Animal flesh consumption has been on the rise worldwide since the early 1960s. People in some nations, such as the US, Australia, and Argentina, consume more meat as compared to those elsewhere. Anyhow, as a general rule, human beings’ appetite for meat keeps growing, although vegan meat producers may say the same thing about their products.
Factory farming is among the main threats to the environment. Many wild areas are changed to make way for farm crops and animals. According to the latest statistics, cows and human beings constitute over 96% of mammals on our planet.
Animal agriculture has played a part in climate change and widespread deforestation, plus it has polluted water bodies and affected biodiversity. So, we should start giving up meat use a little more. Are you wondering how to do it? The answer would be as follows.
What Is Vegan Meat?
The term refers to any product sold as a substitute for animal protein sources, such as jackfruit or tofu. Jackfruit and tofu derivatives have been in existence for years. Those are popular products because of their high calcium and protein content, as well as the meat-like chewiness and firmness.
Newer, more advanced plant-based animal protein alternatives have quickly become popular in a market that meat products have traditionally dominated.
What Does Lab-Made Meat Mean?
It means a form of meat made with a scientific process known as tissue culture or cell culture. For that reason, the term ‘cell-cultured is also used to describe it.
Fat cells or adipocytes are sourced from an animal that is already part of the system of meat processing, or from a healthy one through a painless form of biopsy. For species of poultry, it is possible to take their cells from eggs.
Producers put the cell in a big SS tank where they feed it nutrients up to the time it splits and grows. It is also offered growth factors, the substances that essentially tell the cell what it should do.
The procedure may take around three weeks, according to the meat type being created. Over time, the cells would grow into an entire piece of meat and be shaped into chicken strips, nuggets, or burgers.
Does all the above information sound cool? Even if it does, you may find it unfortunate that lab-made meat is still not commercially available. Some companies continue to work on it, while others make their mainstream vegan burgers and other plant-based alternatives to meat.