Union minister Maneka Gandhi favours promotion of ‘clean meat’ (laboratory-grown meat) against animal Meat which, she said, may not be healthy.
She said this “clean meat” may also help solve the problem of lynching, assault and intimidation by cow protection groups, which is creating “a pervasive air of violence”.
“Clean meat has been invented. The cellular multiplications of meat cells in a meat serum is already there. The point is, how do we put it into a commercial form and how do we involve industry?” she said, speaking after inaugurating an event on ‘The Future of Protein: A summit on the new food revolution’ at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Gandhi said a private survey found that 66% consumers are ready to accept lab-grown “ahimsa” meat taken from animal cells and that top IT giants were investing in the clean meat technology, reported The Times of India. Maneka said CCMB should make the technology available so that clean meat can be sold in the markets in the next five years.
She also said people should opt for lab-grown meat since methane released by animals is the biggest contributor to global warming. “This [global warming] is leading to extreme disasters like the floods in Kerala, tsunami in Tamil Nadu and the melting of glaciers,” she said. “If we get rid of animals meant for meat production, methane will come down.”
The Union minister said animals must not be bred for consumption alone. She claimed that the clean meat technology would also boost rural economy.
The CCMB and Humane Society International (HSI) India have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and promote clean meat in India.
Gandhi said government institutions like the CCMB should conduct research on the subject and make the data available to all as the technology would remain expensive (and may not replace animals) if foreign countries are allowed to develop and distribute it in the country.
She said the technology on ‘clean meat’ is at an advanced stage in the US with people having already gone into trials and it may also get Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognition by next year.
Asked about the argument that meat is seen as a source of protein for poor people, she said it is better to eat good protein.
“I am not attempting to put you on to a plant-based diet even though I would like to. I am saying that I cannot stop you from eating meat. So, why not eat good meat? Take the best possible cells. Multiply them… Clean meat means meat that has been multiplied by using animal cells,” she said.
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