Due to a lack of academic research and background knowledge regarding cells and crustacean stem cells its taken them approx. two years to fill in any research gaps and to truly understand the entire biology, chemistry and physics behind the operation of stem cells, but they have “managed to make quite a bit of progress on the technology” and are looking to “commercialize this product in the next two to two and a half years.”
This limitation in the texture of lab-grown meat could inhibit its commercial viability, since many people will want more variety. But commercial pet food is a different story — it’s ground up or dried to begin with. And so the first lab-grown meat people buy might end up being for their pets, not themselves.
We’re Michelle and Leila, the founders of BIOMILQ, and we’re on a mission to provide the next generation every opportunity to thrive. We aspire to produce a cultured, human-milk product that offers families a new option for feeding babies — one that’s nutritionally equivalent to breastmilk and cultivated under safe conditions using our first-of-its-kind technology.
Research for Meatless’ product began in 2015 when Toft Bech’s wife — who is a vegetarian — got frustrated over the fact she couldn’t find a healthy alternative meat product to feed the kids. “She said: ‘I wish there was just a product that I could buy to use in normal meals like spag bol’,” Bech says.
It’s often billed as a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to beef. But a group called the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is funded by some food companies and restaurants, has started running a series of full-page ads in the New York Post and Wall Street Journal highlighting the chemical additives in alternative meat products.