As the plant-based”meats” produced by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are becoming more and more popular, artificial meat (real meat grown from animal cells in the laboratory, also known as cellular agriculture) may be the next Frontier of food technology development. The meat cultivated in the laboratory not only eliminates the link of slaughtering animals, but also can significantly reduce the impact of traditional animal agriculture on the environment and land use.
New Harvest is a non-profit organization in Alberta that provides funds and conducts scientific research on”artificial meat” technology. Its executive director, Isha Datar, is a globally recognized pioneer of”artificial meat” technology By. She believes that in the future, we will inevitably see the appearance of food produced by cell culture on the market, which will change our food supply chain. Cameron Semper, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, has received funding from New Harvest and is developing a new growth medium specifically designed for fish cell culture.
So far, more than 50 start-up technology companies around the world are producing laboratory beef, pork and seafood, and a large number of scientific researchers are committed to the research of cellular agriculture. Edmonton-based startup Future Fields is also working to reduce the cost of laboratory meat, and has developed an effective growth medium that is said to be much lower than most laboratories use.
Industry insiders believe that laboratory-grown meat will become a reality sooner or later, and it is estimated that “artificial meat” will occupy about 10%of the meat market in the next ten years. Datar believes that a large number of plant protein crops are planted in Alberta, Canada, and an industrial supply chain from raw materials to”artificial meat” is being formed, and it is expected to become a leader in this emerging industry.