According to experts, lab-grown meat could hit the shelves within five years


According to food and health experts, Australians may see laboratory-grown or “cultivated” meat on supermarket shelves within the next decade.

“Our goal is to ensure that products dominate supermarket shelves within the next 5-10 years,” said Professor Johannes le Coutre of the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering. Said..

“The ambition is to make the cost lower than the cost of traditional meat to be acceptable to consumers, but we’re not there yet,” Coutre said.

Cultivated meat, which is about 30 times more expensive than real meat, is made from cells biopsied from live animals. The cells then grow in large bats into a material that has the same nutritional characteristics, appearance, texture, and flavor characteristics as real meat.

It gives scientists a large amount of control over nutritional content, avoids the antibiotics often used in commercial agriculture, and makes it more sustainable.

But Australian nutritionist Alan Barclay said claiming to be more nutritious was “probably hard to prove for now.”

It is still unclear whether the nutrients in cultivated meat will be effective when circulated and introduced into the body.

“I don’t think there will be big cuts of cultivated meat hanging in supermarkets within the next five to ten years,” Berkeley told AAP.

The difficulty lies in persuading many Australians to switch to cultivated meat.

This means keeping costs down, making it taste like meat, and making it socially acceptable to consumers.

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A nugget made from laboratory-grown chicken, announced in the media on December 22, 2020. Singapore is the first country to allow the sale of meat made without slaughtering animals. (Nicholas Yo / Getty Images)

Some people consider a vegan diet to be appetizing. Plant-based meat substitutes are not always considered to be similar in texture and flavor to real meat.

“Don’t confuse the two,” Coutre said. “Real meat cells are smaller and richer in nutrients than water-rich plant cells.”

“People should eat vegetable materials such as vegetables, beans, peas and legumes. That’s great and great. But I continue to believe that meat products should be consumed in moderation. And With the future of cell farming, we can do this in a sustainable way. “

According to Coutre, laboratory-grown meat products are likely to first appear in stores for products used as ingredients in recipes such as stocks and seasonings.

The emergence of the cellular agriculture industry is steering the growing global demand for food from the agricultural industry. Sustainable material production can range from meat to seafood to the dairy industry, Coutre said.

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