Artificial meat will be produced in the USA
Cultured meat is presented as an alternative to “classic” meat from our farms. In the face of global warming, which we never stop talking about, and the rise of certain movements for the protection of animals and the end of slaughterhouses, certain companies have seized the opportunity and hope to position themselves well on the market.
This “farm” will be able to produce 180 tons per year, according to the hopes of Future Meat Technology, a pioneer in the field and the first to have opened such a structure, located not far from Tel Aviv in Israel.
The breeding of animals for consumption alone represents between 14 and 18% of these gas emissions, depending on the source. The alternative of artificial meat, which would eventually replace this activity, would drastically reduce this score.
Anyway, if this seems to be an idea able to solve some society problems, it remains today utopian on some points. First of all, in order to convince the most fervent meat lovers, it will be necessary to propose a product that offers taste and texture identical to what we find at our butcher’s shop; an objective that has not yet been reached by researchers, despite the efforts made with spices to create an illusion.
Also, according to the UN, this consumption should double by 2050. But many entrepreneurs want to invest in the field, there is already a factory of artificial salmon installed in San Francisco by the company Wild Type. It should be noted that the production of this meat will have to be regulated by the Novelfood legislation; as it is considered as a new food, the law imposes very strict regulations to be respected.
In summary, even if the meat from cellular agriculture seems ready to be on our shelves, there are still a few steps to take before we can hope to taste a real artificial steak.