From ABC News, US
EMERYVILLE, Calif. — A scientific quest to feed the world, protect animals and simultaneously cut down on greenhouse gas emissions is on the cusp of a major milestone in the U.S., advocates say.
In the last five months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared two American producers of lab-grown meat to bring their products to market, finding “no questions” about the companies’ claims the protein is safe for human consumption — though critics still have concerns about the industry’s financial viability relative to long-term output.
“That is a watershed moment because it’s never happened before in the history of humanity,” said Dr. Uma Valeti, founder and CEO of UPSIDE Foods, one of the approved producers.
Regulators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are now deciding how to label cultivated meat for public sale and inspect facilities that produce it. The guidelines are expected sometime this year — a final hurdle before the products can hit store shelves.
Americans were estimated to consume roughly 75 billion pounds of red meat and chicken last year, according to USDA data. That’s nearly 225 pounds per American.
“I think of our cultivated meat as the one that can fill the delta between how much meat we eat now and how much we’re going to have to produce for the next 30 years,” Valeti said.
Cultivated, or cultured-cell, meat is grown in steel bioreactors from animal stem cells that are fed a mixture of vitamins, fats, sugars and oxygen. The process results in real meat tissue without having to raise or slaughter an animal.
Meat cultivating companies like UPSIDE and some environmentalists say the technique has the potential to dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions from traditional animal farming, which also requires vast swaths of land and water as well as antibiotics for disease control.
ABC News was granted an inside look at the nation’s first and largest cultivated chicken facility, run by UPSIDE Foods in an office park outside San Francisco.
“It takes two weeks to grow the equal to one chicken, a thousand chickens or 100,000 chickens,” said Valeti, who is a cardiologist by training. What limits production is infrastructure.
UPSIDE says it can produce 50,000 pounds of cultivated chicken a year using current technology in its $50-million facility. Valeti said UPSIDE will need significant additional investment to scale up to 400,000 pounds a year — but that’s the goal.
“When we have the full force of humanity wanting to do something that is impossible, or perceived to be impossible, magical things can happen,” Valeti said.
As demand for meat products continues to soar globally, advocates and investors say cultivating meat has the potential to dramatically supplement and expand the world’s existing food supply.
Animal rights advocates say “no kill” meat is also a way to reduce suffering and alleviate concerns about unethical treatment of animal populations on large commercial farms.
The concept has drawn billions of dollars in investment. UPSIDE has attracted high-profile financing from Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Whole Foods founder John Mackey.
President Joe Biden has also thrown support behind the effort, signing an executive order in September directing the Department of Agriculture to support “cultivating alternative food sources.”
“Although the power of these technologies is most vivid at the moment in the context of human health, biotechnology and biomanufacturing can also be used to achieve our climate and energy goals,” the order states.
Animal agriculture is responsible for at least 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly equivalent — by some estimates — to the share of emissions produced by cars, trucks, trains, airplanes and ships combined.
Most of those earth-warming gasses come from cows, which produce methane, scientists say.
While UPSIDE Foods and GOOD Meat, the second FDA-approved cultivated meat company, produce chicken, dozens of other start-up companies are preparing to produce and sell cultivated beef, lamb, pork and seafood from animal cells.
Critics contend that cultivating meat is an enticing prospect but remains little more than a novelty.
“The data’s not there yet and the investment is known to be very expensive. How are you going to make an impact in the environment if you cannot scale this at a reasonable cost?” said Ricardo San Martin, director of the Alternative Meat Lab at the University of California at Berkeley.
“The narrative is very attractive. ‘I don’t need to kill chickens, and I can kind of just grow them in a vat and that’s it’ — right? But those vats are very expensive and [have] very sophisticated people running them,” said San Martin, who told ABC News research shows plant-based foods are most affordable and sustainable.
A study published in 2020 by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concluded that cultivated meat produces roughly one-fifth of the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional beef but is still five to 21 times higher than plant proteins such as tofu or peas.
Bioreactors, like those used at UPSIDE Foods, are energy intensive, said researcher Raychel Santos.
There is also a debate over what to call a new competitor in the meat department. Trade groups representing American farmers and ranchers have been lobbying the USDA to clearly brand cultured-cell products as distinct from their own pasture-raised cuts.
“All I’m asking is that it be clearly identified because there’s going to be a difference when that consumer eats that product,” said Todd Wilkinson, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “And my product doesn’t have to be genetically engineered.”
Wilkinson wants the USDA to require products from UPSIDE and GOOD to bear the markers “cultured meat” or “lab grown.”
“Something that just stands out and lets the consumer know what they’re eating,” he said.
UPSIDE’s Valeti concedes customer education will be a big hurdle to clear.
“People are buying meat right now despite how it’s made,” Valeti said of what he calls the paradox of meat. “What if we can make the process more kinder, caring, healthier, nutritious? I believe everybody will get behind it.”
He said he anticipates price-per-pound of UPSIDE chicken would start “slightly above organic,” with a goal of competing on par with conventional chicken in five to 15 years.
Once USDA labeling is approved, UPSIDE chicken is expected to land first on fine-dining menus in a handful of California restaurants.
