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World's First Lab-Grown Meat Factory Has Just Opened Up

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World's First Lab-Grown Meat Factory Has Just Opened Up

The world's first facility dedicated to creating entirely lab-grown meat has just opened up in Israel, and it apparently has the capacity to create 5,000 slaughter-free burgers every single day.

It's been opened by Israeli biotech company Future Meat and described it as the 'world's first industrial cultured meat facility', which is catchy enough.

It can apparently turn out 1,100lbs of lab grown meat products every single day, which is pretty good.

The company also claims it can get meat produced quicker than the traditional way, which involves - you know - rearing and farming animals.

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In a press release, CEO Rom Kshuk said: "This facility opening marks a huge step in Future Meat Technologies' path to market, serving as a critical enabler to bring our products to shelves by 2022."

The Future Meat facility in Israel. Credit: Future Meat
The Future Meat facility in Israel. Credit: Future Meat

This could represent a great way to reduce the impact of the meat industry on the world, making the environment healthier, as well as providing some actual alternatives to meat from animals that have to be slaughtered.

It could also pave the way for other such facilities to open, particularly in the US and the UK, where the popularity of plant-based meat alternatives is on the rise.

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Kshuk added: "Having a running industrial line accelerates key processes such as regulation and product development."

Future Meat claims that their processes create 80 percent less greenhouse emissions, use up 99 percent less land, and consumes 96 percent less water than traditional meat farming and production.

That's got to be a good thing, right?

Future Meat can produce lamb, chicken, and bacon. Credit: Future Meat
Future Meat can produce lamb, chicken, and bacon. Credit: Future Meat
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It's also - they say - 20 percent quicker than raising animals for slaughter.

But, I hear you ask, what kinds of meat are on the menu?

Well, the factory can produce cell-based chicken, pork and lamb, with beef 'coming soon' according to a press release.

Aren't you already salivating at the prospect of a cell-based club sandwich with chicken and bacon?

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No? Well, you'll get used to it eventually.

The first Future Meat facility could pave the way for more like it. Credit: Future Meat
The first Future Meat facility could pave the way for more like it. Credit: Future Meat

Future Meat chief scientific officer Yaakov Nahmias said: "After demonstrating that cultured meat can reach cost parity faster than the market anticipated, this production facility is the real game-changer."

He added: "This facility demonstrates our proprietary media rejuvenation technology in scale, allowing us to reach production densities 10-times higher than the industrial standard.

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"Our goal is to make cultured meat affordable for everyone, while ensuring we produce delicious food that is both healthy and sustainable, helping to secure the future of coming generations."

Featured Image Credit: Future Meat

Topics: Science, Food, World News, Interesting, Food And Drink, Technology, Weird

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