An Australian company, Vow, has unveiled a lab-grown meatball made from the genetic sequence of a long-extinct mammoth in a science museum in Amsterdam. Cultivated meat, also known as cultured or cell-based meat, is produced from animal cells, without the need to kill livestock. Advocates say it is not only better for the environment but also for animals.
Vow used publicly available genetic information from the mammoth and filled in the missing parts with genetic data from its closest living relative, the African elephant, and then inserted it into a sheep cell.
While more than 100 companies worldwide are working on cultivated meat products, only Singapore has approved cell-based meat for consumption so far. The mammoth meatball is a one-off and will not be put into commercial production but was created as a source of protein to promote discussion about the future of meat.
Lab-Grown Meatball Innovation
An Australian startup called Vow has unveiled a lab-grown meatball made from the genetic sequence of the extinct wooly mammoth in Amsterdam. The purpose of this project was to create a dialogue around the potential of high-tech food, according to Tim Noakesmith, the founder of Vow.
The meatball was made using genetic information from the mammoth, which was then combined with African elephant genetic data, and inserted into a sheep cell, which was cultivated in a lab.
This method of meat production does not require animals to be slaughtered, and advocates believe it is better for the environment. The wooly mammoth was selected as the genetic source to symbolize the potential of a more sustainable future.
Sustainable Food Discussion in Amsterdam
Seren Kell, a manager at Good Food Institute, a non-profit that promotes plant and cell-based food alternatives, expressed his hope that this project would start a conversation about the potential of cultivated meat to produce more sustainable food, reduce the environmental impact of food production, and free up land for less intensive farming practices.
The meat cultivation sector, which is mainly focused on traditional livestock such as cattle, pigs, and poultry, may be impacted by this unusual mammoth-based meat product.
The mammoth meatball was showcased at an Amsterdam science museum but was not intended for commercial production. Vow intends to sell its first product, which is a cultivated Japanese quail meat, in Singapore later this year.
An Australian company, Vow, showcased a lab-grown mammoth meatball in Amsterdam, sparking discussions about futuristic food. Cultivated meat, made without harming animals, is deemed better for the environment. Vow’s mammoth creation is symbolic, not for commercial sale, aiming to prompt dialogue about sustainable food. Their focus remains on introducing cultivated Japanese quail meat in Singapore.