HYDERABAD: The Humane Society International (HSI)/India and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), one of India’s premier institutions for scientific research, have announced a partnership to develop and promote a laboratory-grown meat in India. Called ‘clean meat,’ it is touted to be the next revolution in the way meat is produced.
In a joint statement, they said by collaborating with the Atal Incubation Centre under CCMB, the partnership looks to promote the technology to develop clean meat, while bringing startups and regulators under the same roof.
The effort to develop clean meat has emerged due to the unsustainable methods of large-scale industrial animal agriculture, said the joint statement. The current intensive practices neglect basic animal welfare, and consequently pose a threat to the environment and food security, it said.
Clean meat can be consumed by those who have a dietary preference for animal meat, while eliminating the drawbacks of the current meat consumption trends. Clean meat production requires far less land and water than conventional meat production and alleviates repercussions of exponential climatic change. The joint statement further said the technology does not require antibiotics, produces no bacterial contamination and ensures the welfare of animals.
“While technology exists to multiply literally any type of cell, including mammalian cells, the scaling up of the same in an economically affordable manner as a meat substitute remains a major challenge,” said Rakesh Mishra, director, CCMB. “There may also be cultural and social factors that will need to be addressed for this to be socially acceptable. Scaling up of cell multiplication at industrial level is also desirable for the upcoming era of bio-actives and bio-therapeutics that are expected to replace the chemical drugs in future,” he said. Terming the initiative as history in making, NG Jayasimha, managing director for HSI/India, said: “Clean meat technology is taking the world by storm with even the biggest meat producers investing in companies developing clean meat.”