Natural and sustainable – cellular agriculture’s normative uncertainty

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Cultured meat is increasingly being touted by animal industry players and leading animal advocates alike as a viable alternative to flesh from slaughtered animals. At first glance, cultured meat, which is made from stem cells collected from ostensibly harmless biopsies of living animals and grown in vats, seems like a logical and even ingenious solution to the otherwise seemingly insurmountable problem of balancing the growing global demand for animal flesh with urgent concerns surrounding the massive environmental and animal welfare costs intrinsic to industrial animal food production. Unfortunately, however, upon closer examination it quickly becomes clear that this optimism is unfounded: cultured meat is far from a panacea to the ills inherent to animal agriculture. In fact, by working hand-in-hand with some of the biggest food corporations and meat producers to develop and promote cultured meat, and by shifting focus away from the development of sustainable plant-based alternatives to animal protein, the cultured meat project perpetuates those very ills.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming food systems: ethics, innovation and responsibility
EditorsD. Bruce, A. Bruce
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
ISBN (Electronic)9789086869398
ISBN (Print)9789086863877
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022
EventEurSafe 2022 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 202210 Sep 2022


ConferenceEurSafe 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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