Because Animals is growing cultured meat (often referred to as lab grown meat or cell-based meat) for pet food.
Cultured meat is made of the same stuff that traditional meat is — a collection of animal cells.
Meat in the traditional sense happens when a collection of cells grow inside a body. But, when given the right nutrients, these cells can also grow inside a container we call a bioreactor. The end result in both scenarios is 100% meat.
The meat Because Animals’ is making for pet food is nutritionally-identical to traditional animal meat. Here is how we are doing it.
- To start the process of growing our cultured meat we collect a small sample of animal cells. We do this in the most humane way possible to ensure no harm comes to the animal. The animal is given anesthetic and a small skin sample from, for example, the ear, is taken. A veterinarian performs these procedures.
- From that sample we isolate the necessary cells and feed them a mixture of protein, vitamins, minerals and other necessary nutrients and then pop them into a bioreactor (it’s like a womb!) where those cells grow and divide to form a collection of tissue that is ultimately cultured meat.
- Then it’s harvest time and we simply collect the meat from the bioreactor and then incorporate this meat into our nutritious recipes for treats and food for cats and dogs!
In summary, cultured meat has the same nutritional value and composition as animal-based 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!
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