LAB-GROWN CHICKEN NUGGETS MAY BE COMING TO A SUPERMARKET NEAR YOU
It’s no secret that meat production takes a toll on the environment—according to Business Insider, “traditional livestock farming accounts for 18% of greenhouse emissions, uses 47,000 square miles of land annually, and exhausts 70% of the world’s water.”
But if the solution to curbing the impact of meat production is growing tissue-engineered meat in a lab, will people get on board? That’s the question San Francisco-based startup Memphis Meats, among others like the Netherland’s Mosa Meat, is hoping to answer. After announcing last February that it had produced lab-grown meatballs, the company has now also developed lab-grown duck and chicken—creating the world’s first lab-grown chicken strips from animal cells. According to some brave folks who attended Memphis Meats’ tasting luncheon, the chicken tastes like the real deal.
In a press release, Uma Valeti, co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats, said, “It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals. This is a historic moment for the clean meat movement.”
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