In an effort to combat the inhumane and unsustainable meat industry, scientists have been working to bring clean meat, or “meat without slaughter,” to markets around the globe.
According to The Economic Times, Humane Society International (HSI) India and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad have united to promote technology and development to bring clean meat to the Indian market. “Internationally, clean meat is predicted to hit the market by the end of 2018,” says Alokparna Sengupta, deputy director at HSI India. “In India, we expect it to be available by 2025.”
By scaling up production globally, the cost of clean meat will decrease and more people will be able to afford it.
In The Huffington Post, HSI India writes that clean meat should be the next food revolution:
Cellular agriculture offers an efficient way to produce real meat without cruelty to animals and using far fewer resources. In this process, products like poultry and pork are produced from cell cultures, creating real flesh-and-tissue meat but without the problems currently associated with meat production.
Not only does clean meat require zero animal slaughter; it eliminates the harmful environmental effects of raising animals at factory farms. And with 71 percent of Indians consuming meat, clean meat could drastically change the game.
For one thing, animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. In fact, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions. Chicken production generates 25 times more CO2 than grain production per calorie.
What’s more, meat production uses significantly more resources than plant-based food. For example, 1 kg of mutton requires 8,000 litres of water to produce, and 1 kg of chicken requires 4,000 litres. Insane, right?!
Clean meat will both help the planet and spare countless animals a life of misery at factory farms. Cows, pigs, and chickens are treated like unfeeling objects, and their short lives are marked by unimaginable cruelties: intensive confinement, agonising mutilations, and violent deaths.