Could cultured meat be the solution we’ve been waiting for?
Indianapolis, Indiana, December 17 1 pm
By Carrie Woods
Plant-based meat alternatives, also known as faux meats, are skyrocketing in popularity. with huge chains from Burger King to Panda Express offering plant-based alternatives to meat-based menu items. But, for many meat-eaters, the taste and texture is not identical to the animal products they’ve grown up eating. This is where cultured meat comes in. It is actual meat, identical in texture and flavor to traditionally produced meat. But, cultured meat, also known as clean meat, does not require the death of an animal. Instead, it is grown from cells that are collected from an animal, like a cow.
In an interview on UnChainedTV, Dr. Mohit Bhatia, the CSO & Co-founder of Atelier Meats, stresses that his company does not harm animals to create its meat products. “At no point are we harming the animal or the calf,” Dr. Bhatia says adding, “We just take the stem cells from the umbilical cord and the placenta of the calf and that’s how we make our product.” He explains that one sample can produce huge amounts of cultured meat through a fermentation process, noting that many traditional products, from dairy cheese to beer, are produced by fermentation.
You can watch UnchainedTV host Jane Velez-Mitchell’s entire interview with Dr. Bhatia below.
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Industry observers predict these products could be just months away from becoming available to American consumers. The FDA recently signaled its safety clearance of another cultured meat product. Cultured chicken was served at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt in November of 2022. A huge cultured chicken facility is set to open in 2023 in Singapore, expected to produce tens of thousands of pounds of cultured chicken per year.
With animal agriculture being a major contributor to greenhouse gases, habitat destruction for cattle grazing and wildlife extinction, water pollution and related problems, could cultured meat be the solution we’ve all been seeking to save the planet? The future will tell.
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Carrie Woods is a writer based in Indiana who comes from a family of journalists.