'am. You may go ahead and eat the artificial meat. It is to real meat what the potato chip is to the raw potato. If you wish to indulge in lab-grown/ultra-processed eats, go for it. Personally I will stick as close to the whole food as I can. This is just another way factories ruin a good product in the name of efficiency and "climate awareness".
It's tough enough keeping real food facilities sanitized. They now want to grow meat and expect it to not be a health risk, in conditions ideal for E.coli and salmonella, among others. If they manage to eliminate those risks, it will have to be with preservatives and other chemical agents. Which brings me back to the beginning. No thanks.

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Posted by Graybull,

Why would any consumers want to eat artificial meat?

The potential for mass poisonings will be unacceptably high. No intelligent consumer would feed themselves and their children lab grown meat.

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Posted by Jennifer,

The sooner the world's biggest meat producers buy this technology, the better. Especially when scaled - could save meat producers ridiculous amounts of money and resource. So many problems solved in not having to "raise" an animal first. Just grow the best bits in a super clean environment. Everyone wins.

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