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A company spawn from Oxford University is scaling up cell-cultured meat production in the UK – using technology developed in the same building as the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Ivy Farm Technologies plans to remove the equivalent of 170,000 pigs from the production line by producing over 12,000 tonnes of pork.

Ivy Farm Technologies

The process works by taking a small number of cells from a pig and placing them in a bioreactor. Once vitamins and nutrients are added, it is ready for harvest. This takes around three to four weeks.

Since developing the system, Ivy Farm is raising £16 million in order to build a pilot research and development production facility near the university.

It will mark the first step in the plan to become global industry leaders.

Moreover, the company says the ‘scaffold system’ it developed means it can produce cells more quickly and cheaply than any other technology currently available across the world.

It hopes to roll out slaughter-free sausages in supermarkets and restaurants by 2023.

‘Great for meat-lovers’

Co-founder Russ Tucker is eyeing putting the UK on the map in the cell-cultured meat sector.

In a statement sent to PBN, he said: “If you look at the world around us, the way we currently produce and consume food is unsustainable. 

“Cultured meat is the silver bullet – through cutting-edge technology, we can provide real, high-quality meat while saving the planet.”

Russ Tucker, Ivy Farm Technologies

“Already nearly half the worldwide harvest is required to feed livestock and that’s only going to go up.

“Cultured meat is the silver bullet – through cutting-edge technology, we can provide real, high-quality meat while saving the planet.

“Ivy Farm will be great for the environment, great for meat lovers, and great for animals as there’s no slaughter.”

Slaughter-free

People are becoming more interested in trying cell-cultured meat. According to Ivy Farm, more than 50 percent are willing to buy it.

It comes after the predictions claim a staggering 60 percent of all meat consumed in 2040 will not come from dead animals.

Rich Dillon, Ivy Farm Chief Executive, said: “Make no mistake, cultured meat is here to stay. It’s a compelling proposition – real meat, guilt-free.

“We believe our technology is among the best in the world and that we can fly the flag for Britain.”

Currently, the company is in talks with the Food Standards Agency. They will have to authorize the products before they can be sold. 

Emily is a News and Features Writer for Plant Based News. She has previously worked as a journalist in Devon, UK, reporting on local issues from politics to the environment.