Singapore has approved lab-grown chicken cells to appear in food products to prevent animal cruelty and reduce carbon footprint.
Singapore is leading the way by approving lab-grown chicken cells to appear in food products within months.
The chicken cells incubate in bioreactors and require no animal input whatsoever. No animal cruelty issues or heavy pollutions from feed and waste that is so commonly associated with environmental pollution.
An article in The Guardian had some numbers from the meat industry to share.
“Dozens of firms are developing cultivated chicken, beef and pork, with a view to slashing the impact of industrial livestock production on the climate and nature crises, as well as providing cleaner, drug-free and cruelty-free meat. Currently, about 130 million chickens are slaughtered every day for meat, and 4 million pigs.”
Eat Just is the company that has come up with this new processing method that uses cells from a cell bank and feeds those with plant ingredients to grow.
The result is that no animals come to harm, and with a massively reduced carbon footprint to boot.
The mixture of lab-grown chicken and plant-based ingredients hasn’t reached mass production yet. But a restaurant in Singapore will be the first to see how the public reacts to it.
With meat consumption having such a heavy impact on the climate, this is a big move in the right direction.