Speaking to the official Canadian broadcaster CBC, researchers Prof. Ravi Selvaganapathy and Prof. Alireza Shahin-Shamsabadi said that with the technique they adapted from a method used to obtain tissue for human transplants, they managed to obtain meat by stacking muscle cells and finely processed fats grown in the lab.
“We originally used mouse cells to do this, and we are currently working with rabbit cells. The production of this strain also applies to chicken, beef and other types of meat consumed by humans,” said Selvaganapathy, professor of engineering. biomedical. said.
Selvaganapathy explained that the living cell sheets, each about an A4 paper thick, were first grown in culture and then concentrated on growth plates before stripping, stacking and folding.
THEY COOKED THE MEAT THAT THEY PRODUCED IN THE LAB
Noting that the layers naturally bond together before the cells die, Selvaganapathy said they cooked and ate the new form of meat obtained from rabbit cells.
Selvaganapathy stated that in the last 5 or 6 years, various groups and companies around the world have investigated this technology, and they continue in the following way:
“We are the first group in the world to develop a tissue-like structure made up of fat and muscle. Because it is fat that gives meat the flavor. Previous groups could not add fat to growth itself, it could only build muscle. We were able to combine fat and muscle. The first in Canada to grow ‘cultured meat’. The group is definitely us. “
“VARIOUS PARTS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND ARE USED TO FEED ANIMALS”
Noting that as countries get richer, meat consumption increases, Selvaganapathy recalled that this makes it mandatory to use most of the land allocated to agriculture to raise feeders for animals.
As an example of this, Selvaganapathy cited the destruction of part of the Amazonian forests to grow soybeans, and claimed that Brazil exports soy produced here as pig feed to China.
“This technology will allow us to reduce the impact on the soil and water resources. This will allow us to grow crops for human consumption, such as rice and wheat on agricultural land. It will reduce the degradation of forests and, therefore, the impact on the climate , “Selvaganapathy said. I speak.
Selvaganapathy and Shahin-Shamsabadi, who founded a company called “CaroMeats” to begin commercializing the products they obtained with the technology they found, stated that the products will be released in the near future.