Farmed vs. Cultured Meat: The Shocking Environmental Costs

April 1 marks the official start of Earth Day chatter around the world, which makes it a great time to talk about the Because Animals’ mission to create slaughter-free pet food using cultured meat. 

We won’t mince words: Animal agriculture is bad for the planet. It’s the leading cause of climate change, habitat destruction and the exploitation of fisheries, forests and other resources.

Did you know?

  • And, in terms of pet food, more than a quarter of the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry are directly attributable to the foods that Americans feed their cats and dogs.

Cultured meat has none of those problems

  • Culture-grown meat has none of those problems because it is meat grown without raising or slaughtering animals. It is grown in a way that is similar to how tissue develops in an animal, except that cultured meat begins with a small collection of animal cells that are grown in a nutrient-rich environment outside the animal.
  • What this means is no raising, housing, feeding or slaughtering of animals. And that ultimately means preserving precious resources such as water, land, electricity and time. See the chart below for the staggering numbers. 
    • Cultured meat has the same nutritional value and composition as animal­-based meat. It is, in fact, meat. Though in contrast to traditional meat, our cultured meat is grown without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones; and without animal suffering and slaughter. And it doesn’t cause environmental damage. 
    • Cultured meat will also be free of disease, which is a significant point in light of the current Covid-19 situation. Intense, large-scale confinement of animals pose a public health threat by increasing the potential to spread emerging zoonotic diseases (either viral or bacterial) such as Covid-19, SARS, MERS, Avian flu, Swine flu and more, to humans.

    Bottom line

    Easing our reliance on animals in the food system will have wide-reaching benefits including a massive reduction to a very large ecological footprint. Now is the time to support this change. We can’t waste another minute.