A close up of someones hands pulling apart a cultured chicken nugget The FDA hasn't approved cultured meat in the US yet, but it could happen soon. - Media Credit: GOOD Meat

Eat Just Makes History Again With The World’s Largest Cultured Meat Vats

Eat Just's cultured meat division GOOD Meat wants to bring slaughter-free meat to US consumers

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In 2020, Eat Just made history when it became the first company to sell cultured chicken to the public in Singapore. But the company—which has a cultured meat division called GOOD Meat—is just getting started. It has signed an agreement to create the biggest-ever bioreactors for making cultured meat.

Essentially large vats, the 10 bioreactors will be located in the US, cover four stories, and will have enough capacity (250,000 liters) to produce up to 30 million pounds of cultured meat. (Also known as lab-grown, cell-based, or cultivated meat, cultured meat is grown from cells in a lab. It doesn’t require the slaughter of animals.)

To build the bioreactors, GOOD Meat has teamed up with ABEC. The company specializes in engineered process solutions in biotechnology. It’s hoped the new facility will be operational by 2024, with full capacity reached by 2030.

A move to slaughter-free meat

Currently, the meat industry is unsustainable. It contributes 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, is the leading cause of deforestation, and slaughters billions of animals every single year. Cultured meat requires significantly fewer resources, and as a result, has a much smaller impact on the planet and animals.

GOOD Meat will begin by producing cultured chicken and beef in the new bioreactors. The aim is to, ultimately, supply millions of consumers in the US with its slaughter-free products.

Right now, Singapore is the only country to give regulatory approval to cultured meat. But in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture are actively working together to figure out how to monitor and regulate the industry.

Eat Just’s CEO Josh Tetrick also confirmed to the Guardian that the company has submitted an application to the FDA. He added that the company is not sure when approval will happen. However, he is sure that slaughter-free meat will help to create a more sustainable, ethical, and modern food system.

Tetrick said: “I think our grandchildren are going to ask us why we ate meat from slaughtered animals back in 2022.”

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Diana
Diana
26 days ago

Wow! This is exciting! I don’t know what we did before we had Just Egg. Then there was Brave Robot REAL ice cream minus the cow. Now this. How very exciting for all of us. Slaughter-free meat. Just Wow

Bertie
Bertie
26 days ago

‘cultured meat is grown from cells in a lab’. Shouldn’t you say clearly: ‘cultured meat is grown from nonhuman animal cells in a lab’?

Patrick
Patrick
26 days ago

Animal slaughtered meat has deleterious effects on your body. Will lab grown meat have the same effects?

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Plant Based News Admin
11 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

Thanks for your comment Patrick. I don’t believe we have any studies currently directly comparing the health impacts of of lab grown vs ‘real’ meat, though from what we’ve seen it seems to be lower in saturated fat, heme iron, and free of growth hormones… plant-based meats seem to be the best choice overall anyways. 🙂

Patrick Daugharty
Patrick Daugharty
11 days ago

I’m thinking there would still be IGF 1 with lab grown meat. Would you believe that to be correct? My understanding is that hormone stimulates cancer growth.

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Plant Based News Admin
11 days ago

You very well could be correct! Though we’re not positive, there does not seem to be much information regarding that yet.

Faez
Faez
10 days ago
Reply to  Patrick

You bet! It’s not just the haem iron and antibiotics, which apparently get controlled in cellular meat. Cellular meat will still have to contend with TMAO-induced inflammation and metabolic acidosis. I guess it will all boil down to meat (cellular or otherwise) just not being suitable for humans. Period.

Last edited 10 days ago by Faez
Faez
Faez
25 days ago

What’s the growth medium? The last I checked, cellular meat grows on FBS (fetal blood serum). Definitely not vegan! Don’t buy into this when plant-based alternatives readily exist — at a fraction of the cost and energy requirements.

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11 days ago
Reply to  Faez

Thanks for your comment. Most cultivated meat companies have removed FBS from their growth mediums, though we can not confirm the growing medium Eat Just is currently using.

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