the revolutionary meat dishes grown to save the Earth

A startup has announced it will sell lab-grown meat of exotic animals such as lions and zebras. It is a revolution that protects the fauna and the planet.

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Primordial foodsa British startup specializing in lab grown meathas announced that it will bring to market based products exotic animalsamong which zebra sushi, lion burger And elephant morsels. Although the names of these dishes may appear monstrous, no animals shown on the packages are killed. The meat, in fact, comes from a handful of cells made to multiply in appropriate bioreactorwhere they are fed with a special mix of amino acids, carbohydrates And micronutrients without any growth hormone, antibiotic or genetically modified product (GMO), as pointed out by the manufacturer.

What you get with lab-grown meat is the nutritional intake and sensory experience of real meat, but without the negative elements of cholesterolof the saturated fats and above all the impact on nature and animals, as explained to Metro by Dr. Yilmaz Bora, founder of Primeval Foods. There are several companies that are launching themselves on this new potential market, including Ivy Farm associated with the University of Oxford (specialized in the production of sausages and hamburgers) and CellulaREvolution, which is developing innovative bioreactors. Good Dog Food and Bond Pet Foods are aiming to develop cultured meat for pets. All these companies are oriented towards products based on animal cells already involved in animal husbandry, such as chicken, pig And livestockwhile Primeval Foods wants to distinguish itself with exotic animals, a marketing choice that is already enjoying considerable media success.

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Credit: Primal Foods

“Big cats are carnivores with a distinct mobility pattern, and this is the reason for their unique amino acid and protein profile. Elephants are colossal herbivores that travel long distances and the fat in their muscle tissues exposes an exceptional umami experience, ”points out the British company on its portal. People (fortunately) do not know the taste of the real meat of these animals and the packages on the supermarket shelves could attract many onlookers. As specified by Primeval Foods, a “rib” of the London company Ace Ventures, the goal is to produce a revolutionary food that has as its main objective those who eat meat, carnivoresnot vegans, who with their choice of life already make a valuable contribution to the protection of animals and the planet. “To have a significant and lasting impact on animals, we need to produce foods that carnivores want, not vegans, and that must be the sole purpose of launching an alternative protein startup,” Yilmaz Bora told Vegconomist.

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The meat market and the livestock industry in general, as well as having a devastating impact on the welfare of animals, especially those involved in intensive farmingis one of the main engines of the global warmingthe gravest threat looming over the future of humanity. Suffice it to say that, according to data from the recent Meat Atlas report, twenty large companies that produce meat and dairy products emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) of large industrialized countries such as France and Germany. The five most polluting in the world instead emit the same amount of saw the gas of one of the main ones oil companies international. Also in light of the enormous consumption of water and the impact on biodiversity of the vast grounds for raising animals and growing their feed, no wonder you follow one plant-based diet is considered one of the best ways to protect oneself and the planet. Not surprisingly, if we were all vegan, emissions would be blocked for 30 years, according to a new study.

Meat grown in the laboratory is therefore considered a potential, very valid alternative to that obtained from the killing of animals, but at the moment it is a small and experimental production that still has to be fully regulated. Furthermore, the production costs are very high and, in order to compete with the meat that is normally found on the shelves, it will still take a very long journey. Meanwhile Primeval Foods has announced that it will present its innovative exotic dishes in two starred restaurants and is already looking at future species to be included in the menus.

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