Why is it called 'clean meat?'
Just as renewable energy is considered clean, clean meat will have almost no harmful effect toward climate change. The amount of land, water, and pollution will be virtually non-existent compared to conventional meat, which is currently the number one cause of climate change. In addition, conventional meat requires a large amount of antibiotics to keep animals alive on factory farms. In fact, 70% of all antibiotics used goes to keeping factory-farmed animals alive. This poses a significant risk to humanity as it increases the chances of antibacterial-resistant bacterium. Clean meat avoids these problems, as it does not require antibiotics, lowers the risk of food-borne pathogens, and eliminates any drug residue found in the meat.
Why isn’t it called lab-grown meat?
Clean meat will be made in meat breweries, similar to beer breweries. Just as we don’t refer to beer as “lab-grown beer,” we won’t need to call meat grown in a lab, “lab-grown meat.” The public will be welcome to visit the facilities and see the process via live streaming on the Internet. This is an opposite approach from factory farming’s attempts to legally keep the public out of factory farms and from taking or possessing video footage of their facilities. Clean meat will be welcome to the public.
Doesn’t clean meat come from animals?
Originally, yes. A sesame seed sized biopsy taken without pain from a live (or deceased) animal is all we will need to feed the entire world.
Will clean meat be healthier?
Clean meat will be healthier than conventional meat (but not healthier than a whole foods plant based diet), as it is on a molecular level, exactly the same as conventional meat, but produced without the use of antibiotics, steroids, hormones, or harmful pathogens we find on factory farms.
Shouldn’t we be scared of something new?
Humans have, through technology, found a way to save animals, save the planet, keep us healthier, and satisfy whatever deep desire non-vegans have for eating animal flesh. The world’s population is expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050. The current food system will not be able to feed that number, and so we must look to new and unique ways of solving the issues of food security and global hunger. Clean meat provides a perfect solution to all these problems.
What about plant based meat? How is clean meat different?
Startup companies like Impossible Foods, Hampton Creek, and Beyond Meat have all been very successful in creating plant based meats that taste very much like real meat. Contrary to clean meat, plant based meats are made entirely from plants, while clean meat has no plant ingredients whatsoever. Clean meat is 100% meat.
Why do animal protection groups support faux meat?
Neither plant based meat nor clean meat involves the slaughter of animals. Both are great options for those humans who still desire to eat meat, despite its tremendously devastating effects on the planet, our health, and the billions of animals raised for food.