Between sustainability and environmental and cleanliness concerns, there are many reasons why traditional farming has turned many people away from consuming farm-raised meats and poultry. But the rise of alternative meats, or “clean meats” has led to high-tech meat that is grown with environmental and ethical troubles in mind.
Companies like Memphis Meats, which was recently acquired by big-name meat producer Tyson, is taking the lead in alternative meats, growing their meat products in a lab and entirely bypassing the need for land and livestock. The company first produced cell-cultured meatballs in 2016, and created quite a media frenzy around the animal cell production.
But since the arrival of Tyson on board, it seems that we’re about to see many more high-tech meat options on our grocery shelves.
“We’re developing a way to produce real meat from animal cells, without the need to feed, breed and slaughter actual animals,” the company announced on their website. “We expect our products to be better for the environment (requiring up to 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, land and water than conventionally-produced meat), the animals and public health. And most importantly, they’re delicious.”
Based in San Francisco, the company is leading the growing “cultured meat” trend, and merges the concerns of animal welfare and environment to the forefront of the debate.
Trends like Meatless Monday have been around for years — and yes, help promote a more vegetarian and meat-free lifestyle — and encourage people to cut back on the amount of meat consumed in order to help preserve the planet and eliminate some of the greenhouse gasses that are a part of animal farming. Similarly, the rise of plant-based diets and cleaner eating shows that if people went dairy- and meat-free for just one day a week, the world’s carbon emissions count could be significantly reduced.
But it seems that the need for meat is not going away. Experts estimate that nearly 30 percent of the world’s land is used for the farming of livestock. And with consumers shopping for and requesting more protein on the market, there is a need to create more animal-based protein.
When the company released the world’s first clean poultry in 2017, it added to its portfolio a classic meat alternative that contains the nutrients you want from chicken, but without the setbacks in production.