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Cellular Agriculture and the Monsanto Lesson

Feb 22, 2018

We live in an anti-GMO era.

Nearly all the companies and players in cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) have made a conscious effort to distance themselves from GMOs. While it is true that none of their final products contain genetically modified organisms (the modified yeast are not included in the final product and cell-cultured meat will initially come from unmodified animal cells), cell ag companies have worked to brand themselves entirely differently from that technology by not...

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Cellular Agriculture: The Products Leading a Revolution

Feb 14, 2018

This article was originally published in February 2018. Last updated in May 2019

From the first cultured hamburger in 2013, cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’) will soon be available at a store near you! Cell ag refers to the field of growing animal products from cells instead of raising animals for them, and quite a few cellular agriculture companies are working to get their first products to market. While some actors and companies, like Dr. Mark Post of Mosa Meat,...

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Plant-Based Meats

Feb 08, 2018

Meat consumption is reaching new heights around the world. With the demand for animal products rising from 60 billion animals in 2016 to 100 billion animals by 2050, the environmental and health impacts of eating meat will only increase. Livestock agriculture already uses about 30% of all fresh water resources and contributes to at least 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions (global transportation contributes to 12% of all emissions). On top of that, the large amounts of antibiotics given to...

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January 2018: The Month in Review

Feb 01, 2018

It is only the beginning of 2018, and it is already shaping up to be a great year for cellular agriculture (‘cell ag’). With reports that global meat consumption is increasing, the need for more progress and development into cultured meat and other meat alternatives are important. In 2018, for example, the average American will consume 222.2 pounds (100.8kg) of red meat or poultry. That’s equivalent to eating approximately 800 quarter-pounder burgers in the year, or 2.4 per...

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Cellular Agriculture: The Obstacles Ahead

Jan 25, 2018

This article was updated in May 2019

From the first $300,000 burger in 2013, a lot has changed in cellular agriculture. Since that taste test, cellular agriculture companies have gotten traction and have gone beyond their own taste tests.

Beyond cell-based meat, cellular agriculture has gained momentum elsewhere too. Modern Meadow exhibited a proof-of-concept shirt designed with their cell ag bioleather at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Perfect Day Foods and Clara Foods are...

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Lab Grown Clothing

Jan 18, 2018

Leather was first made over 5,000 years ago around 3500 BCE. Today, it is an industry worth $100 billion annually. In 2014, the industry was worth $77 billion, of which more than 60% of leather goods sold was footwear. As the demand for animal products like meat rises, so will the supply of animal hides to produce leather. At the same time, however, it’s important to note that the leather industry is wasteful with its animal hides. Due to scars, insect bites, and other blemishes,...

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Cellular Agriculture Goes Fishing

Jan 11, 2018

More than 3 billion people rely on fish for at least 20% of their animal protein. In the last 50 years, annual fish consumption has doubled to be above 20kg per person. While practices like aquaculture have led to an increased supply of farmed fish, about one-third of commercial fishing is done at biologically unsustainable levels.

Overfishing, coupled with destructive practices like bottom trawling, occurs at unsustainable levels that deplete global fish populations faster than can be...

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Cellular Agriculture: From Lab to Market

Jan 04, 2018

In 2013, Dr. Mark Post's team developed the first cultured meat product. It took three lab technicians three months to grow and put together 20,000 cow muscle fibers to make the first $330,000 lab-grown burger. In the coming years, several cellular agriculture ('cell ag') companies are preparing to release their first commercial product. Scaling of the production process will be important to ensure that cell ag is a commercially viable option. There are four key areas that need to be further...

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A Future Without Livestock

Dec 30, 2017

The year is 2025. The world population has grown to 8.2 billion people. The global food system has changed dramatically to deliver food.  Blockchain technology is starting to spread globally to improve food safety and bring transparency into the food supply chain around the world. Getting protein from conventional animal sources has begun to become a practice of the past. Following the successful launch of products like cell-cultured meat and milk, cellular agriculture...

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Cellular Agriculture: The Future of Food

Dec 22, 2017

In 2013, food critic and writer Hanni Ruetzler took a taste out of a dish costing more than $300,000 and remarked how it was "close" to tasting like real beef [1]. The dish in question was not a plant-based meat alternative; it was in fact real beef - beef that was made in a lab! This taste test was the first lab-grown beef dish, and it was created by Dr. Mark Post and his cellular agriculture research team in the Netherlands. Cellular agriculture encompasses the fascinating field of growing...

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