Cultured meat needs a race to mission not a race to market

October 18, 2022

Authors: Holmes, Dwayne; Humbird, David; Dutkiewicz, Jan; Tejeda-Saldana, Yadira; Duffy, Breanna; Datar, Isha

Cultured meat has the potential to improve animal welfare while more sustainably, safely, and securely producing meat compared to current animal agriculture. High expectations for the industry’s success and the market opportunity have fuelled anticipation for a swift rollout to markets, creating a race-to-market atmosphere. Dwayne Holmes et. al discuss five key parameters representing minimal states of technological readiness that should be achieved before bringing products to market: 1) creating slaughter-free solutions, including supply chains, 2) collaboratively and transparently developing analytical capabilities and standards for assessing safety and nutrition, 3) proactively pursuing sustainability, 4) cooperatively assessing scalability, and 5) practicing open science to accelerate progress. The authors call for a race-to-mission and collective progress, instead of the current race-to-market mindset.

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* Cite as: Holmes, D., Humbird, D., Dutkiewicz, J., Tejeda-Saldana, Y., Duffy, B., & Datar, I. (2022). Cultured meat needs a race to mission not a race to market. Nature Food, 3, 785–787.
* License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International