To better understand what cultured meat is, it is first helpful to understand what meat is.
All meat is simply a collection of animal cells. Meat in the traditional sense is produced when these cells grow inside a body. But, when given the right nutrients, these cells can also grow inside a specialized container called a bioreactor. The end result in both scenarios is 100% meat.
Our Cultured Meat Process
In a one-time scenario, a small sample of animal cells are collected from an animal, normally from a single biopsy. This is done as humanely as possible, and can be considered the equivalent of an ear piercing in a human being.
From that sample the necessary cells are isolated and fed a nutritious blend of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, all inside a bioreactor, which is warm and allows for gas exchange.
As those cells consume nutrients, they continue to grow and divide, ultimately producing more cells to yield a larger and larger biomass.
At harvest time, the cells are collected from the bioreactor and blended with other nutritious ingredients to form nutritionally-complete foods for cats and dogs.
Ultimately, cultured meat allows people to continue to feed cats and dogs the meat they love without any of the negative impacts associated with traditional meat. No animals raised inhumanely for slaughter. No greenhouse gas emissions. No wasteful use of natural resources. No antibiotics or growth hormones. And, no risk to pet or human public health in terms of bacterial contamination and zoonotic diseases. Win, win, win!
To read everything you could want to know about our cultured meat check out our White Paper, Cultured Meat: The Future of Pet Food authored by our CEO & co-founder, Shannon Falconer, PhD.