Meanwhile, Memphis Meats, which Gates namechecked in the Technology Review interview, wants to avoid animals altogether whenever possible—including by harvesting cells from procedures like animal biopsies, where cells would be discarded. Memphis Meats makes ground beef, as well as lab-grown chicken and duck. So far, neither Memphis Meats nor Mosa is on any menus, with the economically depressed restaurant scene of 2020 putting a serious damper on development. Mosa believes it will have a menu-ready product by 2022.
In the Technology Review interview, Gates specifically cited Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat as examples of scalable technologies that could reach consumers more quickly. As for the “cellular” kind of lab grown meat? “I don’t know that that will ever be economical,” Gates admitted.
This week, food company BRF, S.A.—one of the largest meat suppliers in the world—signed a deal with Israel-based cultured meat company Aleph Farms to bring its innovative lab-grown meat to Brazil. Under the Memorandum of Understanding agreement, BRF will co-develop and produce lab-grown meat in one of Aleph Farms’ BioFarm platforms. While traditional animal agriculture requires many inputs and produces large amounts of greenhouse gases, Aleph Farms’ approach relies on a few animal cells that are grown in a bioreactor to create meat without the need to slaughter animals and with a much smaller environmental footprint.
Today, we are on the cusp of another breakthrough in technology, this time in seafood and meat production, and we are being asked to select a name early in a technology’s lifespan. Indeed, no cultivated meat, poultry, or seafood products have been brought to market in the United States, yet an important debate is underway to determine appropriate nomenclature that is consistent with labeling laws in this country.
Cellular agriculture is an emerging field that has the potential to mitigate many of the issues within our food systems and provide an alternative solution. You may be wondering – what is cellular agriculture? Cellular agriculture, also known as cultured or cultivated meat, is where agricultural products (such as meat, milk, and leather) are produced – without the use of livestock. The agricultural products are instead developed from cell cultures using a combination of the sciences including techniques found in biotechnology, tissue engineering, molecular biology, and synthetic biology.
Austrian-based Revo Foods announced on Facebook it will host what it believes is the ‘world’s first’ public tasting event for its 3D-printed, plant-based ‘Salmon with Attitude’ at a restaurant in Vienna on 6 March. “The future of seafood has arrived!” it wrote. “After countless of hours spent on R&D, we are happy to announce that the world’s first 3D-printed plant-based seafood is here!” The company is the result of a student project looking at ways to commercialize vegan alternatives to salmon and tuna in Europe.
Half of the farmers surveyed by Purdue University said plant-based proteins could hold up to 10% of the meat market in five years and some expected the share to be much larger. Most of the respondents to the Ag Economy Barometer poll said they would not grow crops for processing into a meat alternative, even if they were offered a contract, said Purdue on Tuesday. And the same portion, just above 60%, said there would be a damaging decline in U.S. farm income if plant-based meats reached a 25% market share.
The animal-free pepsin – which will be distributed by Ingredion – has the same functionality as the animal-derived variety, with the added benefits of “safe and consistent sourcing, quality control, price stability and vastly increased sustainability,” said San Francisco-based Clara Foods, which is best-known for using engineered microbes to express egg proteins (minus the chickens).
CellMEAT has raised ₩5 billion (approx. US$4.5 million) in a pre-Series A financing round that closed in late January 2021, the company has announced. The funding was led by South Korean private equity and venture capital firm NAU IB Capital, with participation from a number of domestic and international investors including BNK Venture Capital, DT & Investment, Ryu Kyung PSG Asset Management, JNU Holdings, Yonsei Technology Holdings, and Baltimore, U.S.-based firm Knollwood Investment Advisory.