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Just a couple months ago, we shared the news that Tyson Foods, the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, raising their stakes in plant-based protein producer Beyond Meat, makers of the vegan Beyond Burger. And now Tyson is yet again reaffirming their commitment to moving away from factory farming! The $150 million dollar venture capital arm of Tyson just invested in Memphis Meats, San Francisco-based makers of “clean meat” or “cultured” meat!

While the terms of the investment are undisclosed, this is a yet another huge step forward towards sustainable meat options. Tyson joins other top investors including Bill Gates, Richard Branson, KBW Ventures (led by Prince Khaled), and even major beef supplier and global food conglomerate, CargillMemphis Meats has already succeeded at producing a lab-cultured meatball and chicken nugget. With the investment from Tyson, Memphis Meats is expected to ramp up their product development.

Around half of the world’s arable land and a majority of our freshwater stores are dedicated to grazing livestock and growing feed – and yet, nearly one billion people currently suffering from hunger. If our collective demand for animal products continues to grow as we approach a population of 9.8 billion by 2050, we simply won’t have the space or water needed to keep up.

The reality is, people are likely never going to stop eating meat – but if they have the option to choose a product that is better for the environment and animals then we could truly see a major shift in our food system. We cannot afford to keep consuming the amount of meat that we do, using the factory farm system. By moving away from giant animal feeding operations that produce more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation industry – in addition to water pollution – and concentrating meat production to contained labs, we start to heal the planet and, importantly, feed our population without causing undue harm.

We are thrilled to see Tyson Foods continue to take part in the move towards a more sustainable future. As the population becomes more aware of the impact of industrialized agriculture, the demand for plant-based proteins and clean meat will only keep growing.

“Our vision is for the world to eat what it loves, in a way that addresses today’s challenges for the environment, animal welfare, and public health. We are accelerating our work and building out a world-class team to make this a reality,” said Uma Valeti, M.D., Co-Founder and CEO of Memphis Meats.

We can’t wait to see what Memphis Meat has in store next! For more information about trends in the plant-based food space and new companies joining in.

To learn more about clean meat and the people working to make it a reality, check out this recent episode of the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast featuring Bruce Friedrich:

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Christine Stewart
8 Months Ago

I am too upset over the stories of Tyson cruelty to animals to want to buy any of their products, even if the products themselves are vet. I know it is hard to be perfect, when all the world is owned by a handful of companies... but I will stick with tofurky italian sausages- YUM!

8 Months Ago

While some animal protection organizations applaud the idea, meat grown in a laboratory could never be called vegan, would still be environmentally wasteful, and would not be cruelty-free.

Laboratory-Grown Meat Contains Animal Products
Although the number of animals affected would be greatly reduced, laboratory-grown meat would still require the use of animals. When scientists created the first laboratory-grown meat, they started with muscle cells from a live pig. However, cell cultures and tissue cultures typically do not live and reproduce forever. To mass-produce laboratory-grown meat on an ongoing basis, scientists would need a constant supply of live pigs, cows, chickens and other animals from which to take cells.

According to The Telegraph, "Prof Post said the most efficient way of taking the process forward would still involve slaughter. He said: \'Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells from there.\'"

Furthermore, these early experiments involved growing the cells “in a broth of other animal products,” which means that animals were used and perhaps killed in order to create the broth. This broth is either the food for the tissue culture, the matrix upon which the cells were grown, or both. Although the types of animal products used were not specified, the product could not be called vegan if the tissue culture was grown in animal products.

Later, The Telegraph reported that pig stem cells were grown "using a serum taken from a horse fetus," although it is unclear whether this serum is the same as the broth of animal products used in the earlier experiments.

Post\'s final experiments involved shoulder muscle cells taken from two organically raised calves and grown "in a broth containing vital nutrients and serum from a cow fetus."

8 Months Ago

RE: "Clean Meat"

Most higher-end consumers will continue to choose "organic" and "local" animal flesh over synthetic, lab-grown meats. Why? Because they are figured as "authentic." Michael Pollan sneers when the topic of syn-meat comes up: like, who would want THAT? Just think about how educated Americans have been steering away from "processed" and "artificial" foods for a generation. And now we want them to eat burgers made with lab-grown cow cells? No way. The meat industry will turn right around and promote authentic meat even more heavily than they do now.

The whole synthetic meat movement is perpetuating the lie that the only reason, or main reason, we can\'t have universal veganism and an end to animal agriculture is because there are no "good" alternatives. That, and the lie that the reason people "can\'t" (or won\'t) give up eating animals is because animals just taste TOO GOOD.

What\'s going to happen with this stuff is precisely what happened to Whole Foods and the whole "humane meat" industry: synthetic meats will not be competing with cheaper meat commodities; this industry will be competing with the chi-chi market for specialized foods. So the price point is going to be set high, because that\'s where the market is going to be most lucrative (because this is capitalism). Meanwhile, as I said, if the typical consumer is faced with a menu of "real" chicken and "synthetic real" chicken, he/she is going to choose the real chicken most of the time, or so I believe.

If humans think so little of the dignity or suffering of animals that they can\'t or won\'t countenance giving up farmed animal flesh until and unless there is an exact, one-to-one replacement, in taste, texture, availability, etc., then what are the odds that they will make any concerted effort to switch to synthetic meats at all?

Some ideas from:
John Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D.

8 Months Ago


Why “growing meat without animals” is NOT a solution....

On Jan. 10, this was published, “Slaughter-Free Flesh for Humanity,” which drew fire from some animal rights advocates including Joan Harrison, whose letter, “When Even \'Clean Meat\' Isn\'t Clean Enough,” appeared in The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2018, as follows:

Regarding Matthew Scully\'s review of Paul Shapiro\'s "Clean Meat" (Books, Jan. 6): I\'m afraid I cannot agree with my fellow activists\' enthusiasm about so-called clean meat. The new technology may relieve animal suffering to some extent in the short term by using donor herds, which would suffer and be enslaved to provide cells out of which meat is then laboratory grown. Though this may end factory farming, which would be a blessing, it will do nothing to end the public\'s identification of animals with food. Indeed, it will likely confirm this.

The object is not to end factory farming; the object is to end animal farming as such. The promoting of meat of this sort is thus a pernicious undermining of animal liberation. According to psychology professor and animal activist Bill Crain, experiments show that people eating the flesh of animals generally perceive animals in a negative light in contrast to people who don\'t. Is this something we really wish to encourage? What about flesh emerging from a bioreactor? Why not promote Monsanto\'s GMOs? And what about developing meat from human cells? If the latter is repulsive to you, and clean meat from cows, pigs, chickens and lambs nevertheless seems okay, you are still under the sway of speciesism, the evils of which are well known. A simpler solution is available, though it\'ll take some time, one that is consistent with and would facilitate the liberating of animals both nonhuman and human: adopting a plant-based diet. It\'s already happening.
Joan Harrison
New York

30 Jan 2018

Disgusting. Fake food made in a lab is extremely dangerous. The fact that Bill Gates is part of this leaves no doubt of this. Open your eyes. Do your research. They are calling their frankenfood "green" to fool the sheople and sadly it will work. woe are we people, woe are we

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