U.S. gives green light to lab-grown meat

The USDA authorizes three Californian companies to produce and sell meat grown from laboratory cells.

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The approval of this eco-futuristic law makes the USA the second country in the world, after Singapore (2020), to authorize the sale of meat grown from animal cells, as an alternative production route to traditional livestock farming.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the granting of inspections to Upside Foods, Good Meat and Joinn Biologics as the first companies to introduce in the U.S. market this innovative system to explore the future of livestock farming, and reduce the great environmental impact generated by their industry in the midst of a reality plunged into a climate emergency.


Lab-grown meat is obtained by feeding animal cells with a mixture of nutrients in stainless steel tanks, making it a practical and/or environmental and political action to save huge amounts of water used to feed all those animals that end up being slaughtered.

“The news coming out of the U.S. is an exciting development for the entire cellular agriculture ecosystem,” Maarten Bosch, CEO of Mosa Meats, a Dutch cultured meat company, tells Time’s Aryn Baker. “With regulators in Asia and North America signaling that growing meat is a safe alternative to slaughtering animals, policymakers around the world will be jumping into action so as not to miss out on the huge economic and environmental opportunity that cellular agriculture presents.”

In addition to the benefits of technological innovation and cellular experimentation, according to Time, vegetable and cultured meats emit 80% less greenhouse gases than conventional meat production. A whole series of advances that lead us to rethink whether the gastronomy of the future will end up being cultivated in the laboratory.