What sounds like a science-fiction story has become a reality in the past few years in some laboratories around the globe. There, scientists are working on alternative meat production methods where meat no longer comes from a slaughtered animal, but is being grown artificially in labs. The first lab born burger was shown, cooked and tasted in 2013.
As this issue is becoming more present on the public agenda, FOUR PAWS is closely monitoring the progress, and so far we know the following:
With conventional animal products accounting for over 56 billion lives of animals per year, 70 % of global water consumption, 40 % of land use and 15 % of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, Clean meat could help us conserve our limited resources and have the potential to save billions of animals per year from inhumane conditions and eventual slaughter. This is an initiative FOUR PAWS is strongly in favor of.
Though large-scale manufacturing of cultured meat is costly, which includes the cost of cell culture and skilled labor, the costs are drastically decreasing which highlights the potential of making Clean meat available to the masses in the not so distant future.
We currently don’t know what the clear consequences for farm animals and their welfare would be, but the advancements in recent years encourages optimism in the processes and the potential positive impact Clean meat would have. Since this innovation is still currently on going, with an ever-increasing interest, we presume that a massive change in the farming of animals is then likely to happen.
Read the interview with Dr. Mark Post
For more about information about Clean meat: https://www.futurefood.org/in-vitro-meat/index_en.php