We are fueling innovations for a sustainable meat future.
What is the deal with meat?
We live in a world that is growing exponentially and where the standard of living is getting better for most people. With this increase in wealth comes an increasing demand for meat and fish consumption. The effects of the byproducts from this industry are damaging the environment and public health. People are becoming more aware of this problem but with 3% of the population being vegetarian it has become clear that something needs to change. Getting 97% of people to stop eating meat seems like an impossible task.
Meet the new meat.
Cultured meat is a method of producing meat and fish using the (muscle)cells from an animal to create meat tissue. This may seem strange or unnatural but the product is 100% identical to the animal counterpart. We can make this meat by taking cells from an animal and expanding them under controlled conditions by feeding it the nutrients normally taken in by eating. When these cells have grown we can put them in the optimal environment so they will form muscle tissue. In 2013 the first cultured hamburger was made and eaten. This however was a proof-of-concept where the cost of this hamburger was €250.000. The cultured meat foundation wants to fund research to bring down the cost and make cultured meat available for everyone. By funding scientists that are working to fulfill our science agenda we are bringing cultured meat to market as fast as possible.
However, since this new science is in between medical science and agricultural technology there are no grants available from government subsidies. Therefore most of the work done now is either through donations or the few companies that managed to get funded. This is not enough! The cultured meat foundation want to acquire more funding to fill the gaps of knowledge that excited in this field to date. We want scientst to fulfill and work on our road-map so that cultured meat is developed in the most efficient way possible.
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