Culture, meat, and cultured meat

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Abstract

Cultured meat grown in vitro from animal cells has the potential to address many of the ethical, environmental, and public health issues associated with conventional meat production. However, as well as overcoming technical challenges to producing cultured meat, producers and advocates of the technology must consider a range of social issues, including consumer appeal and acceptance, media coverage, religious status, regulation, and potential economic impacts. Whilst much has been written on the prospects for consumer appeal and acceptance of cultured meat, less consideration has been given to the other aspects of the social world that will interact with this new technology. Here, each of these issues is considered in turn, forming a view of cultured meat as a technology with a diverse set of societal considerations and far-reaching social implications. It is argued that the potential gains from a transition to cultured meat are vast, but that cultural phenomena and institutions must be navigated carefully for this nascent industry to meet its potential.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberskaa172
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Animal Science
Volume98
Issue number8
Early online date3 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • cultured meat
  • food technology
  • meat alternatives
  • regulation
  • religion
  • social institutions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics

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