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April 2018: The Month in Review

May 02, 2018

Following all the exciting news in the first quarter, April continues cellular agriculture’s incredible year! Cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) refers to the field of growing animal products (like meat, milk, and leather) from cell cultures instead of raising animals for them. From contrasting responses from the meat industry to new startups (and older ones with new products), this article highlights some of the key events that happened in cellular agriculture...

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The Sustainable Future of Pet Food

Apr 25, 2018

Americans own 184 million dogs and cats. And who can blame them – pets are incredible! Dogs and cats make amazing and caring companions, it’s no surprise that approximately 68% of Americans own either one of them and spend $30 billion annually to take care of their furry friends. What is surprising, however, is the environmental impact of their pet foods.

Pet food is one of the largest consumers of meat in the world. America’s...

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3 Misconceptions about Cell-based Meat

Apr 18, 2018

This article was updated in September 2019

Cultured Meat.

The USCA doesn’t want it to be considered meat. The NCBA says it does count as meat but should be as strictly regulated as slaughterhouses.

Some call it clean meat, others cell-based meat or cultivated meatBut what is it really?

Cultured meat is meat grown from cell cultures in a process known as cellular agriculture. Cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) is the field of growing animal...

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Interview: Bruce Friedrich, CEO of Good Food Institute

Apr 11, 2018

Bruce Friedrich is the CEO and co-founder of the Good Food Institute, a non-profit that promotes the growth and rise of plant-based meat alternatives as well as cellular agriculture. Friedrich has done several TedTalks regarding the future of food and the importance of finding a sustainable source of proteins and animal products. He has also written the book Clean Protein with Kathy Freston. He is an advisor to New Crop Capital, a venture capital firm that...

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March 2018: The Month in Review

Apr 04, 2018

Following all the developments in January and February, March continued cellular agriculture’s great start to the year. Cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) is the field of growing animal products from cells instead of raising animals for them. From new investments and partnerships to the FDA’s first comments about cultured meat, this article highlight some of the key events that happened in cellular agriculture during the month of March.

New...

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New Lab-Grown Fish Meat Startup Raises $3.5 million in Seed Funding

Mar 28, 2018

Earlier today, it was announced on TechCrunch that startup Wild Type raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The round of funding was led by Spark Capital and also featured Root Ventures, Mission Bay Capital, and other investors.

Wild Type was founded by Justin Kolbeck and Aryé Elfenbien. Kolbeck worked in the US Foreign Service in Afghanistan for over a year and saw first-hand the devastation and issues relating to food security. When Kolbeck returned to the US, he...

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6 Terms Changing Food Forever

Mar 21, 2018

This article was updated in May 2019

From the first lab-grown dish in 2013, cellular agriculture has clearly progressed. Since then, more companies and investors have entered the field to further develop it. As the field continues to progress to one-day become the future of food, cellular agriculture has attracted a lot more media attention which includes funding of companies in the millions of dollars. On the flip side the US Cattle Association has filed a petition as they are...

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Tasting the Future: the Impossible Burger

Mar 14, 2018

I found my way through the busy streets to the Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington D.C. It was a Tuesday, but the crowd and large line could convince you that it was the weekend. I was told that I would have to wait, unless I managed to find space at the bar. I found a crowded corner with enough space to squeeze in. It’s a Tuesday, do I really want to deal with this? I saw the menu and reminded myself why I was here:

It’s finally time to try the Impossible...

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The Fight for the word Meat

Mar 07, 2018

In February 2018, the US Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) filed a petition with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to narrow the definition of ‘meat’. In the petition, the USCA requests that meat and beef be defined as coming from the flesh of an animal that has been raised, slaughtered and harvested in the ‘traditional’ manner. This petition is clearly a reaction to the emergence of cultured meat via cellular agriculture (‘cell...

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February 2018: The Month in Review

Mar 01, 2018

Following all the exciting news in January, February has continued cellular agriculture’s great start to the year. Cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) refers to the field of growing animal products from cells instead of raising animals for them, and it has been in the media this month for quite contrasting reasons. From new investments to the first response by the cattle industry, this article will highlight some of the key events in cellular agriculture during...

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