Singapore serves lab-grown meat to world leaders at COP27 climate conference

The Singapore government hosted a dinner in the second week of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in partnership with The Good Food Institute APAC and meat company Good Meat to promote lab-grown meat to the international community.

Also known as COP27The event, held from November 6 to 18 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, was attended by approximately 90 heads of state and representatives from more than 190 countries.

Singapore’s dinner farmed chickenwhich is grown from animal cells in a bioreactor will be served to current and former senior officials from Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bhutan, Laos, San Marino, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Malaysia at the Four Seasons resort on Nov. 14.

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“If we really want to stop climate change, we have to stop keeping animals,” said Josh Tetrick, CEO of Good Meat. Washington Post. “This allows us to enjoy real meat without any problems.”

Singapore produces about 10 percent of its own food and is highly dependent on imports. It remains the only place in the world where commercial sales are made cell-based meat is permitted.

The threats of climate change facing the planet’s marine ecosystems have also prompted the independent city-state to push for the regulation and eventual public consumption of cultivated seafood.

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Similar efforts to explore ways to develop lab-raised oysters, lobsters and other marine species are reportedly being made by dozens of companies around the world

While cell-based meat farming has been around for decades, researchers have looked at applying the technology to seafood amid the global decline in marine resources.

“It’s just a smarter way to make meat,” says Mirte Gosker, General Manager of Good Food Institute Asia Pacific Bloomberg. “Asian markets play a central role in this shift. Of the top 10 countries that eat the most fish, seven are in Asia, creating a sea of ​​opportunity for alternative fish producers.”

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On Nov. 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized lab-grown chicken from California company Upside Foods safe for public consumption. The company now needs additional approval from the Department of Agriculture before it can start selling its products in the US

Featured image via GOOD Meat

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