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Cellular Agriculture – What Do You Think?

Touch the Soil News #435

Cellular agriculture is about growing meat cells instead of beef cows, milk from breweries instead of from cows, egg whites from yeast cultures rather than from chickens, and turkey meat from bioreactors rather than from turkeys.

At the forefront of promoting these technologies is New Harvest, a non-profit research institute that strategically funds and conducts collaborative research that reinvents the way we make animal products – without animals.

At the heart of New Harvest’s rationale for going this direction are the demonstrated excesses and unsustainability of CAFOs – confined animal feeding operations.

New Harvest gets its funding from the Jeremy Coller Foundation. The foundation is the philanthropic extension of Jeremy Coller. Coller is one of the world’s top private equity professionals. Coller is the Chief Investment Officer of Coller Capital. The firm has stakes in over 300 private equity funds and 2,500 private companies worldwide.

Early examples of cultured meat (photo courtesy of Maastricht University, the Netherlands).

What might a factory look like that grows out muscle cells from beef cows? What would you feed those cells and how would you source the feed? How would you control food safety and integrity in an industrial cell-growth facility? Will the facility employ the use of growth hormones?

Following are three video clips each covering a section of cellular agriculture:

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