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This chicken from Memphis Meats was produced with cells taken from an animal and grown into meat in a "cultivator." The process is analogous to how yeast is grown in breweries to produce beer. Allison Aubrey/dienmayducminh.com.vn hide caption



This chicken from Memphis Meats was produced with cells taken from an animal and grown into meat in a "cultivator." The process is analogous to how yeast is grown in breweries lớn produce beer.

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Memphis Meats, a Berkeley, Calif.-based startup, says it"s one step closer khổng lồ bringing cell-based meat khổng lồ consumers" mouths.

The company plans khổng lồ build a pilot production facility with funds raised from high-profile investors including Bill Gates, Richard Branson & Kimbal Musk, as well as two giant players in the animal protein and feed space, Cargill and Tyson Foods. The company says its latest funding round has brought in $161 million in new investment.

"People thought this was all science fiction" when the company was founded back in 2015, Uma Valeti, the co-founder và CEO of Memphis Meats, told dienmayducminh.com.vn in an interview at the company"s headquarters. "Everything that we"ve done at Memphis Meats started to show that this can be done," Valeti said. "This is real."

Interest in cell-based meat production and other meat alternatives has increased amid growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional livestock agriculture.

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Valeti and his team walked us through the process of producing cell-based meat. It starts with the selection of specific types of animal cells that can grow to lớn become meat. Next, the cells are fed & put in a "cultivator" — similar khổng lồ a fermenting tank — where they can grow và form muscle & connective tissue. The process is analogous khổng lồ the way breweries grow yeast cells lớn produce beer. Only here, they"re growing animal cells.



But Memphis Meats và its competitors face quite a few hurdles in bringing cell-based meats lớn market. For starters, the cost of production needs to lớn come down. Back in 2018, Wired reported that a pound of Memphis Meats takes $2,400 to lớn produce, in part because of the expensive growth mediums — or feed — needed to culture cells.

"Our costs have continued khổng lồ come down significantly over the last three years," Valeti told us in an thư điện tử Wednesday. "We have a clear path lớn bringing a cost competitive sản phẩm to market as we scale our production and that"s part of what our latest funding round will help us to lớn unlock," Valeti said. He said the company will continue to lớn work on developing low-cost feed for the cells, which is one significant piece of the puzzle.

Decisions over how best khổng lồ label, regulate và inspect cell-based meats are another challenge. In late 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced that the two agencies would nói qua regulatory oversight, but there are still many issues to resolve.

"The agencies have outlined a path khổng lồ market, Valeti said, "and we will continue providing them with the information they need khổng lồ fill in the details."