Artificial meat created in the laboratory is on sale: Singapore Food Agency has issued authorization for sale. US start-up Eat Just will start to sell it in the form of croquettes. According to the company's co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick, it will be launched for the first time in a Singapore restaurant very soon.
He said: "I imagine what will happen in the United States and Europe when they see what Singapore will be able to do and the rigor of its food plan. The world's first regulatory approval of high-quality, real meat created directly from animal cells for safe human consumption thus paves the way for an imminent small-scale commercial launch in Singapore."
Plant-based meat are increasingly present on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus but, unlike these products created in laboratory is derived from animal cells grown in the laboratory, meaning that dietary fibers are obtained from animal fat and muscle stem cells grown in a culture medium that helps them to grow and multiply.
Once the process has started, it is theoretically possible to produce meat indefinitely, without having to add new cells from a living animal. The company was also in contact with US regulators but that Singapore was in the approval process.
Singapore, a city-state of 5.7 million that currently produces around 10% of its per capita food needs, has launched an ambitious plan to support high-tech agriculture and new food production tools over the next decade.The Singapore Food Agency, the regulator of the Asian state, said it reviewed data relating to the process, production control and safety tests before granting approval.
Eat Just is no stranger to the marketing of food alternatives and in 2013 launched its first product, Beyond Eggs, an egg substitute made with plant-based ingredients, such as peas, sunflower lecithin, rapeseed oil and natural gums and was placed on the market as a food free of products of animal origin, gluten and cholesterol and to be used for the production of biscuits.
We have to recall that in our previous artcile we told you how some exprerts said that less meat and animal derivatives against the climate crisis. The Paris Agreement is the first universal and legally binding agreement with the aim of combating climate change, in particular by limiting average global warming to well below 2ºC.
The goal must be rapidly and significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, which so far has resulted in an attempt to reduce emissions related to electricity generation, transport and industry. Despite this, global food production leads to atmosphere 16 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
The problem affects the entire production chain, starting with deforestation and the use of chemical fertilizers, up to methane emissions from animals on farms. To stop climate change there is precisely the adoption of a predominantly plant-based diet, said several experts in their studies.
Significantly reduce the consumption of meat and animal derivatives such as milk, cheese and eggs, within a broader production strategy aimed at environmental sustainability: this now seems the only way to stop climate change and science reminds us from time.
Researchers from the University of Oxford had published a research which clearly states that products of animal origin contribute 58% to the production of greenhouse gases related to food. Encouraging plant-based nutrition to save the planet is therefore the conclusion of the scientists.
It is therefore clear how the real change must concern what we choose to bring to the table every day, both for a matter of environmental sustainability and for ethical reasons and related to our state of health. At the same time it is demonstrated how animal proteins are harmful to health.
In fact, it should be remembered that in 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) identified processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic, group 2A of the classification.