“Our goal is to be able to be available at Michelin star restaurants or at the backyard barbecue,” Valeti said. “It’s going to take some time to get to a point where we can be everywhere.”
Carol Sweeney said – “Apparently what little information that has been reported, is that Bill’s fake phood causes cancer. ”
Just so everyone knows, that fake chicken breast looks like a big chicken-breast shaped tumor because it IS a big chicken-breast shaped tumor.
ALL of the fake “meat” products are based on (MADE FROM) immortal human cell lines which are grown in labs all around the world and which were originally sourced from cancerous tumors.
Don’t believe this allegation? Fine, do your own research and satisfy yourself. We wouldn’t want to be spreading “misinformation”, now would we? But you’d better be damn sure exactly what is “misinformation” and what’s NOT “misinformation” before you commit to ingesting creepy Bill’s lab-grown fake “meat” products. Hint – creepy Bill wants to KILL 90% of humanity.
So when you cook up and chow down on that delicious fake meat burger or that delicious fake chicken breast, then you should be happy in the knowledge that you’re eating a huge beef-flavoured cancer tumor or a huge chicken-flavoured cancer tumor.
A delicious giant cancer tumor made from cancerous human cell lines – which effectively also makes you a cannibal! Two great benefits from one delicious fake meat product – what’s not to like?
Apparently what little information that has been reported, is that Bill’s fake phood causes cancer. So I guess they will accomplish their reduction of the population and get rich.
The meat must be labelled CULTURED if that is what it is so the population can choose what they put in their mouths!!!!
FREEDOM TO CHOOSE!!!
NO THANKS….I PREFER THE REAL THING!!!!
⚠️Urgent⚠️: We need laws that clearly labels natural foods from GMO, synthetic, bug infested and “vaccine” infused frankenfoods.
Looking at the photo of the chicken on the plate was enough for me!
I felt like vomiting! It looks absolutely horrible!
With Bill Gates’ name on it, I definitely will NOT be eating it!
Gates has made it very obvious in his videos that he will cull the world population any way he can.
South African countries banned his meat months ago as they found it was not at all nutritious.Heavens knows what poisons he will put in it!
I will even become a vegan if necessary, and that, for me, is the last straw!
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Stefan said – “The evil elites and their minions and puppets (politicians) will not stop unless good men and women stop them.”
FWIW, Martin Armstrong’s AI program Socrates says that the Globalists will ultimately fail – but thier final defeat won’t eventuate until sometime around 2030.
So we’ve got another ~7 years of this shit to live through yet. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of genocidal Globalist carcasses together with their complicit stooges rotting in the fields – or their heads on pikes – before then.
This isn’t about a commercial enterprise vying for success with an innovative product in a competitive market.
This is about creepy Bill poisoning and killing us all with his BS Frankenfoods.
The genocidal Globalist psychopaths and their hordes of paid-off stooges are doubling down in every possible direction, including secretly injecting all our meat, fruit and vegeatables with their Frankensteinian concoctions, notably the so-called mRNA shit (yes, let’s be open about it, we’re talking about SHIT) and God alone knows what other diabolic creations we’re not yet privy to.
Here’s a prediction – I GUARANTEE YOU 100% that if these fake lab-made monstrosities are LABELED so that the consumer KNOWS what’s in them and KNOWS if any product actually includes any of this shit, then whatever commercial operation is pumping this shit onto the market will go broke. GUARANTEED. Because only SUICIDAL MORONS will KNOWINGLY pay for and eat this monstrous genocidal shit.
That’s why they ABSOLUTELY MUST BLOCK AND PREVENT any law or regulation from compelling such labeling or product disclosure. And that’s EXCATLY what we’re ALREADY SEEING. Good luck with figuring out what it is you’re eating by looking at the label.
One might suggest that if they fail to label such products and people are harmed by buying and consuming them, then class action suits will be in order.
Get real. These bastards OWN the judges, and they OWN the courts, just like they OWN the governments, and just like they are quite convinced that they OWN every last one of US.
Just one more compelling reason on an ever-growing list to drag all the paid-off politicians and their allied beauracrats and assorted other Globalist stooges out into the streets and string them up to lamp posts. We’re going to need more lamp posts.
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Stefan, Am in the same boat at 77 and grieve for what is clearly coming, BUT talking to a lot of under 35s they seem to be embracing it with both arms.
Stavros, Like all the other braindead crap going around in 2023 it will have an enormous appetite for SUBSIDIES, but then again it would be easy to deliver to the masses Bills jabs via “food”
Pains me to say that I am glad that I am now in the later years of my life as the world I once lived in has vanished and this new world order will be the end of humanity and our once cherished way of life forever. The evil elites and their minions and puppets (politicians) will not stop unless good men and women stop them.
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does anyone know if testing has been done on injected meat thats been cooked
So 50,000 pounds per year which is 22,679 KG. Rough price for chicken breast wholesale is about $6 per KG. That means they can produce $136,074 of chicken per year from a 50 million dollar facility. So we have 367 years to break even and that isn’t counting any of the costs to run the place. The idiocy is astounding to watch.
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