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The FDA Tackles Lab-Grown Meat

Touch the Soil News #1066 (Feature photo – The first cultured meat sample produced in 2013 – CCA 3.0 Unported) Often called “cultured meat”, lab-grown meat has attracted millions of venture capital dollars to bring the process to commercialization. The production of animal meat amidst growing demand has pushed environmental and resource limitations to the forefront of public debate. Land to graze and feed meat animals has been at the forefront of global rainforest decimation. The growing interest for meat grown from animal cells in a laboratory environment raises questions about safety, cleanliness and manufacturing processes. Recently, AgFunder News published a news piece on the issues as the FDA is…

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Traditional Meat – On the Way Out?

Touch the Soil News #806 (Feature photo – Library of Congress) Three Israeli companies – SuperMeat, Future Meat Technologies and Meat the Future are only three (3) of eight companies in the world growing meat from animal cells in laboratories as reported by Quartz Magazine. These three Israeli companies, however, just inked a $300 million deal with China to partner up in working to create and commercialize lab-grown meat. The International Trade Centre reports that China imported more than $10 billion in meat last year. China now eats more meat than the U.S. and livestock is responsible for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas pollution. According to the Times of Israel,…

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The Battle Over Meat is Growing

Touch the Soil News #690 (photo courtesy of Beyond Meat) Rabobank, the world’s largest agricultural lender, recently reported that Americans eat 193 pounds of meat annually – 3.7 pounds per week. Of the meat we eat, 45 percent is chicken, 28 percent is beef and 27 percent is pork. In terms of dollars, purveyors of meat are competing for a piece of the roughly $185 billion a year Americans spend on meat. However, the purveyors of meat are starting to break into pieces. Yes, meat from animals is the primary source of meat. However, small as they may be, meat from plant proteins and meat from lab-cultured meat cells are…

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