Letter: Clean meat-a friendly future for food

Recent breakthroughs in science have allowed for meat to be grown and harvested without an animal, thus allowing for the consumption of meat without the requisite slaughter of animals. This modern breakthrough is called ‘clean meat.’ Clean meat involves the growth of stem cells in an external medium, or bioreactor. The stem cells differentiate and can produce a variety of meats. Clean meat is identical to traditionally-sourced meat, which is primarily composed of 75 per cent water, 20 per cent protein, and five per cent fat. Last year, 56 billion animals were slaughtered for human consumption. In North America and most of the developed world, several animals are primarily used for meat: chicken, cattle, pigs, turkey, duck, lamb, and fish. […]

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Letter: Clean meat is the future solution to animal agriculture

Recently Memphis Meats, an innovative food company, revealed a chicken strip produced without killing a chicken. While unavailable for public consumption, the process marks a pioneering step in the future of meat production. Memphis Meats’ process of meat production is termed cell agriculture. This process involves obtaining cell samples from a particular animal, in this case a chicken, and growing them in an external medium under favourable conditions until they are ready for consumption. As well, meat obtained in this way is not genetically modified or altered. It is called clean meat. Food consumption is deeply rooted in culture and familiarity. Thus, the novelty of clean meat’s process can be disconcerting for some. However, a quick perusal through the grocery […]

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