In this prospective Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of cultivated meat (CM, also sometimes referred to as cell-based meat, clean meat, cultured meat and in-vitro meat) we provide insight into the environmental impact of this product when produced at commercial scales. This is the first LCA study to use primary data from multiple CM producers and companies in the upstream supply chain. Data collection efforts were carried out among over 15 companies active in CM development and the supply chain, supplemented with cross-checks by independent experts. While there are still uncertainties due to the early stage of technological development, we believe this study provides a robust inventory with as much primary data as is currently feasible.
The project was selected by the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which supports R&D projects of Spanish companies. San Sebastián-based BioTech Foods is a Spanish biotechnology company dedicated to the development of cultured meat from the cultivation of muscle cells previously extracted from animals.According to the company, cultivated meat is positioned as one of the greatest innovations of our century, integrating food safety, animal welfare and sustainability in a unique product aimed at all types of consumers.
In October, team members from Midan Marketing attended the virtual Cultured Meat Symposium to learn more about the cultured meat and poultry products which promise (or threaten) to turn our industry on its head. As a food scientist, I was intrigued to learn about how future food is being made. As part of the customer insights team at a meat marketing agency, I was focused on what cultured meat (also referred to as cell-based meat, in vitro meat and other terms) will mean for our clients and the meat industry.
Whilst the future remains to be seen – one overriding fact in support of the alt-meat and food-tech sector is that to meet climate change targets something simply has to change. If consumers want to maintain their levels of meat consumption (including meat analogues), and the world population follows projected growth rates, perhaps rapid adoption of these innovations is the most credible solution currently presented.
Source: The Protein Gap – ClearlySo
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Learn from top industry leaders in alternative proteins, food waste, plastics, and agriculture. Red to green covers game-changing breakthroughs in the future of food. In the first season, we dive deeply into cultivated meat – real meat made without animals also known as cell-based meat. Find out how cutting edge tech can make our food industry more sustainable and healthier.
This review aims to update the current knowledge on this subject by focusing on recent publications and issues not well described previously. The main conclusion is that no major advances were observed despite many new publications. Indeed, in terms of technical issues, research is still required to optimize cell culture methodology.
Bin Alwaleed admitted that there are still a few years ahead before plant-based products reach the price point of traditional meat, but was confident that innovation and scale would bring costs down over time. “These companies are definitely working on solving these problems, but the issue is they’re going to take a little while to actually make that happen,” he said.
Eliminating the need to breed, raise and slaughter animals for food, clean meat – which is also known as cultured, cultivated or cell-based meat– offers a way to reduce the environmental impact of traditional meat production.Figures suggest that, compared to conventionally produced European meat, clean meat has the potential to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 78-96% – while also using 99% less land and 82-96% less water .