Laboratory-grown meat is no longer a utopia. Future Meat Technologies, one of the most important companies in the development of technology to produce cultured meat, has opened the world’s first artificial meat factory. The plant, located in Rehovot, Israel, has the capacity to produce 500 kilograms of cultured meat per day, which is equivalent to 5,000 hamburgers.
The company claims to be the first in the industry to break a price record, producing farmed chicken breasts for just $ 3.90. “As our technology advances, prices will continue to drop, making farmed meat affordable around the world.” The company intends to take its production of cultured meat, clean, sustainable and without GMOs (genetically modified organism) by the year 2022 to different territories, including the United States.
The Israel factory has the capacity to produce chicken, pork and lamb in production cycles approximately 20 times faster than traditional animal agriculture. “We eliminate the need to slaughter chickens, cows, lambs or pigs for food and we ensure that our products are exclusively GMO-free.” In addition to the animal welfare implicit in growing meat, this production method generates 80 percent less CO2 emissions and uses 99 percent less land in savings. This saves 96 percent of water compared to traditional livestock.
There are currently about fifty companies developing technologies to create farmed meat. This type of product will require the approval of the health authorities of each country for its commercialization. The first to authorize production and sale of cultured meat was Singapore, which received the green light in December 2020.