SINGAPORE, Dec 19 – Lab-grown chicken meat made its historic debut at a restaurant in Singapore today in first cooking that the creators said would help reduce its environmental damage associated with human food production.
U.S. starter Eat Just said earlier this month that its product was approved for sale in the city as an ingredient in chicken nuggets after Singapore became the first country to let it go. by selling meat created without killing any animals.
Animal consumption is an environmental hazard as cattle produce strong greenhouse gas methane, and logging to create pastures destroys natural barriers to climate change.
The company said Wednesday that it made its first commercial sale of the product to 1880, a restaurant in Robertson’s Pier in Singapore, a riverside entertainment center.
The restaurant began serving the cultural meat tonight, saying students aged 14-18 were invited to the launch after demonstrating “a commitment to building a better planet”.
The launch, however, was closed to the media due to measures against the coronavirus.
Entrepreneur Mark Nicolson, founder of 1880, described cultural meat as a “revolutionary step towards climate change and creating an opportunity to nourish the world without overcoming it. on the planet ”.
Eat Just chief executive Josh Tetrick said this week that the launch “moves us closer to a world where most of the meat we eat doesn’t have to cut down a single forest, which ‘destroy one animal’s habitat or use one drop of antibiotics’.
Demand for sustainable alternatives to meat is on the rise due to growing consumer concerns about the environment and animal welfare, but other products on the market are plant-based.
Meat consumption is expected to increase by more than 70 percent by 2050, and laboratory alternatives have a role to play in ensuring a secure food supply, the company said.
There were concerns that plant types would be too expensive, but a spokesman for Eat Just said the company had made “significant progress” in reducing the cost. – AFP