Singapore: first country to approve lab-grown meat



Singapore became the first country to approve lab-grown meat when this country has given the US startup Eat Just Inc., a manufacturer of meat and egg substitutes, a green light to the sale lab-grown chicken meat grown in bioreactors.

Singapore: first country to approve lab-grown meat

Chicken bites from bioreactor-grown chicken will be allowed for sale in Singapore. / ph: pexels

Lab-grown chicken/fish/beef/pork is made of genuine chicken/fish/beef/pork cells, but it’s grown on a cell-growth scaffold in a factory instead of growing in a live animal.

Singapore was the first country in the world to adopt the so-called clean meat, not from slaughtered animals. Chicken bites from bioreactor-grown chicken will be allowed for sale in Singapore.

Demand for alternatives to conventional meat is on the rise as consumers have growing concerns about health, restrictions on animal slaughter and the environment.  Plant-based meat options, popularized by Beyond Meat Inc and Impossible Foods, are increasingly available on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus.  But the so-called clean or farmed meat, grown from animal cells in the lab, is still in its infancy due to the high cost of production.

Singapore is quickly allowing the sale of farmed meat, a move that aligns with its broader food security agenda.  As a populous country that relies heavily on other food nations, Singapore has focused more deeply on feeding its 5.7 million people as the COVID-19 crisis showed fragility in the supply chain worldwide. 

In response to the pandemic, Singapore is trying to produce 30% of its food by itself by 2030, up from below 10% today.  Recently, it has accelerated funding for local farms.

It is estimated that there are more than two dozen companies globally are testing lab-farmed chicken/fish/beef/pork and other animals, hoping to penetrate an unproven segment of the substitute meat market that, according to estimates, is worth $140 billion by 2029. Today, lab-grown (cultured meat) meat took one step closer to reality. It’s a technology innovation that change how the world eats toward environmentally friendly and sustainability trends.

Singapore: first country to approve lab-grown meat

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