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Food trends come and go but meat has been a chief staple of human civilization for millennia, and indicators suggest that global demand for meat will double by 2050. Research also indicates that meat consumption could be halved in high-income countries by 2030.

Animal agriculture takes up roughly 45% of the global ice-free land surface area and is responsible for a major share of the damage caused in global land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, and to the loss of biodiversity. Research shows its direct impacts on climate change to be at least 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The advent of “clean” “cultured” “cell-based” “cultivated” meat presents a game-changing alternative. For example, compared to conventional beef, cell-based beef is estimated, at scale, to reduce land use by more than 95%, climate change emissions by 74% to 87%, and nutrient pollution by 94%.

Research Articles:

  1. Thornton, P., Herrero, M., & Erickson, P. (2011). Livestock and climate change. International Livestock Research Institute.
  2. Kruska, R. L., Reid, R. S., Thornton, P. K., Henninger N., & Kristjanson P. M. (2003). Mapping livestock-oriented agricultural production systems for the developing world. Agricultural Systems, 77, (1), 39-63
  3. Steinfeld, H., Gerber, P., Wassenaar, T., Castel, V., Rosales, M., & de Haan, C. (2006) Livestock’s long shadow: environmental issues and options. FAO, Rome, Italy.
  4. Msangi, S., & Rosegrant, M. W. (2011). Feeding the future’s changing diets: implications for agriculture markets, nutrition, and policy. Edited by Shenggen Fan and Rajul Pandya-Lorch, 65. Retrieved on page 6
  5. Tuomisto and de Mattos 2011; Tuomisto et al. (2014); Matrik C.S. et al. (2015)