Cultured meat production uses much fewer land and water resources, as well as generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar meat products.
The conventional intensive meat production model is developed on an unstainable scale for a depleted planet. Today, livestock farming accounts for 25% of the land and water use on the planet and 15% of greenhouse gas emissions. Sustained development of this model is threating the existing and long-term capacity of the Earth’s resources. We are therefore faced with a model that is not sustainable in the long-term.
Global demand for protein currently stands at 202 million tonnes a year. This includes all types of meat and fish. This demand is forecast to increase to 1000 million tonnes by 2050, according to the latest data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. This means that it is essential to find a biosustainable alternative that, combining the most advanced technology with environmental protection, meets future demand.
Cultured meat production uses much fewer resources: 99% less land, 75% less water and 90% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar meat products.
Both production methods will undoubtedly co-exist because the consumer will demand it, but there seems to be no doubt that the overall production model will benefit.