The Food Awareness Organization ProVeg International will talk about the potential of cultivated meat to create a sustainable food system at the upcoming Symposium “The Future of Food” in Germany.

The 21st Humboldt Symposium is being held on Wednesday, May 11 at Humboldt University in Berlin and will address key challenges affecting the food supply chain, including the threat of climate change, food waste, food insecurity and the effectiveness of fair trade in agriculture. .

“Cellular farming offers many promising opportunities without creating the environmental destruction that traditional meat causes through land and water use,” said Matilde Alexandre, ProVeg’s CellAg project manager.

“The technology also offers the opportunity to produce meat without the need to raise, raise or slaughter animals. Therefore, we look forward to presenting these opportunities at the Humboldt Symposium and helping to increase understanding and acceptance of this new industry, “she added.

ProVeg is actively campaigning to change the food system under the banner “Change the diet, not change the climate” and is working to reduce meat consumption by 50% by 2040, in part to reduce the environmental impact that there is meat on the planet.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has identified farmed meat as a key technology that can significantly reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from food production by developing cellular farming to replace traditional farming.

Singapore remains the only regulatory body to approve cultivated meat for trade in December 2020. The Dutch government made progress last month by allocating € 60 million to support the creation of an ecosystem around cellular agriculture.

Last year, UK Research and Innovation under the Food Transformation Program (UKRI) awarded a £ 1 million grant to Roslin Technologies of Edinburgh to develop its meat-growing technology, the first in the UK.

Another significant development last year was made by the Spanish government through its Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which allocated 5.2 million euros to a cultivated meat project led by BioTech Foods, examining the health effects of cultivated meat on cancer prevention. colon and dyslipidemia.

“Cellular farming has moved faster from academia to the private sector than most other technologies in biotechnology and biomedicine, so ProVeg recommends that governments fund public research in this nascent field,” Alexander said.

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