World may get a taste of clean meat in 2019

Dec 17, 2018, 7:12 AM EST
(Source: Dejan Krsmanovic/flickr)
(Source: Dejan Krsmanovic/flickr)

Clean meat, cultured from cells grown in a bioreactor, holds tremendous promise for the environment. No methane emissions, no carbon footprints from the rearing of livestock, and no fretting over waste management.

This sustainable, “revolutionary new type of food” could play a significant role in managing our carbon budget and keeping the brisk rate of global warming under check, notes LeapsMag. Estimates show that even a complete transition to green electricity wouldn’t be enough to reverse catastrophic climate change unless coupled with other measures of slashing our carbon emissions, and cultured meat is one of the better solutions.

It’s encouraging to see that meat producers are welcoming the disruption, and in fact, Tyson Foods and Cargill, are investing in startups working on clean meat. The year 2019 could be the moving phase for the budding industry of cultured meat, with a high likelihood that this green food may hit the shelves in the U.S. by the year-end, writes Forbes.