We have added an important achievement to the exciting challenge in which we are immersed: to make cultured meat a reality in our diet soon. The CULTUREDMEAT project, led on the technological side by our company BioTech Foods, has received the highest rating in the ‘Missions’ call of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI). We tell you all the details of our mission!
The CULTUREDMEAT project aims to research meat produced from cellular agriculture that, together with the development of healthy fats and functional ingredients, allows the production of meat products for the prevention of colon cancer and increase in the concentration of cholesterol and lipids in the blood.
This project has submitted to the ‘Missions’ call of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), a program aimed at supporting strategic sectorial business innovation initiatives within the framework of the State Programme for Business Leadership in R&D&I of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020. Out of a total of 128 proposals submitted, only 24 were approved, with CULTUREDMEAT being the best rated in Spain in all areas of the call.
In the context of a world threatened by climate change, where population growth poses a challenge when it comes to combining food and sustainability, cultured meat is undoubtedly one of the greatest innovations of our century, integrating food safety, animal welfare, and sustainability.
Who forms ‘Culturedmeat’?
CULTUREDMEAT has come into being through the cooperation of national biotechnology companies specialized in nutrition and production technologies. BioTech Foods is leading the technological part of this project. Seven other entities and ten research organizations are involved in the consortium.
Benefits of cultured meat and challenges
The consumption of red meat is associated with diseases like colon cancer and dyslipidemia. In Spain, specifically, colon cancer is the most frequent cancer in the population. Research into functional ingredients that can help prevent these diet-related diseases with a high social impact is fundamental.
The biggest challenge for the cultured meat sector now is the industrial scale-up to produce sufficient volumes. Cultivated meat production has aroused great interest in the industry and, numerous investment funds are betting on this meat of the future that reduces environmental impact and protects animal welfare. Research and development projects for cultured meat are now also the focus of attention from public institutions.
A few months ago, the European Union, through its Horizon 2020 program, awarded the first public investment in cultured meat (more than 2.7 million euros) to the ‘Meat4All’ project, an international consortium led by BioTech Foods. This joint work aims to supply the world’s growing demand for animal protein while addressing the main drawbacks of today’s industrial livestock farming: health, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare issues.
Cultured meat’ is already a benchmark in the global alternative protein sector and, Spain is among the few countries with advanced business projects that are scaling up production to start commercialization. Biotech Foods, which has been working since 2017 on the development of its ‘Ethicameat’ cultured meat, was the first Spanish company to enter this market.