In our last blog in the series, we talked about the two categories of unconventional meats and understood the difference between them. We discussed about mock meats and lab-grown meats.
In this blog, we would answer the question is lab-grown meat Vegan? Why and why not?
Well, the answer is that lab-grown meat is generally neither vegan nor cruelty-free. But there are exceptions.
Read further to know more.
As we discussed in the previous blog, that lab-grown meat is created by culturing animal cells that have a high rate of proliferation in a nutrient-rich solution called growth medium.
The first person (Dutch scientist, Mark Post) who presented, world’s first lab-grown burger at a press conference in 2013, grew cells in an animal-based broth to make his lab-grown meat patty.
“Eventually my vision is that you have a limited herd of donor animals in the world that you keep in stock and that you get your cells from there,”
The real threat to vegans in lab-grown meat is Fetal bovine serum (FBS) poses an issue for vegans interested in lab-grown meat.
FBS is made from the blood of a cow fetus. It is also the most widely used serum-supplement in the industry for eukaryotic cells.
In fact, the cells that these scientists need for culturing also generally come from some kind of animal torture or slaughter. Hence, more often than not lab-grown meat is neither vegan nor cruelty-free.
BUT Wait for it!! As I said, there can be exceptions.
There are some companies like JUST. Their process of the production revolves around making the whole thing cruelty free.
The JUST team waited for their pet chicken to drop a feather naturally. And they used that feather to create chicken nuggets while their pet chicken was roaming around freely.