Why Cultured Meat is More Important Than Ever Going into 2020
As we write this, much of Australia is on fire: 24 million hectares have burned since September; an estimated one billion animals have been killed; long-term damage has been done to ecosystems; and, 28 humans are dead. But you likely already know this and it likely has deeply saddened you as it has us.
Scientists predict Australia’s fire seasons will become more frequent and more intense as climate change worsens.
Climate change contributes to fires by creating longer, more frequent periods of heat, which in turn dries out vegetation turning it into potential kindling.
Greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) contribute to this heating of the planet by trapping heat when it’s released into the atmosphere.
And, animal agriculture -- specifically, factory farming -- is among the single largest contributors to this process accounting for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (which is a share higher than all modes of transport combined).
Factory farming is also the largest source of water pollution and accounts for 30% of total land use, making it the number one cause of deforestation.
Also mind boggling is the fact that factory farms actually produce a small amount of meat, dairy and eggs when compared to the shocking amounts of waste and greenhouse gases they produce that pollute our land, air, and water.
This is where Because Animals comes in. Did you know that more than a quarter of the environmental effects of factory farming are directly attributable to pet food? And that almost all current commercial pet food is made with the animal by-products of the factory farming industry?
Because Animals believes that factory farming has no place in pet nutrition. We see three big problems with factory farming in terms of pet food. Factory farmed meat is:
Bad for our pets. Every year, multiple times a year, the FDA issues recalls on pet food products, typically due to bacterial or chemical contamination, including the animal euthanizing agent, pentobarbital.
Bad for farmed animals. Horrendous animal abuse and suffering has been well documented on factory farms.
Bad for people. Over a quarter of the environmental effects of the factory farming industry in terms of deforestation, water, and fossil fuel use are directly attributable to the food that Americans feed their cats and dogs.
All of which is to say, this is why we are working harder than ever to bring cultured meat pet food, for cats and dogs, to the market.
Culture-grown meat will result in none of the problems listed above because cultured meat 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.
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.
It is not overly dramatic to say that we need to urgently replace the unstainable practice of factory farming, for multiple reasons, and by doing so, we might just save the planet.