People will soon have to embrace a diet filled with meat grown in labs or food and crops from genetically engineered plants. This is the reality of the future as one of the world’s largest meat producers and one of the world’s richest men both invested in artificially grown food within the same month.
On January 29, Tyson Foods announced that it invested in Memphis Meats, a Silicon Valley Startup that grows meat in a lab.
Memphis Meats was the producer of the world’s first lab-grown chicken strips from animal cells.
It was also the company behind the lab-grown meatballs in 2016 made by cultivating cow muscle tissue.
The company had also created lab-grown duck in the same year.
Memphis Meats had been targeting to make its products available for public consumption by 2021. Ultimately, it wanted to stop the killing of animals for food.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to broaden our exposure to innovative, new ways of producing meat, especially since global protein demand has been increasing at a steady rate,” Justin Whitmore, executive vice president corporate strategy and chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods, said in an official announcement. “We continue to invest significantly in our traditional meat business, but also believe in exploring additional opportunities for growth that give consumers more choices,” he added.
“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,” Uma Valeti, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats stated.
Few days earlier, Bill Gates and Britain’s Department for International Development announced founding for an agricultural project in Scotland which aims to genetically boost cows to produce more milk, make chickens lay quality eggs, and for crops to withstand natural calamities. Ultimately, Gates wanted to help the poor farmers across the world.
“There is great, world-class understanding here of both animal diseases and how we can treat it, and how we enhance the genetics so that you can get, say the same type of milk or egg productivity that we have in the UK. Getting anywhere close to that in Africa would be very transforming,” he told BBC.