Earlier this month, US Senator Cory Booker visited California’s Eat Just. The San Francisco start-up creates cell-based chicken grown in a laboratory. Booker, who has had a mainly plant-based diet since the 1990’s sampled the cell cultivated chicken exclaiming it “tastes phenomenal.”
Following the visit to Eat Just, Booker was a guest on podcast ‘Pod Save America” stating he was “blown away” by the taste of the lab-grown chicken he sampled. He commented further that “empathy is the most necessary ingredient in change. You have to get people to know first — to confront the moral urgencies.”
Lab-grown meat has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of meat production. Traditional livestock farming is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and water consumption. Lab-grown meat has a much smaller environmental footprint, requiring less land, water, and energy to produce.
The production of lab-grown meat does not require the slaughter of animals, which is a key ethical consideration for many people. Lab-grown meat could provide a cruelty-free alternative to traditional meat production, while still providing the same nutritional value and taste.
Future of Cultivated Meat
GOOD Meat, the cultivated meat division of food technology company Eat Just, Inc., announced today that it has received a "no questions" letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of one of the agency’s first pre-market consultations for a new kind of meat, poultry and seafood made from cells instead of raised and slaughtered animals. The letter means that following a careful and rigorous evaluation, the FDA has accepted the company’s conclusion that its first poultry product, cultivated chicken, is safe to eat. The United States joins Singapore as a global leader in creating a regulatory pathway to market for real, safe, high-quality meat produced directly from animal cells.