Wednesday, December 02, 2020
The salvation for vegetarians?
Company raises meat without animals
Chicken nuggets made from laboratory meat will soon be available in Singapore: The Asian city-state was the first country in the world to approve laboratory-produced chicken meat in the form of chicken nuggets for sale to consumers, according to the US producer Eat Just. This is “a breakthrough for the food industry worldwide,” said Eat-Just boss Josh Tetrick.
Eat Just produces the laboratory meat from cells taken from the animal. The company said the production had been thoroughly tested and investigated in more than 20 production runs in 1200 liter bioreactors. The grown product meets all the requirements for a food. The food inspectorate in Singapore had “extensively” tested the laboratory meat.
Meat consumption is growing rapidly worldwide; According to Eat Just, it could increase by 70 percent by 2050. Production is a driver of climate change – for example, livestock keeping and forage cultivation require large areas, and the animals also produce large amounts of ammonia. “I’m sure the Singapore regulatory approval for laboratory meat will be just the first of many,” said Tetrick. Eat Just, in cooperation with the agricultural sector and progressive politicians, can help meet the growing demand for animal protein “.
Laboratory meat could also meet with interest in Germany. 72 percent of local consumers said in a survey that they resort to meat alternatives or substitute meat for animal welfare reasons. For this reason, 49 percent of those surveyed buy alternative products to milk, according to the international study by the food company ADM. This is how German consumers differ from the international average: In other countries, according to the analysis, health and nutritional aspects are more in the foreground.
Overall, 86 percent described themselves as so-called flexitarians in the survey. Twelve percent said that they eat purely vegetarian. Two percent of the respondents said they were vegans – so they refrain from eating all foods of animal origin such as eggs or milk.