Laboratory-made chicken was served to customers for the first time.
It was the 1880 restaurant, located in an upscale district of Singapore, which participated in this “historic first” by offering artificial meat on its menu.
Creator of this “in vitro” chicken, the start-up Eat Just hopes to reduce the carbon footprint of meat consumption on the planet.
The company announced in early December that its laboratory meat grown from animal cells had been approved for sale as an ingredient in nuggets.
The Southeast Asian city-state is the first country in the world to allow such a practice.
Serving this artificial meat is a "revolutionary step in the fight against climate change and supplying the world population without damaging the planet", says the founder of the 1880 restaurant, Marc Nicholson.
"Considerable progress" in reducing costs
For Eat Just founder Josh Tetrick, this premiere “brings us closer to a world where the majority of the meat we'll eat won't require destroying a single forest, moving a single animal habitat, or using a single animal habitat. one drop of antibiotics ”.
Global meat consumption is expected to increase by 70% by 2050, and artificial meat may soon meet some of the demand, according to the start-up.
Intensive farming for meat consumption is a source of methane, a gas that promotes the greenhouse effect.
In some countries such as Brazil, this sector contributes to the destruction of forests, natural barriers to global warming.
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The demand for alternatives to meat is growing, but the products currently available are plant-based.
Dozens of start-ups are working on artificial meat projects around the world, however production has so far remained experimental.
Until now, the very high cost of producing this artificial meat has held back its development, but, according to a spokesperson for the start-up, Eat Just has made "considerable progress" in reducing costs. .