Lab-grown meat is not a new topic. When the announcement of making burger patty in the lab was made in 2013, it was very seriously circulated in the media. Announced around 2013, the idea was long known. Lab-grown is mainly meat produced through cell culture inside the animal body. It does not require slaughtering animals in traditional practices. Lab-grown meat is called by different names. Cultured meat, healthy meat, vat-grown meat, cell-based meat, clean meat, cultivated meat and synthetic meat are among them.

But many institutions are now working to expand in commercial form. Because if the price of Lab-grown meat is beyond the purchasing ability of the customer, its commercial journey will come to a halt at the beginning. In 2013, the 1st cultured meat hamburger patty cost USD 325,000 and took 2 years [1]. This price is too high for customers so research is going on to make it available.

1st cultured meat hamburger Source: wikimedia

The world's first company ‘Eat Just’ approved by Singapore food organization for commercial sale of the lab-grown ‘chicken bytes’ produced on December 2, 2020 [2]. Various organizations and organizations around the world are researching lab-grown meat to bring a certain amount of lab-grown meat to the market. But food like lab-grown meat has to go through an 18 month test before it is launched. In this test, the manufacturing company has to prove that the food they make is safe. This entire process is carried out under the supervision of the European Food Safety Authority[3].

Name Area Focus Market Entry
Because Animals United States Pet food 2022 (Aug 2021 claim)
BioTech Foods Spain Pork 2021 (July 2019 claim)
Eat Just United States Meat December 2020 (restaurants)
Foieture project Belgium Foie gras 2023 (Dec 2019 claim)
Meatable Netherlands Pork 2022 (Jan 2020 claim)
VOW Foods Australia Kangaroo 2021 (restaurants) (Oct 2019 claim)

In addition to these organizations, Many are doing research [4]

Considering the environment, Lab-grown will be given more priority.  Because climate problems are one of the most worrying things today. Naturally animal farming and meat production are one of the causes of global warming and water, air pollution. But meat production in the lab is more effective than natural meat production and reduces the environment pollution and use of the land. According to research, Lab-grown meat production on the environment will naturally put less pressure on meat production than it is[5].

Grow bone in a lab Source: wired

But there can be a lot of problems in the expansion of lab meat commercially. This meat made in the lab does not have bones and blood. But it is  possible to produce bones  in the laboratory[6].  Lab-grown meat may taste and look a little different than natural meat. People may have different reactions. In the case of lab meat, it will be greatly reduced in the killing of animals that are eco-friendly. But its price is much higher and its demand is very low. But in the coming years, if prices go down, it will become popular like regular meat. There is also a religious feeling here. Because this meat is not available in the natural rules. There may be many differences of opinion about lab grown meat.

Reference:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/science/engineering-the-325000-in-vitro-burger.html
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/02/no-kill-lab-grown-meat-to-go-on-sale-for-first-time
  3. https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2019/11/05/Biotech-Foods-discusses-cultured-meat-trend
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultured_meat#:~:text=The first cultured beef burger patty was created,live television in London on 5 August 2013
  5. https://impakter.com/our-sustainable-future-lab-grown-meat/
  6. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/lab-grown-bone-biomedical-engineering-osteoporosis-amputees