As noted above—and top of mind for animal advocates like us—cell-cultivated meat offers slaughter-free animal products. It has the potential to dramatically reduce the number of animals forced into factory farming systems (currently over 9 billion animals in the US each year alone).
But that’s just one attribute that carries the potential for a more humane and sustainable food system. Cell-cultivated products have the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of land, water, and other resources currently used to produce conventional animal proteins. Producing meat by raising animals requires huge amounts of land to grow their food and growing feed crops represents nearly 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions of raising chickens in factory farms, and 50-70% of emissions from raising pigs. In contrast, research has shown that cell-cultivated meat is three times more efficient in using land to produce meat than chickens, and has the potential to have lower carbon footprints than raising cows and pigs as well.
So, what does this news really mean? Can I buy cell-cultivated meat now?
With the latest news toward the end of June, both companies can now market their products in the US. But, the cost of production is still high so the initial launch for both products will be at just a few high-end restaurants. Many are no doubt curious about how far we may be from seeing cell-cultivated meat in stores. As they expand their production capacities, and as other companies go through the approval process, cell-cultivated products will be able to reach a wider market.
Stay tuned for updates on this story as well as the cell-cultivated meat overall!