Skip to main content

Singapore first to approve ‘clean meat’

by Mareyah Bhatti, Jan 22
2 minutes read

Following a surge in demand for alternatives to regular meat, Singapore has approved ‘clean meat’ that is slaughter – free in a world first. This decision will allow companies such as Eat Just to sell lab-grown chicken meat.

man holding disposable cup standing beside food cart

The product, grown from animal muscle cells in a lab, tackles concerns around animal welfare and the climate crisis.

So what?

There is a lucrative market for meat alternatives, with Barclays suggesting that they could make up 10% of the meat industry by 2030. The rise in popularity of alternative meats such as plant-based products, sheds light on growing consumer demand for ethical products.

Despite the rising demand, the high cost of current clean products is set to be a challenge in attracting consumers to purchase them. Eat Just stated each of their lab-grown chicken nuggets would be $50 each.

However, Singapore’s support for clean meat by Eat Just has spurred on two other large start-ups to enter the cultured meat market – Future Meat Technologies and Memphis Meats. More investment in technologies developing the lab grown food, will certainly bring down the price but will it be enough to convince consumers that they’re safe for consumption? Could clean, cultured meat be the future of our diets?

Submit a signal of change button

Sources

Details

by Mareyah Bhatti Spotted 8 signals

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • 5
  • Share

Join discussion

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.

>