Lab-Grown Meat’s Carbon Footprint Potentially Worse Than Retail Beef

March 20, 2024 | by magnews24.com

https://www.ucdavis.edu/food/news/lab-grown-meat-carbon-footprint-worse-beef?fbclid=IwAR0sP2J9f1ncAOMxzvi6umcLYyOiEuG1y0fTnMYpbD1_0km

Lab-grown meat, which is cultured from animal cells, is often thought to be more environmentally friendly than beef because it’s predicted to need less land, water and greenhouse gases than raising cattle. But in a preprint, not yet peer-reviewed, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that lab-grown or “cultivated” meat’s environmental impact is likely to be “orders of magnitude” higher than retail beef based on current and near-term production methods.

Researchers conducted a life-cycle assessment of the energy needed and greenhouse gases emitted in all stages of production and compared that with beef. One of the current challenges with lab-grown meat is the use of highly refined or purified growth media, the ingredients needed to help animal cells multiply. Currently, this method is similar to the biotechnology used to make pharmaceuticals. This sets up a critical question for cultured meat production: Is it a pharmaceutical product or a food product?

Well, so much for that idea 🤬

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