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Governments are being urged to invest in cultured meat in order to bring it ‘to the masses’. 

The news follows the announcement that Singapore became the world’s first country to approve of cell-based meat from Eat Just. 

The company recently made its restaurant debut – serving slaughter-free chicken to an inaugural table of customers, which included ‘a group of inspiring young people committed to building a better planet’. 

A ‘big step forward’

Despite describing the advancements as a ‘big step forward’, experts from The Good Food Insititute (GFI) say ‘significantly more government investment’ is needed. 

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, GFI Executive Director Bruce Friedrich said: “Just like governments support renewable energy and vaccine development, governments should be funding open-access cultivated meat science and innovation.

“The more that happens, the quicker we’ll see cultivated meat produced at volumes that will enable it to be sold in every restaurant in the world.

‘A global space-race’

Friedrich added: “We hope this sets off a global space-race level response from governments. 

“Shifting away from industrial animal agriculture and toward plant-based and cultivated meat represents one of humanity’s most promising solutions for tackling climate change.

“Singapore and Israel are leading the way on this transition and China, the EU, and the United States need to catch up.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.