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HSI, CCMB join hands to develop lab-grown meat

HSI, CCMB join hands to develop lab-grown meat

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Hyderabad, March 28: The Humane Society Intertiol/India on Wednesdasy said it has joined hands with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology to develop and promote laboratory grown meat in India. Called ‘clean meat’, it is touted to be the next revolution in the way meat is produced, HSI said on Wednesday. By collaborating with the Atal Incubation Centre under CCMB, the partnership looks to promote the technology to develop clean meat while bringing start-ups and regulators together under the same roof.

The effort to develop clean meat has emerged due to the unsustaible methods of large-scale industrial animal agriculture. The current intensive practices neglect basic animal welfare, and consequently pose a threat to the environment and food security, it said. Clean meat production requires far less land and water than conventiol meat production and therefore alleviates repercussions of exponential climatic change. Clean meat technology obliterates the severe environmental damages resulting from poor waste magement prevalent in current farming practices. The technology does not require antibiotics, produces no bacterial contamition and ensures the welfare of animals.

“While technology exists to multiply literally any type of cell, including mammalian cells, the scaling up of the same in a economically affordable manner as a meat substitute remains a major challenge. There may also be cultural and social factors that will need to be addressed for this to be socially acceptable,” said CCMB Director Rakesh Mishra. (IANS)

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